Snapdragon 625 vs Kirin 950

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (with Adreno 506 graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 950 (Mali-T880 MP4). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Has a smaller size transistor (14 versus 16 nm)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 950
  • Supports 243% higher memory bandwidth (25.6 against 7.46 GB/s)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~38%)
  • 20% higher CPU clock speed (2400 vs 2000 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 18%) AnTuTu 9 score – 134K vs 113K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 950 +18%
134233
CPU 41253 51279
GPU 12372 16063
Memory 30571 28644
UX 30687 39561
Total score 113853 134233

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 950 +99%
339
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 950 +25%
1276
Image compression 75.05 Mpixels/s 72.5 Mpixels/s
Face detection 9.85 images/s 10.6 images/s
Speech recognition 18.85 words/s 20.75 words/s
Machine learning 12.55 images/s 16.35 images/s
Camera shooting 6.1 images/s 9.14 images/s
HTML 5 1.4 Mnodes/s 1.5 Mnodes/s
SQLite 366.8 Krows/s 364 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 97% -
Graphics test 1 FPS -
Score 189 -

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 625 and Kirin 950

CPU

Architecture 8x 2 GHz – Cortex-A53 4x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A72
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2000 MHz 2400 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
Process 14 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 2 billion
TDP 5 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 506 Mali-T880 MP4
Architecture Adreno 500 Midgard
GPU frequency 650 MHz 900 MHz
Execution units 1 4
Shading units 96 64
FLOPS 124 Gigaflops 122 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 11.1 11.2

Memory

Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR4
Memory frequency 933 MHz -
Bus 1x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 7.46 Gbit/s 25.6 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 546 No
Storage type eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.0
Max display resolution 1900 x 1200 2560 x 1600
Max camera resolution 1x 24MP, 2x 13MP 1x 21MP, 2x 16MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X9 -
4G support LTE Cat. 7 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 100 Mbps Up to 50 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced February 2016 November 2015
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number MSM8953 Hi3650
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 official site -

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