Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 985

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (with Adreno 630 graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 985 (Mali-G77 MP8). 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
  • 9% higher CPU clock speed (2800 vs 2580 MHz)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 985
  • Announced 2-years and 5-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • Supports 14% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 29.8 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 14%) AnTuTu 9 score – 463K vs 404K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 985 +14%
463013
CPU 102046 141978
GPU 154472 139038
Memory 63407 78161
UX 87601 107093
Total score 404712 463013

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 985 +35%
683
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 985 +17%
2557
Image compression 128.5 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 20.4 images/s -
Speech recognition 37.8 words/s -
Machine learning 35.8 images/s -
Camera shooting 19.4 images/s -
HTML 5 2.62 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 686.3 Krows/s -

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Kirin 985 +49%
2133
Stability 80% 97%
Graphics test 8 FPS 12 FPS
Score 1436 2133

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 53 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 55 FPS
[High]
-
Fortnite 28 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Shadowgun Legends 48 FPS
[High]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 56 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Device Xiaomi Pocophone F1
1080 x 2246
-
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 985

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.8 GHz – Kryo 385 Gold (Cortex-A75)
4x 1.5 GHz – Kryo 385 Silver (Cortex-A55)
1x 2.58 GHz – Cortex-A76
3x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2800 MHz 2580 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 256 KB -
L2 cache 1.5 MB -
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 10 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion -
TDP 9 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 630 Mali-G77 MP8
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall
GPU frequency 710 MHz 700 MHz
Execution units 2 8
Shading units 256 128
FLOPS 727 Gigaflops 652 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
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 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 685 Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 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 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X20 LTE Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 22
5G support No Yes
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 1277 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 177 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2017 April 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SDM845 Hi6290
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official site -

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