Snapdragon 730G vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (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 730G
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 7-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~15%)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Supports 113% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 14.91 GB/s)
  • Performs 64% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 44%) AnTuTu 9 score – 469K vs 327K
  • 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 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 980 +44%
469584
CPU 99567 142027
GPU 86669 144227
Memory 53042 77986
UX 90782 109693
Total score 327049 469584

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +28%
691
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +44%
2466
Image compression 106.9 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 15.5 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 27 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 25 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 15.4 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.03 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 547.4 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Kirin 980 +234%
2488
Stability 97% 48%
Graphics test 4 FPS 14 FPS
Score 746 2488

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 47 FPS
[High]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 38 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 27 FPS
[Medium]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 51 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 54 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
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 730G 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 ARMv8.2-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 825 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 128 160
FLOPS 422 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 14.91 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 688 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 3360 x 1440 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-AB -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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