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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 – 717K vs 688K
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
717837
688080
CPU 193435 189738
GPU 295493 291337
Memory 111279 115924
UX 97756 89892
Total score 717837 688080

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
1129
1051
Multi-Core Score
3765
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 -

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?
1477 (45.6%)
1765 (54.4%)
Total votes: 3242

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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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.
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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.
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joseph 23 July 2021 08:11
Kirin is better considering they are used in huawei phones only
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Amirreza 05 July 2021 12:45
The kirin chipset have a better performance in real life and in a long time
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Okaman 21 June 2021 11:20
Guys, with the optimization of Harmony os, kirin 9000 is even stronger. Eventually, kirin 9000 is better.
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Ruwen Zhang 06 May 2021 15:54
Snapdragon 888 10W hot Kirin 9000 win
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Mastermind 20 April 2021 16:51
Snapdragon 888 is king
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Another 20 April 2021 05:17
Snapdragon wins because everything is designed specifically for him
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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.
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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
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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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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
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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).
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kevin 19 December 2020 16:11
snapdragon 888 get 735k antutu
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