Snapdragon 690 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 (with Adreno 619L graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 980 (Mali G76 MP10). 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 690
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 1-year and 10-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~32%)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Supports 113% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 40%) AnTuTu 9 score – 485K vs 346K
  • 30% higher CPU clock speed (2600 vs 2000 MHz)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 8 nm)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 980 +40%
485529
CPU 110385 140916
GPU 76645 143456
Memory 63724 83772
UX 94636 115457
Total score 346571 485529

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +15%
699
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +34%
2481
Image compression 111.3 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 16.9 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 28.8 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 26.7 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 15.9 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.25 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 579.5 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Kirin 980 +207%
2489
Stability 99% 48%
Graphics test 4 FPS 14 FPS
Score 811 2489

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - Huawei Nova 5T
1080 x 2340
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 690 and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 2x 2 GHz – Kryo 560 Gold (Cortex-A77)
6x 1.7 GHz – Kryo 560 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 1.92 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2000 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 512 KB
L3 cache - 4 MB
Process 8 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 619L Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 950 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 128 160
FLOPS - 691 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 692 Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 3120 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 16MP 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, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X51 -
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 21
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 1400 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced June 2020 August 2018
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM6350 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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