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Snapdragon 730 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 (with Adreno 618 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 730
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 1-year and 8-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (8 versus 10 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 8%) AnTuTu 8 score – 253K vs 235K
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Supports 108% higher memory bandwidth (29 against 13.91 GB/s)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~49%)
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
253480
235128
CPU 94487 66289
GPU 64985 73245
Memory 49437 50039
UX 40297 41387
Total score 253480 235128

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
547
392
Multi-Core Score
1776
1379
Image compression 93.9 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.7 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 27 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 24.7 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 14 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.17 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 478.1 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 59 FPS
[Medium]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 36 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 27 FPS
[Medium]
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Shadowgun Legends 35 FPS
[Medium]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 59 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 30 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Mi9T
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 730 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 470 Gold (Cortex-A76)
6x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 470 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-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 2 MB
Process 8 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count - 5.5 billion
TDP 5 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 618 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 500 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 2 12
Shading units 128 192
FLOPS 386 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 13.91 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Qualcomm Hexagon 688 DSP Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP 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 AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 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 April 2019 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM7150-AA -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 official site -

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So, which SoC would you choose?
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Total votes: 170

Comments

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Sm review 07 November 2020 14:45
kirin, mediatek, exynos these are all JUNK. the only processors that matter in mobiles are Qualcomm's Snapdragon and for IOS their bionic series (A10 and later) been using all mix of processors and the A chip and SD never disappointed me, and those other junks failed me from time to time like motherboard problems, overheating, fked up battery life etc.
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