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Snapdragon 720G vs Kirin 990 (5G)

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (with Adreno 618 graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) (Mali G76 MP16). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs and comprehensive tests in benchmarks like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


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
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G)
  • Performs 2.3x better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 128% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 13.91 GB/s)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 82%) AnTuTu 8 score – 492K vs 270K
  • Higher GPU frequency (~40%)
  • 24% higher CPU clock speed (2860 vs 2300 MHz)
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (7 versus 8 nm)


Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 8


Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 720G and Kirin 990 (5G)


Architecture 2x 2.3 GHz – Kryo 465 Gold (Cortex-A76)
6x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 465 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.86 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.95 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2300 MHz 2860 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache - 512 KB
L3 cache 1 MB -
Process 8 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 8 billion


GPU name Adreno 618 Mali G76 MP16
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 500 MHz 700 MHz
Cores - 16
Number of ALUs 128 -
FLOPS 386 Gigaflops 896 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12


Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.91 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Qualcomm Hexagon 692 DSP Da Vinci
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP -
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VC-1
Audio codecs 384 kHz/32 bit AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV


Modem X15 Balong 5G
4G support LTE Cat. 15 LTE Cat. 21
5G support No Yes
Download speed Up to 800 Mbps Up to 2300 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 1250 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou


Announced January 2020 October 2019
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM7125 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G official site HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) official site

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Total votes: 3


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