HiSilicon Kirin 710 vs HiSilicon Kirin 970 vs HiSilicon Kirin 960

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 960

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The HiSilicon Kirin 960 is an ARM based high-end octa-core SoC for smartphones and tablet, which was introduced with the Huawei Mate 9 in November 2016. Besides 8 CPU cores (4x Cortex-A73, 4x Cortex-A53), the SoC is also equipped with a modern Mali-G71 MP8 graphics adapter, a dual-channel LPDDR4 memory controller as well as an LTE Cat. 12/13 modem. It is one of the fastest ARM SoCs in the end of 2016. The Kirin 960 is manufactured in a modern 16-nm process at TSMC.

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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
HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
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HiSilicon Kirin 960s2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 7102200 MHz8 / 8
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ARM 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)ARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, 4x Cortex-A73 (2.4 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz, big.LITTLE), 2x 32 Bit LPDDR4 Memory Controller
iGPUARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-G72 MP12ARM Mali-G71 MP8 ( - 900 MHz)

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 11158     avg: 15870     median: 17015 (20%)     max: 22668 Points
min: 14556     avg: 21027     median: 22026 (25%)     max: 23046 Points
min: 14456     avg: 15019     median: 15116.5 (17%)     max: 15341 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1851     avg: 2337     median: 2309.5 (29%)     max: 2789 Points
min: 1897     avg: 2707     median: 2819 (35%)     max: 3002 Points
min: 1817     avg: 2147     median: 2018 (25%)     max: 2552 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1656     avg: 2350     median: 2518.5 (49%)     max: 2723 Points
min: 1891     avg: 2732     median: 2836 (55%)     max: 2983 Points
min: 1960     avg: 2151     median: 2110 (41%)     max: 2296 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
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
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
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
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
min: 5366     avg: 5857     median: 5856.5 (15%)     max: 6347 Points
min: 6800     avg: 6878     median: 6877.5 (18%)     max: 6955 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0 Points (0%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5456 Points (9%)
min: 6160     avg: 6205     median: 6204.5 (10%)     max: 6249 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1517 Points (31%)
min: 1926     avg: 1933     median: 1933 (39%)     max: 1940 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1612     avg: 1623     median: 1623 (26%)     max: 1634 Points
min: 2009     avg: 2010     median: 2010 (32%)     max: 2011 Points
min: 1935     avg: 1941     median: 1941 (31%)     max: 1947 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 5377     avg: 5447     median: 5447 (15%)     max: 5517 Points
min: 6512     avg: 6519     median: 6519 (18%)     max: 6526 Points
min: 5629     avg: 5833     median: 5832.5 (16%)     max: 6036 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1523     avg: 1561     median: 1544 (24%)     max: 1614 Points
min: 1883     avg: 1901     median: 1901 (30%)     max: 1922 Points
min: 1852     avg: 1875     median: 1869 (29%)     max: 1899 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 5266     avg: 5457     median: 5429 (9%)     max: 5615 Points
min: 6557     avg: 6697     median: 6714.5 (12%)     max: 6792 Points
min: 6173     avg: 6384     median: 6445 (11%)     max: 6527 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 319     avg: 327     median: 327 (24%)     max: 335 Points
386 Points (29%)
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
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 3998.8     avg: 4242     median: 4204.5 (7%)     max: 4852.6 ms
min: 3590.6     avg: 4378     median: 3875.6 (7%)     max: 6220.7 ms
min: 2733.7     avg: 3226     median: 3149 (5%)     max: 3734 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 9041     avg: 9575     median: 9591 (18%)     max: 10288 Points
min: 6692     avg: 10111     median: 11085 (21%)     max: 11838 Points
min: 10016     avg: 10823     median: 10236 (20%)     max: 11897 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
min: 2743     avg: 3060     median: 3059.5 (82%)     max: 3376 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
min: 4471     avg: 4481     median: 4481 (100%)     max: 4491 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
min: 7346     avg: 7456     median: 7455.5 (98%)     max: 7565 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 104012     avg: 108955     median: 110126 (38%)     max: 112870 Points
min: 173653     avg: 177915     median: 178490 (61%)     max: 181973 Points
min: 124087     avg: 143408     median: 146044 (50%)     max: 157445 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 181152     avg: 184162     median: 184162 (24%)     max: 187172 Points
202050 Points (27%)
min: 256749     avg: 264076     median: 264076 (35%)     max: 271402 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 3783     avg: 4903     median: 5187 (31%)     max: 5286 Points
min: 4617     avg: 4787     median: 4730 (28%)     max: 5015 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
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: 5803     avg: 6408     median: 6262.5 (51%)     max: 7141 Points
min: 6293     avg: 6860     median: 6957 (56%)     max: 7046 Points
min: 6006     avg: 6136     median: 6134 (50%)     max: 6299 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 7004     avg: 8160     median: 8125 (41%)     max: 9509 Points
min: 8115     avg: 8537     median: 8484.5 (43%)     max: 9326 Points
min: 6830     avg: 7199     median: 7341 (37%)     max: 7403 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
596 Points (11%)
677 Points (13%)

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 710 → 100%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 970 → 119%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 960 → 107%

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