21 October 2019
Huawei launched its new HiSilicon Kirin 810 processor based on the 7nm process last week and this chip first debuted on the Nova 5 smartphone. Now, according to a leak, the Honor 9X will also use this chip as well. Huawei is the first company that has two chips based on 7nm fabrication process in its arsenal. First, it launched the Kirin 980 SoC and now we have the Kirin 810, successor to the Kirin 710 SoC.
Under the hood, the Kirin 810 SoC includes many strong components that make it one of the best SoCs for the mid-range devices. And, Huawei is pitching this new SoC against the Snapdragon 730 processor which is based on the 8nm process. The Kirin 810 includes 2 ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores clocked at a maximum frequency of 2.27GHz and 6 ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores clocked at a maximum frequency of 1.55GHz. It includes the Mali-G52 MP6 GPU and also houses its self-developed DaVinci architecture NPU that claims to offer flagship-tier AI performance.
On the other hand, the Snapdragon 730 comprises of 2 semi-custom Kryo 470 Gold “performance” cores clocked at 2.2GHz along with 6 semi-custom Kryo 470 Silver “efficiency” cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It holds Adreno 618 GPU and also houses Hexagon 688 DSP and the Hexagon Tensor Accelerator for AI acceleration.
Huawei claims that its Kirin 810 outperforms the newer processor from Qualcomm which is Snapdragon 730 SoC. To tell the performance of its latest Kirin 810 SoC, Huawei has even compared it against the likes of Snapdragon 730 processor.
Some benchmark scores tell the difference in the performance of both the SoCs from Huawei and Kirin. On paper, there are definitely some differences and the benchmarks are also reflecting that. But, again, the real-life performance can only be felt when the device will get released and compared with others in real life tests.
Well, moving on, the AnTuTu benchmark, a Chinese software benchmarking tool to test some major aspects of a device, including GPU, RAM, CPU, and more have shown the device with Kirin 810 SoC superior to the Snapdragon 730 processor.
Huawei has also compared it with its in-house Kirin 710 SoC that is based on the 12nm process. Huawei touts the all-new Kirin 810 offers 162% better performance over the Kirin 710. As visible in the AnTuTu results as well, the Kirin 810 is clearly topping the benchmark with 237437 score, over the Snapdragon 730's 210052, and Kirin lowest 140009 score. It’s the GPU on the Kirin 810 that gives it a noticeable edge over its Snapdragon counterpart.
Also, in the Geekbench 4.2 benchmark for single-core performance test, the Kirin 810 SoC outperforms the Snapdragon 730. But there’s even greater variance in multi-core performance on Geekbench.
Furthermore, Huawei is also highlighting the superior AI performance over the Snapdragon 730 processor. Huawei did some internal testing using AI Benchmark to show Kirin 810 NPU performs much better than even the flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC. But do note that the AI performance will be more about actual use cases than about mere benchmark numbers.
It should be noted that the Snapdragon 730 is no slouch either. Several devices powered by this newest SoC by Qualcomm have shown their worth. For instance, the very new Redmi K20 device. Brands or leading technology companies use these benchmarks as industry standard commonly to show the worth of their own offerings. The difference in the scores is indeed big but then they can’t be the pure deciders. They are good to focus on when you compare different devices against each other but individually, SoCs aren’t crippled or lacking anything that they can’t serve you great performance.