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Flagship series competition: Comparison between Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980

Flagship series competition: Comparison between Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980

By  Bing Hastings 2020-01-07 842 599

As the two flagship mobile phone processors, the gap between Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 is the concern of many mobile phone users. At present, an Rabbit has announced the comparison of running points between Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980. Let's take a look at the details.

Comparison between Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 (running points) 

According to the running data published by an Rabbit, the scores of Snapdragon 855 are as follows: MEM 9191, UX 72162, CPU 119650, GPU 142048, total 343051. The scores of Kirin 980 are as follows: MEM 14805, UX 68550, CPU 113819, GPU 112251, with a total score of 309425.


Shows that Snapdragon 855 has better performance than Kirin 980. it has a breakthrough compared with Kirin 980. especially in GPU, the difference between the two scores is nearly 2W. In other words, Snapdragon 855 is currently the strongest mobile processor king.

As the current test results are based on different models and may be affected by processor debugging and related hardware differences, there may be a certain gap between the user's actual running score and the actual running score. Therefore, this result does not represent the measured data of the user.

Comparison between Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 (parameters)

Next, let's take a look at the parameter comparison between Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980.

Snapdragon 855 adopts 7nm process technology, 8-core three-cluster architecture design, large core main frequency 2.84GHz, medium core main frequency 2.42GHz, small core main frequency 1.78GHz; integrated independent NPU unit, it is the first SOC under Qualcomm to provide special NPU unit. The GPU model Adreno 640 integrates the world's first computer vision (CV) ISP, to support cutting-edge computational photography and video capture.


At the same time, Snapdragon 855 also supports Qualcomm's own 3D sensor to support ultrasonic under-screen fingerprint scheme, which is currently the only mobile solution that can accurately identify fingerprints through different types of stains. In terms of network, Snapdragon 855 processor does not integrate 5G baseband, but it can support 5G network by matching Qualcomm X50 baseband.

Kirin 980 adopts 7nm process technology, with 2 super large core (Cortex-A76) + 2 large core (Cortex-A76) + 4 small core (Cortex-A55) architecture. Built-in double NPU, can achieve face recognition, object recognition, object detection, image segmentation, intelligent translation and other AI scenes. 4500 images can be recognized per minute, which is 120% faster than that of the previous generation. 


GPU model Mali-G76, has a 46% increase in performance and 178% improvement in energy efficiency. In terms of photo taking ability, Kirin 980 uses the fourth-generation self-developed ISP, to increase pixel throughput by 46% compared with the previous generation, can adjust image color and gray scale by region, support more cameras, new HDR color restoration, can adjust image color by region, and achieve the balance of photo color and detail.


On the network side, Kirin 980s support LTE Cat.21, and support the highest downlink 1.4Gbps rate in the industry. Like the Snapdragon 855, the Kirin 980 processor does not integrate 5G baseband. 


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