Snapdragon 632 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 (with Adreno 506 graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 970 (Mali G72 MP12). 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 632
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 10-months later
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Performs 2.8x better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 2.7x) AnTuTu 9 score – 331K vs 121K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 14 nm)
  • 31% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 1800 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~17%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +173%
331883
CPU 62654 77623
GPU 11675 101795
Memory 30153 69208
UX 16986 83622
Total score 121368 331883

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +45%
384
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +30%
1354
Image compression 81 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.3 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 18.95 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 13.05 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 8.73 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.05 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 426.3 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Kirin 970 +392%
832
Stability - 76%
Graphics test 1 FPS 4 FPS
Score 169 832

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 632 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 250 Gold (Cortex-A73
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 250 Silver (Cortex-A53)
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 1800 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache - 512 KB
L3 cache - 2 MB
Process 14 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 7 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 506 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 500 Bifrost
GPU frequency 725 MHz 850 MHz
Execution units 1 12
Shading units 96 192
FLOPS 124.8 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 933 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth - 29.8 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 546 Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 1920 x 1200 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 40MP, 2x 13MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X9 LTE -
4G support LTE Cat. 7 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced June 2018 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SDM632 Hi3670
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 official site HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site

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