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Snapdragon 888 vs Kirin 9000

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (with Adreno 660 graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 9000 (Mali-G78 MP24). 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 888
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Supports 16% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 44 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture
  • Shows better (up to 4%) AnTuTu 8 score – 709K vs 679K
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 9000
  • 10% higher CPU clock speed (3130 vs 2840 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
709656
679941
CPU 193435 189738
GPU 295493 291337
Memory 111279 115924
UX 97756 89892
Total score 709656 679941

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
1127
1030
Multi-Core Score
3676

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 81 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 44 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 29 FPS
[Low]
World of Tanks Blitz - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 58 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - Huawei Mate 40 Pro
1344 x 3140
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 888 and Kirin 9000

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 680 Prime (Cortex-X1)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-A78)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 680 Silver (Cortex-A55)
1x 3.13 GHz – Cortex-A77
3x 2.54 GHz – Cortex-A77
4x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 3130 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB -
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 5 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15.3 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 660 Mali-G78 MP24
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall 2
GPU frequency 840 MHz -
Execution units 2 24
Shading units 512 384
FLOPS 1720 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 2750 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 44 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 780 AI accelerator
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP -
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
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 AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X60 Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NAVIC

Info

Announced December 2020 October 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 official site HiSilicon Kirin 9000 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
1001 (45.1%)
1219 (54.9%)
Total votes: 2220

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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kevin yu 30 March 2021 02:02
9000 power consumption is better
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Saif Ibn Zaman 11 March 2021 14:01
How come Kirin 9000 winning the poll? SD 888 won if fair and square. Don't be a fanboy.
+17 Reply
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DragonSkinner 15 March 2021 00:17
Kirin chips are only available in Huawei phones and people who like Huawei phones probably wouldn't like to trade the huawei OS for other OS's
+11 Reply
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yuvi 02 March 2021 06:34
snapdragon is many time faster in gaming , multitasking and rendering graphics and kirin is faster in compiling and multicore efficiency speed
+18 Reply
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mitul 13 March 2021 18:47
do you know kirin 9000 device has locked its full efficient feature for future software update.
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Nikhil Goyal 04 January 2021 07:04
I would like to go with Snapdragon 888 as Kirin 9000 is available only in huawei smartphones and they donot have GMS(Google Mobile Services).
+47 Reply
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kevin 19 December 2020 16:11
snapdragon 888 get 735k antutu
+17 Reply