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Snapdragon 720G vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (with Adreno 618 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 720G
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 1-year and 5-months later
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Has 3 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 720G
  • Supports 128% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 13.91 GB/s)
  • Performs 59% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 45%) AnTuTu 8 score – 397K vs 273K
  • 13% higher CPU clock speed (2600 vs 2300 MHz)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 8 nm)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 980 +45%
397368
CPU 99886 134572
GPU 71529 135339
Memory 50549 65549
UX 52632 67634
Total score 273887 397368

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +22%
683
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +46%
2458
Image compression 108.75 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 15.55 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 27.15 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 25.5 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 16.15 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.18 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 561.5 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 43 FPS
[High]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 40 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 28 FPS
[Low]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 51 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 34 FPS
[Medium]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 30 FPS
[High]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Realme 7 Pro
1080 x 2400
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 720G and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.3 GHz – Kryo 465 Gold (Cortex-A76)
6x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 465 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 2300 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 512 KB
L3 cache 1 MB 4 MB
Process 8 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion
TDP 5 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 618 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 750 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 128 160
FLOPS 435 Gigaflops 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 1866 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.91 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Qualcomm Hexagon 692 DSP Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 3120 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP 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 384 kHz/32 bit AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X15 -
4G support LTE Cat. 15 LTE Cat. 21
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 800 Mbps Up to 1400 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 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 January 2020 August 2018
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM7125 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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