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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 85%) AnTuTu 8 score – 421K vs 228K
  • Has the smaller size of the 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
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
729
382
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2573
1344
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
421983
228288

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

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 640 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 585 MHz 746 MHz
Cores - 12
Number of ALUs 384 -
FLOPS 899 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 1833 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 HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
10 (66.7%)
5 (33.3%)
Total votes: 15

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