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Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (with Adreno 630 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 845
  • Performs 2.1x better in floating-point computations
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Shows significantly better (up to 53%) AnTuTu 8 score – 359K vs 235K
  • 19% higher CPU clock speed (2800 vs 2360 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Higher GPU frequency (~5%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
438
392
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
1750
1375
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
359611
235192

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 845 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.8 GHz – Kryo 385 Gold (Cortex-A75)
4x 1.5 GHz – Kryo 385 Silver (Cortex-A55)
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2800 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 256 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 5.5 billion

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 630 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 710 MHz 746 MHz
Cores - 12
Number of ALUs 256 -
FLOPS 727 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1833 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 685 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 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs DSD 32-бит/384 кГц 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X20 LTE -
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 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 GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced December 2017 September 2017
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SDM845 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official site HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
36 (70.6%)
15 (29.4%)
Total votes: 51

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