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 78% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 38%) AnTuTu 9 score – 656K vs 474K
  • Announced 1-year and 3-months later
  • 9% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • 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
656094
474880
CPU 185574 142027
GPU 217010 144227
Memory 112445 77986
UX 137783 109693
Total score 656094 474880

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
935
699
Multi-Core Score
3479
2499
Image compression 164.1 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 26.1 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 49.6 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 50 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 3.25 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 880 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 61 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 30 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Mi 10 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 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 128 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 512 KB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 587 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 512 160
FLOPS 1228 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 34.1 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 3.1 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 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 X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 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, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced December 2019 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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