Snapdragon 710 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (with Adreno 616 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 710
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 9-months later
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Has 1 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 710
  • Supports 100% higher memory bandwidth (29.8 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~31%)
  • Shows better (up to 22%) AnTuTu 9 score – 322K vs 263K
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +22%
322402
CPU 73981 76021
GPU 64644 96440
Memory 48733 66735
UX 74495 82554
Total score 263929 322402

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
1454
1375
Image compression 91.1 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 13.95 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 25.95 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 22.2 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 12.75 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.71 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 467.95 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Kirin 970 +52%
832
Stability 96% 75%
Graphics test 3 FPS 4 FPS
Score 549 832

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 39 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 35 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 26 FPS
[Low]
-
Shadowgun Legends 53 FPS
[Low]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 55 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Device Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
1080 x 2340
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We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 710 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 360 Gold (Cortex-A75)
6x 1.7 GHz – Kryo 360 Silver (Cortex-A55)
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2200 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache 384 KB 512 KB
L3 cache 1 MB 2 MB
Process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 5.3 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 6 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 616 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 650 MHz 850 MHz
Execution units 2 12
Shading units 128 192
FLOPS 384 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s 29.8 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 685 Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3360 x 1440 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 2x 192MP, 1x 32MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 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 Qualcomm Aqstic, aptX, aptX HD 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X15 LTE -
4G support LTE Cat. 15 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 800 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 May 2018 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SDM710 Hi3670
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 official site HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site

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