Snapdragon 888 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (with Adreno 660 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 888
  • Performs 2.5x better in floating-point computations
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Shows significantly better (up to 67%) AnTuTu 9 score – 800K vs 479K
  • Supports 61% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Announced 2-years and 3-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~17%)
  • 9% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
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Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
800743
479422
CPU 211249 142989
GPU 304417 148351
Memory 139986 83790
UX 152836 108898
Total score 800743 479422

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
1118
691
Multi-Core Score
3662
2455
Image compression 177.1 Mpixels/s 124.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 26.5 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 67.7 words/s 47.9 words/s
Machine learning 59.9 images/s 49.9 images/s
Camera shooting 37.5 images/s 23.3 images/s
HTML 5 3.96 Mnodes/s 2.4 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1060 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
5119
2489
Stability 91% 48%
Graphics test 30 FPS 14 FPS
Score 5119 2489

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 26 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 58 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Asus Zenfone 8
1080 x 2400
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 888 and Kirin 980

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)
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 ARMv8.4-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 512 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 512 KB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 660 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 840 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 2 10
Shading units 512 160
FLOPS 1720 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 3200 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 780 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 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 X60 -
4G support LTE Cat. 22 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 5.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced December 2020 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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