HiSilicon Kirin 659 vs HiSilicon Kirin 710 vs HiSilicon Kirin 970

HiSilicon Kirin 659

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The HiSilicon Kirin 659 is an ARM-based octa-core SoC for mid-range smartphones and tablets. It was announced mid 2017 and features eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Four cores can be clocked with up to 1.7 GHz (power saving cores) and four with up to 2.36 GHz (performance cores). The difference to the older Kirin 650 and Kirin 655 SoCs is the higher clock speed of the performance cores (2.35 versus 2.1 and 2.0 GHz). The slightly older Kirin 658 is very similar. The 659 is in our benchmarks around 4% faster than the 658 and offers a better LTE radio (Cat. 13).

Furthermore, a ARM Mali-T830 MP2 graphics card (at >=900 MHz), a 64-Bit LPDDR3 memory controller and a dual-sim capable LTE Cat. 6 (max. 300 MBit/s and GSM, WCDMA, UMTS, HSPA+) radio are integrated in the SoC. The processor performance can be compared with the older Kirin 930 and therefore sufficient for daily usage as browsing and non demanding apps. High-end SoCs with Cortex-A57 or A72 cores however should be noticeably faster. The SoC is produced in a modern 16nm FinFET process and is therefore very power efficient.

HiSilicon Kirin 710

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The HiSilicon Kirin 710 is a ARM-based mid-range Octa-Core-SoC for Android based smartphones and tablets. It was announced mid 2018 and contains 8 processor cores (4x Cortex-A73 at up to 2.2 GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 at up to 1.7 GHz, BigLITTLE), an ARM Mali G51 MP4, a dual-channel LPDDR4 memory controller and a LTE radio (600 Mbps down, 150 Mbps up). Therefore, the CPU part is similar to the Kirin 960 and 970 (both higher clocked), but the graphics card is a lot slower. 

The Kirin 710 is manufactured at TSMC in 12 nm (compared to the 16nm Kirin 960 and 10nm Kirin 970).

The HiSilicon Kirin 710F is the same chip with a different package (FCCSP - Flip Chip Chip Scale Package) and offers the same specifications (see e.g. our review of the Huawei P Smart Z).

HiSilicon Kirin 970

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The HiSilicon Kirin 970 is an ARM based high-end octa-core SoC for smartphones and tablet, which was introduced with the Huawei Mate 10 in late 2017. Besides 8 CPU cores (4x Cortex-A73, 4x Cortex-A53), the SoC is also equipped with a modern Mali-G72 MP12 graphics adapter, a dual-channel LPDDR4 memory controller as well as an LTE (4x4 MIMO, 5-band-carrier-aggregation, QAM-256, up to 1.2 Gbit/s) modem.

The performance cluster is clocked at up to 2.4 GHz and the four A53 power saving cores with up to 1.8 GHz. The performance should improve by about 20 percent according to Huawei and the power consumption reduced by 20 percent.

On the chip HiSilicon also included a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for running machine learning tasks very efficiently compared to the CPU cores.

HiSilicon Kirin 659HiSilicon Kirin 710HiSilicon Kirin 970
HiSilicon
Cortex-A53Cortex-A73/-A53Cortex-A73/-A53
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HiSilicon Kirin 9352200 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 6592360 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 6582350 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 6552100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 6502000 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 9302000 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 6201200 MHz8 / 8
MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz1500 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz1300 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT81611300 MHz4 / 4
Marvell Armada PXA19081200 MHz4 / 4
HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 9602400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960s2100 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 7102200 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 9602400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960s2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 7102200 MHz8 / 8
2360 MHz2200 MHz2400 MHz
8 / 88 / 88 / 8
16 12 10
ARMv8-ISA, Mali-T830 MP2, Dual SIM LTE (Cat. 6), LPDDR3 Memory ControllerARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU, 4x Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz, big.LITTLE), LTE Cat-12 600 Mbps Downlink, Cat-13 150 Mbps Uplink, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz, AGPS, Glonass, BaidouARM Mali-G71 MP12 GPU, 4x Cortex-A73 (2.4 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz, big.LITTLE), 2x LTE Dual-SIM (4x4-MIMO, QAM-256, up to 1,2 Gbit/s)
iGPUARM Mali-T830 MP2ARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-G72 MP12
5500 5500

