Snapdragon 855 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with Adreno 640 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 855
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Performs 30% better in floating-point computations
  • 9% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 7%) AnTuTu 9 score – 518K vs 485K
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 855
  • Higher GPU frequency (~23%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
518235
485529
CPU 140558 140916
GPU 183147 143456
Memory 87772 83772
UX 105950 115457
Total score 518235 485529

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
2624
2481
Image compression 143.55 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 23.7 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 44.8 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 45.65 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 24.2 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.93 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 783.05 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
2749
2489
Stability 96% 48%
Graphics test 16 FPS 14 FPS
Score 2749 2489

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 56 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 28 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 51 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 57 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
1080 x 2340
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 855 and Kirin 980

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)
2x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 1.92 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 384 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 768 KB 512 KB
L3 cache 2 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 6.7 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 640 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 585 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 384 160
FLOPS 899 Gigaflops 691 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 690 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3120 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP 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, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X24 LTE, X50 5G -
4G support LTE Cat. 20 LTE Cat. 21
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2000 Mbps Up to 1400 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced December 2018 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8150 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 980 and Snapdragon 855, or ask any questions
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Golden 18 October 2021 13:35
Snapdragon 855 is way better!
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Platinum 04 December 2021 19:21
Better? Yes. Way better? Not really.
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LMAO 27 March 2022 10:36
Platinum, No, it's actually way better, moving from a flagship with sd855 to a flagship with kirin 980 was really disappointing. By the way, the snapdragon 845 has a better GPU than the kirin 980.
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Nope 06 May 2022 20:06
LMAO, If you didn't play games often, 980 is way better in term of power efficiency and temperature. 845 855 are battery sucker.
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Tech Guy 09 May 2022 11:33
Nope, Obviously, Kirin 980 is superb... but the stability of sd 855 in long-run use is awesome...
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