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HiSilicon Kirin 970 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

The Kirin 970 was flexing its muscle against the Exynos 8895 so we also tested how it fares against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.

For this test, we used the Huawei Mate 10 Pro running on Kirin 970 and the Xiaomi Mi 6 running on the Snapdragon 835. The Mate 10 Pro has a full HD+ resolution while the Mi 6 also has an almost similar full HD resolution. Both devices come with 6GB of RAM.

Here are the results of the test.

HiSilicon Kirin 970Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
High-Power Processor4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz4 x Kryo 280 2.45GHz
Low-power Processor4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.69GHz4 x Kryo 280 1.9GHz
GPUMali G72 MP12Adreno 540
Antutu Benchmark174,579171,789
GeekBench 4 Single-Core1,8991,938
GeekBench 4 Multi-Core6,7346,720
PCMark Work 2.06,9876,901
3DMark2,9293,195

Surprisingly, the Kirin 970 and Snapdragon 835 are statistically tied in a lot of the CPU-crunching tests — from Antutu, GeekBench and PCMark Work 2.0.

The only time where the Snapdragon 835 had a significant lead over the Kirin 970 is in the graphics department as shown by the 3DMark scores. The Adreno 540 bested the Mali G72 MP12 by 10% in this test.

Over-all though, we can say that the Kirin 970 has very similar performance as the Snapdragon 835. This is a huge improvement from the Kirin 960 where it trailed behind all other mobile chips.

Related: Kirin 970 vs. Exynos 8895

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

3 Responses

  1. Avatar for el gato el gato says:

    i cannot afford any device powered by either high-end SOCs so my only priority is long battery life in actual real-life usage… budget smartphone lang po…
    ano kaya budget SOCs ng huawei, samsung, at qualcomm?

  2. Avatar for tae tae says:

    Snapdragon all the way

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