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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 8 score – 422K vs 394K
  • 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
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2612
2428
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
422467
394430

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

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 640 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 585 MHz 720 MHz
Cores - 10
Number of ALUs 384 -
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 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, 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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