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HiSilicon Kirin 970 vs Samsung Exynos 8895

Huawei’s Kirin 970 SoC is now out along with the release of the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The HiSilicon Kirin 970 is the most powerful chip to date from Huawei and it also comes with an i7 co-processor and AI.

After running some benchmarks, we thought of comparing it with Samsung most powerful Exynos 8895 Octa that’s being used by the Note8. Here are the results of the benchmark comparison.


 HiSilicon Kirin 970Samsung Exynos 9 8895
High-Power Processor4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz4 x Exynos M1 2.31GHz
Low-power Processor4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.69GHz4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz
GPUMali G72 MP12Mali G71 MP20
Antutu Benchmark174,579174,452
GeekBench 4 Single-Core1,8992,008
GeekBench 4 Multi-Core6,7346,093
PCMark Work 1.08,2976,897
PCMark Work 2.06,9875,898

In the test, we set the screen resolution of the Note8 at FHD+ to match the FHD+ resolution of the Mate 10 Pro.

The top performance of each SoC relies on the high-powered cluster which is the Cortex A73 for the Kirin 970 and the Exynos M1. The A73 gets a top clock speed of 2.36GHz while the M1 has 2.31GHz.

Another huge component of the scores above is contributed by the GPU. The Kirin 970 comes with a Mali-G72MP12 while the Exynos 8895 comes with an older generation Mali-G71MP20.

On almost all of the benchmarks we ran with both devices, the Kirin 970 edged out the Exynos 8895 by a significant margin. It’s only in GeekBench single-core score where the Exynos 8895 won over the Kirin 970. In all the rest, the Kirin 970 won.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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2 Responses

  1. Jude says:

    It’s really difficult to compare the SoC specially if they were installed on board. Real tests of CPU’s must be done in a lab wherein they are connected on a similar test instruments. but we can’t do that. instead, we can only test them on the devices where they were installed.

    • anjdroid says:

      jude, its already a good reality comparison of how much they can get from each of their chips in terms of performance with the specific phone they are in as that is what people would use and not just chips alone.

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