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Snapdragon 835 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (with Adreno 540 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 835
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Announced 1-year and 10-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 43%) AnTuTu 8 score – 391K vs 274K
  • Performs 24% better in floating-point computations
  • 6% higher CPU clock speed (2600 vs 2450 MHz)
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 29.8 GB/s)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 980 +43%
391258
CPU 81260 134572
GPU 109179 135339
Memory 49789 65549
UX 38165 67634
Total score 274327 391258

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +78%
689
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +43%
2452
Image compression 95.3 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 13.3 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 31.5 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 24.1 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 14.5 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.99 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 534.8 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - 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 835 and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.45 GHz – Kryo 280 (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.9 GHz – Kryo 280 (Cortex-A53)
2x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 1.92 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2450 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 128 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 512 KB
L3 cache - 4 MB
Process 10 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 9 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 540 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 500 Bifrost
GPU frequency 710 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 256 160
FLOPS 558 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 32 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 682 Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3120 x 1440
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, VP9
Audio codecs Qualcomm aptX, Qualcomm Aqstic AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X16 LTE -
4G support LTE Cat. 16 LTE Cat. 21
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1000 Mbps Up to 1400 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced November 2016 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number MSM8998 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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