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Snapdragon 730 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 (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 730
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 7-months later
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Supports 128% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 13.91 GB/s)
  • Performs 79% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 58%) AnTuTu 8 score – 391K vs 247K
  • Higher GPU frequency (~44%)
  • 18% higher CPU clock speed (2600 vs 2200 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 +58%
391726
CPU 94487 134572
GPU 64985 135339
Memory 49437 65549
UX 40297 67634
Total score 247329 391726

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +30%
694
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +39%
2434
Image compression 93.9 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.7 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 27 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 24.7 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 14 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.17 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 478.1 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 59 FPS
[Medium]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 36 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 27 FPS
[Medium]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 35 FPS
[Medium]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 30 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Mi9T
1080 x 2340
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 730 and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 470 Gold (Cortex-A76)
6x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 470 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 2200 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 512 KB
L3 cache - 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 500 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 128 160
FLOPS 386 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 688 DSP Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 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 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 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 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced April 2019 August 2018
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM7150-AA -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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