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Snapdragon 835 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (with Adreno 540 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 835
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Performs 61% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 19%) AnTuTu 8 score – 281K vs 237K
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Announced 10-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~5%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
281756
237185
CPU 81260 66289
GPU 109179 73245
Memory 49789 50039
UX 38165 41387
Total score 281756 237185

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
1733
1388
Image compression 95.3 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 13.3 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 31.5 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 24.1 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 14.5 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.99 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 534.8 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 835 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.45 GHz – Kryo 280 (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.9 GHz – Kryo 280 (Cortex-A53)
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2450 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 128 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
Process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 9 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 540 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 500 Bifrost
GPU frequency 710 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 2 12
Shading units 256 192
FLOPS 558 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 32 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 682 Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 32MP, 2x 16MP 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, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs Qualcomm aptX, Qualcomm Aqstic 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X16 LTE -
4G support LTE Cat. 16 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1000 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced November 2016 September 2017
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number MSM8998 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
122 (54.2%)
103 (45.8%)
Total votes: 225

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 970 and Snapdragon 835, or ask any questions
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Dylan 06 August 2020 08:52
Sd 835 is the best
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@ryzenxgaming 18 October 2020 22:54
Yes Snapdragon 835 it's better cause Kirin 970 more overheat
+10 Reply