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Snapdragon 865 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with Adreno 650 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 865
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Performs 74% better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 38% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 36%) AnTuTu 8 score – 551K vs 404K
  • Announced 1 year and 3 months later
  • 9% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Higher GPU frequency (~23%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
949
696
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
3500
2483
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
551755
404858

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 865 and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
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 ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 512 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 512 KB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 587 MHz 720 MHz
Cores - 10
Number of ALUs 384 -
FLOPS 1202 Gigaflops 691 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3120 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 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 X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 21
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2500 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 December 2019 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
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5 (27.8%)
Total votes: 18

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