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Snapdragon 636 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (with Adreno 509 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 636
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Performs 89% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 60%) AnTuTu 8 score – 230K vs 143K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 14 nm)
  • 31% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 1800 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +60%
230768
CPU 62945 66289
GPU 24483 73245
Memory 30326 50039
UX 27466 41387
Total score 143946 230768

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +40%
384
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +19%
1342
Image compression 75.3 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 10.7 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 20.45 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 15.45 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 9.79 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.51 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 410.2 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 636 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.6 GHz – Kryo 260 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
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 2 MB
Process 14 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 9 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 509 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 500 Bifrost
GPU frequency 720 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 1 12
Shading units 128 192
FLOPS 184 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12.1 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1333 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth - 29 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 680 Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2340 x 1080 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 24MP, 2x 16MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X12 -
4G support LTE Cat. 12 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 600 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

Info

Announced October 2017 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SDM636 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
8 (42.1%)
11 (57.9%)
Total votes: 19

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