3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
12599 Points (15%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 11780     avg: 13618     median: 13379.5 (15%)     max: 14930 Points
min: 11158     avg: 16523     median: 17232.5 (20%)     max: 22668 Points
min: 14556     avg: 21027     median: 22026 (25%)     max: 23046 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1632     avg: 1675     median: 1685 (21%)     max: 1717 Points
min: 1851     avg: 2348     median: 2478 (31%)     max: 2789 Points
min: 1897     avg: 2707     median: 2819 (35%)     max: 3002 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1354     avg: 1625     median: 1685 (29%)     max: 1741 Points
min: 1656     avg: 2361     median: 2496 (44%)     max: 2723 Points
min: 1891     avg: 2732     median: 2836 (50%)     max: 2983 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
968 Points (8%)
min: 1356     avg: 1702     median: 1701.5 (14%)     max: 2047 Points
min: 1993     avg: 2317     median: 2316.5 (19%)     max: 2640 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
2829 Points (26%)
min: 2488     avg: 3017     median: 3017 (27%)     max: 3546 Points
min: 3758     avg: 3857     median: 3857 (35%)     max: 3956 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
5944 Points (12%)
min: 9096     avg: 9764     median: 9763.5 (19%)     max: 10431 Points
min: 11044     avg: 11246     median: 11245.5 (22%)     max: 11447 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
3298 Points (7%)
min: 4429     avg: 4767     median: 4766.5 (10%)     max: 5104 Points
min: 5485     avg: 5541     median: 5540.5 (11%)     max: 5596 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
3897 Points (10%)
min: 5366     avg: 5857     median: 5856.5 (15%)     max: 6347 Points
min: 6800     avg: 6878     median: 6877.5 (18%)     max: 6955 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3508 Points (5%)
5456 Points (9%)
min: 6160     avg: 6205     median: 6204.5 (10%)     max: 6249 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
876 Points (18%)
1517 Points (31%)
min: 1926     avg: 1933     median: 1933 (39%)     max: 1940 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0 Points (0%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 887     avg: 888     median: 888 (14%)     max: 889 Points
min: 1612     avg: 1623     median: 1623 (26%)     max: 1634 Points
min: 2009     avg: 2010     median: 2010 (32%)     max: 2011 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3438     avg: 3473     median: 3473 (8%)     max: 3508 Points
min: 5377     avg: 5447     median: 5447 (13%)     max: 5517 Points
min: 6512     avg: 6519     median: 6519 (16%)     max: 6526 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 869     avg: 919     median: 926.5 (15%)     max: 946 Points
min: 1523     avg: 1561     median: 1549 (24%)     max: 1614 Points
min: 1883     avg: 1901     median: 1901 (30%)     max: 1922 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3316     avg: 3608     median: 3680.5 (6%)     max: 3805 Points
min: 5266     avg: 5456     median: 5436 (9%)     max: 5615 Points
min: 6557     avg: 6697     median: 6714.5 (12%)     max: 6792 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 319     avg: 327     median: 327 (23%)     max: 335 Points
386 Points (27%)
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1266     avg: 1339     median: 1339 (8%)     max: 1412 Points
min: 1655     avg: 1712     median: 1711.5 (10%)     max: 1768 Points
Geekbench 5.1 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
330 Points (23%)
Geekbench 5.1 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
1356 Points (11%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 8684.3     avg: 9440     median: 9271 (16%)     max: 10788.1 ms
min: 3998.8     avg: 4242     median: 4219.2 (7%)     max: 4852.6 ms
