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Snapdragon 712 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 (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 712
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 1-year and 5-months later
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Supports 108% higher memory bandwidth (29 against 13.91 GB/s)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~36%)
  • Shows better (up to 4%) AnTuTu 8 score – 239K vs 229K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +4%
239432
CPU 73254 66289
GPU 61429 73245
Memory 48586 50039
UX 44344 41387
Total score 229355 239432

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
1509
1386
Image compression 92.2 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 14.4 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 26.1 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 22.2 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 13.1 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.76 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 478.3 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 52 FPS
[Medium]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 38 FPS
[Medium]
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Fortnite 29 FPS
[Medium]
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Shadowgun Legends 47 FPS
[Low]
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World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 30 FPS
[Ultra]
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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 712 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.3 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 2300 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 2 MB
L3 cache 1 MB -
Process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 5 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 616 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 550 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 2 12
Shading units 128 192
FLOPS 310 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 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 13.91 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3360 x 1440 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 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 AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X15 -
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 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced February 2019 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SDM712 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 official site -

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