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Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (with Adreno 630 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 845
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (2800 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 845
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • Announced 9-months later
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 29.8 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 11%) AnTuTu 8 score – 391K vs 354K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 980 +11%
391726
CPU 101932 134572
GPU 144105 135339
Memory 56515 65549
UX 57020 67634
Total score 354012 391726

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +38%
694
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +13%
2434
Image compression 128.5 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 20.4 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 37.8 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 35.8 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 19.4 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.62 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 686.3 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 53 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 55 FPS
[High]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 28 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 48 FPS
[High]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 56 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Pocophone F1
1080 x 2246
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 845 and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.8 GHz – Kryo 385 Gold (Cortex-A75)
4x 1.5 GHz – Kryo 385 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 2800 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 256 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 512 KB
L3 cache 2 MB 4 MB
Process 10 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 9 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 630 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 710 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 256 160
FLOPS 727 Gigaflops 691 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 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 685 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 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs DSD 32-бит/384 кГц AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X20 LTE -
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 21
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 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 GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced December 2017 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SDM845 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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