Snapdragon 860 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (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 860
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Performs 50% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 17%) AnTuTu 9 score – 569K vs 488K
  • Announced 7-months later
  • 14% higher CPU clock speed (2960 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (34.13 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 860
  • Higher GPU frequency (~7%)
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Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
569104
488011
CPU 147657 142989
GPU 207179 148351
Memory 100644 83790
UX 111058 108898
Total score 569104 488011

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
2579
2491
Image compression 142.1 Mpixels/s 124.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 19.9 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 45.1 words/s 47.9 words/s
Machine learning 44.8 images/s 49.9 images/s
Camera shooting 22.6 images/s 23.3 images/s
HTML 5 1.67 Mnodes/s 2.4 Mnodes/s
SQLite 774 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
3456
2489
Stability 97% 48%
Graphics test 20 FPS 14 FPS
Score 3456 2489

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 54 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 26 FPS
[Low]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 56 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 98 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 56 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro
1080 x 2400
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 860 and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.96 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Prime)
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 2960 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 512 KB
L3 cache 2 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 640 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 675 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 384 160
FLOPS 1037 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 34.13 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 3.1 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 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced April 2019 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8150-AC -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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