Home > Smartphone processors comparison > Snapdragon 820 vs Kirin 970 – what's better?

Snapdragon 820 vs Kirin 970

We compared the 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Adreno 530) with the newer 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 (Mali G72 MP12) SoC. 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 820
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Performs 44% better in floating-point computations
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Has 4 more cores
  • Announced 1-year and 10-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 14 nm)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 42%) AnTuTu 8 score – 238K vs 168K
  • Higher GPU frequency (~20%)
  • 10% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2150 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +42%
238892
CPU 63233 66289
GPU 56800 73245
Memory 26215 50039
UX 23240 41387
Total score 168536 238892

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +19%
388
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +73%
1386
Image compression 48 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 8.36 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 19.45 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 17 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 10.75 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 0.68 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 231.4 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 820 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.15 GHz – Kryo
2x 1.593 GHz – Kryo
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 4 8
Frequency 2150 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 2 MB
Process 14 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 11 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 530 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 500 Bifrost
GPU frequency 624 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 2 12
Shading units 256 192
FLOPS 498 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 680 Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 28MP 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 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X12 -
4G support LTE Cat. 12 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 600 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.1 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced November 2015 September 2017
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number MSM8996 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
8 (50%)
8 (50%)
Total votes: 16

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 970 and Snapdragon 820, or ask any questions