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Snapdragon 855 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with Adreno 640 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 855
  • Performs 2.6x better in floating-point computations
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Shows significantly better (up to 82%) AnTuTu 8 score – 419K vs 230K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • Announced 1-year and 3-months later
  • 20% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2360 MHz)
  • Supports 18% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 29 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Higher GPU frequency (~28%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
419783
230228
CPU 142660 66289
GPU 172185 73245
Memory 56295 50039
UX 53180 41387
Total score 419783 230228

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
729
383
Multi-Core Score
2574
1342
Image compression 143.55 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 23.7 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 44.8 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 45.65 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 24.2 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.93 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 783.05 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 56 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 28 FPS
[Ultra]
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Shadowgun Legends 51 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 59 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 57 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
1080 x 2340
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We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold)
3x 2.42 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold)
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55 (Kryo 485 Silver)
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 384 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 768 KB 2 MB
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 6.7 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 10 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 640 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 585 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 2 12
Shading units 384 192
FLOPS 899 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 2133 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 690 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 24MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 120FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X24 LTE, X50 5G -
4G support LTE Cat. 20 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2000 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced December 2018 September 2017
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8150 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
36 (52.9%)
32 (47.1%)
Total votes: 68

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 970 and Snapdragon 855, or ask any questions
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Abdrhman 14 December 2020 14:47
Thanks for all your hard work
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