min: 3590.6     avg: 4378     median: 3875.6 (7%)     max: 6220.7 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1173 ms (13%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 4191     avg: 4947     median: 4980 (10%)     max: 5471 Points
min: 9041     avg: 9656     median: 9643 (18%)     max: 10544 Points
min: 6692     avg: 10111     median: 11085 (21%)     max: 11838 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 62810     avg: 65730     median: 66608 (23%)     max: 68232 Points
min: 104012     avg: 108955     median: 110126 (38%)     max: 112870 Points
min: 173653     avg: 177915     median: 178490 (61%)     max: 181973 Points
AnTuTu v7 - MEM
min: 7947     avg: 8633     median: 8430.5 (26%)     max: 9656 Points
min: 9898     avg: 13356     median: 11364.5 (35%)     max: 32585 Points
min: 9493     avg: 13104     median: 13673 (42%)     max: 14768 Points
AnTuTu v7 - UX
min: 21484     avg: 23751     median: 24193.5 (30%)     max: 24268 Points
min: 34146     avg: 38196     median: 36606 (45%)     max: 54562 Points
min: 28440     avg: 42105     median: 44676.5 (55%)     max: 45397 Points
AnTuTu v7 - GPU
min: 12982     avg: 13331     median: 13167.5 (4%)     max: 14340 Points
min: 22245     avg: 25701     median: 27005.5 (8%)     max: 28462 Points
min: 68813     avg: 75722     median: 76492.5 (24%)     max: 81761 Points
AnTuTu v7 - CPU
min: 39451     avg: 41305     median: 41643.5 (25%)     max: 41874 Points
min: 54673     avg: 61958     median: 60404 (37%)     max: 73966 Points
min: 46027     avg: 66879     median: 70808.5 (43%)     max: 72307 Points
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
min: 81992     avg: 87019     median: 87511.5 (15%)     max: 89639 Points
min: 124870     avg: 139210     median: 135942 (24%)     max: 183420 Points
min: 152773     avg: 197811     median: 206548 (36%)     max: 212278 Points
AnTuTu v8 - UX
min: 55985     avg: 58317     median: 58317 (53%)     max: 60649 Points
AnTuTu v8 - MEM
min: 35479     avg: 36250     median: 36250 (33%)     max: 37021 Points
AnTuTu v8 - GPU
min: 28697     avg: 28859     median: 28858.5 (8%)     max: 29020 Points
AnTuTu v8 - CPU
min: 60900     avg: 66675     median: 66674.5 (36%)     max: 72449 Points
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
min: 185725     avg: 190100     median: 190100 (25%)     max: 194475 Points
AndEBench - Java
1694 Iter./s (52%)
AndEBench - Native
20418 Iter./s (67%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 122441     avg: 127602     median: 127602 (17%)     max: 132762 Points
min: 181152     avg: 184162     median: 184162 (24%)     max: 187172 Points
202050 Points (27%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 2413     avg: 2626     median: 2635 (16%)     max: 2819 Points
min: 3783     avg: 4945     median: 5171.5 (31%)     max: 5286 Points
min: 4617     avg: 4787     median: 4730 (28%)     max: 5015 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
min: 5970     avg: 7032     median: 6957 (24%)     max: 8244 Points
min: 10592     avg: 11047     median: 11046.5 (38%)     max: 11501 Points
min: 14120     avg: 14492     median: 14670 (50%)     max: 14687 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 4615     avg: 4805     median: 4834.5 (39%)     max: 4911 Points
min: 5803     avg: 6461     median: 6483 (53%)     max: 7141 Points
min: 6293     avg: 6860     median: 6957 (56%)     max: 7046 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 5704     avg: 5956     median: 5887 (30%)     max: 6252 Points
min: 7004     avg: 8301     median: 8325 (42%)     max: 9854 Points
min: 8115     avg: 8537     median: 8484.5 (43%)     max: 9326 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
596 Points (11%)

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 659 → 100%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 710 → 141%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 970 → 191%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)