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.


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)
  • Shows better (up to 6%) AnTuTu 9 score – 801K vs 759K
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 9000
  • 10% higher CPU clock speed (3130 vs 2840 MHz)


Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 212479 194527
GPU 304840 280796
Memory 137606 146761
UX 147850 140303
Total score 801182 759145

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 176.7 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 27.4 images/s -
Speech recognition 68.35 words/s -
Machine learning 66.45 images/s -
Camera shooting 36.4 images/s -
HTML 5 3.91 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 1060 Krows/s -


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Kirin 9000 +17%
Stability 91% 54%
Graphics test 30 FPS 36 FPS
Score 5167 6037


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
81 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
44 FPS
Fortnite 26 FPS
29 FPS
Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
51 FPS
Genshin Impact 58 FPS
58 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
60 FPS
Device Asus Zenfone 8
1080 x 2400
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
1344 x 3140
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 888 and Kirin 9000


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


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 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


Modem X60 Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 22 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


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?
2279 (43%)
3017 (57%)
Total votes: 5296


Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
Danijel 27 April 2022 02:30
The fact that kirin is 2 years older and still doing the same and sometimes even better than 888 is just mindblowing. Kirin is basically like Chinese apple XD I'm waiting for kirin 9000l/E but they are made by Samsung 😑 so can't expect much. TSMC is GOD ngl i wish Huawei could make their chips is TSMC but bcz of bann it's not possible. Again I hate those stereotypes... I'm just here to learn and nothing else, so guys see you soon again ;)
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Muna 11 April 2022 16:49
Kirin 9000 is the future, it is well optimized. This is the only phone that can rival Apple in terms of optimization, and overall the features present with this mate 40 pro is mind blowing..... To hell with sd 888 which is for gaming phones. I am a normal user and kirin 9000 is a beast in ram management...
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Cornholio 08 February 2022 08:19
Simple, muffdragon 888 is simply better, who wants a Huawei phone anyway when all manufacturer is doing is spying on everybody that owns one I'll pass... Plus in the "real world" it beats it look around just like Adreno 660 mops up the broken ARM flunkie G78
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Rui 12 February 2022 11:21
Huawei is spying and google don't 🤣
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Andrew 22 February 2022 12:45
Google spies too bruh And there are chances of the phone manufacturer to spy on you too (Xiaomi ,realme, etc)
+10 Reply
DZYT 18 April 2022 13:18
Stop being stereotypes. Huawei isn't spying. it's obvious that they were banned because they would heavily kill iPhone sales which in turn, brings down the US GDP. The US is worth around 17 trillion USD, apple's GDP makes up about 18% of that. They banned Huawei so they don't lose money. iPhones also don't impress when you look at benchmarks (820k in antutu on average for the a15), but with optimizations, even the a13 from 2019 destroys most snapdragon chips nowadays. Same thing with the kirin 9000. harmony has some insane optimization that makes the kirin 9000 way better than in benchmarks. Just look up any comparison on YT, the 9000 fits right in with 2022's flagships.
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Fokou 21 July 2022 14:20
They collect data to optimize their software but acting like meta, Google, and Apple are better is hypocritical
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AGi 13 August 2022 03:17
DZYT, Your point is totally valid but where did you get this statistic from that Apple makes up 18% of the US economy? I guess you are confusing a company’s total stock worth with GDP.
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Ajeet 18 December 2021 15:29
Kirin 9000 is better
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Danijel Prljic 25 October 2021 00:44
Kirin 9000 i win for me here is why. Snapdragon 888 is more powerful but kirin is almost same and with harmony even better. Snapdragon heat like hell while kirin is cooler and less power consumer. Im just in gaming so kirin is win for me. I don't say snp is bad or something. This is just my opinion bcz i need cool phone while gaming... 😂
+63 Reply
Svenne 10 September 2021 19:28
Snapdragon sure is great hardware. BUT, Kirin and Harmony is still early stage evolving. Snapdragon fanboys will all be needing anger management classes 2022.
+25 Reply
Poteto 05 September 2021 04:23
The chinese astroturfing in this versus is hilarious.
+10 Reply
Shame on US 21 October 2021 10:51
Shame on you too. Be happy with your fire dragon with short battery life. Lol
+23 Reply
Aziz 26 July 2021 19:43
I think both is better in different uses in some function is 888 and some function is Kirin good.
+30 Reply
Some guy in the internet 23 July 2021 13:54
I think Snapdragon is better Cuz when looking for a walkthrough for a game while playing that game gaming and multitasking come into use so I think Snapdragon is waaaaaayyyyyyyy better.
+27 Reply
Andrew 16 April 2022 15:24
Lmao even a low-end Snapdragon 635 or MediaTek G90T can do that So your point?
+2 Reply
joseph 23 July 2021 08:11
Kirin is better considering they are used in huawei phones only
+30 Reply
Amirreza 05 July 2021 12:45
The kirin chipset have a better performance in real life and in a long time
+43 Reply
Mft 31 July 2021 07:32
Yes hundred percent.
+19 Reply
Okaman 21 June 2021 11:20
Guys, with the optimization of Harmony os, kirin 9000 is even stronger. Eventually, kirin 9000 is better.
+48 Reply
Wews 14 September 2021 03:21
Kirin is better in efficiency and better performance bc of harmony os. While sd depends on software whether they lower it (scamsung) or use it on full potential (gaming phone like asus/nubia/lenovo/blackshark). But if software performance, then i will choose harmony os and besides i can download apks
+10 Reply
Ruwen Zhang 06 May 2021 15:54
Snapdragon 888 10W hot Kirin 9000 win
+71 Reply
Mastermind 20 April 2021 16:51
Snapdragon 888 is king
+35 Reply
Another 20 April 2021 05:17
Snapdragon wins because everything is designed specifically for him
+27 Reply
kevin yu 30 March 2021 02:02
9000 power consumption is better
+62 Reply
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.
+40 Reply
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
+37 Reply
ycc 26 July 2021 08:25
Won in what exactly? kirin 9000 manhattan 3.0 185 fps @ 8.3Watts snapdragon 888 manhattan 3.0 175 fps @ 8.35Watts kirin 9000 took the trophy of perf/watt of cpu in 10 tests among 12 in specint 06 while limited to a77 microarchitecture because Murica won't let kirin fight fair and square, even so sd 888 loses 10 tests out of 12. go check more benchmarks before making conclusion on few benchmarks only LOL.
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AAA 17 August 2021 09:10
I think most of the votes are from Chinese people
+12 Reply
Wews 19 August 2021 13:01
ycc, those were just benchmarks. But in real life gaming test sd 888 wins
+6 Reply
Wews 14 September 2021 03:23
AAA, Jokes aside, china has the most population so its likely chinese people😂🤣
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Guest 18 November 2021 09:16
tsmc 5nm is far better than samsung 5nm in efficiency, though lose in peak performance
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john 19 December 2021 04:15
easy, SD 888 and software is the past, while Kirin 9000 and software is the future.
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john 19 December 2021 04:17
AAA, it does not matter, but even if it does, it shows that the bigger market is Chinese. so who wins eventually?
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Misogi 05 March 2022 02:59
Wews, In real life gaming sd888 loses It consumes more power,produce less performance, and produce more heat If you are fine with 60°c with immense throttling after 10 minutes then I recommend sd888.
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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
+33 Reply
mitul 13 March 2021 18:47
do you know kirin 9000 device has locked its full efficient feature for future software update.
+41 Reply
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).
+74 Reply
kevin 19 December 2020 16:11
snapdragon 888 get 735k antutu
+31 Reply