Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

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Your fancy new flagship smartphone is probably powered by a Snapdragon, Exynos or Kirin mobile platform, but just how fast are they really?

Find out which is the fastest flagship mobile SoC in our little performance comparison!

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

So we managed to get our hands on the fastest mobile platforms available in the market today :

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
Process7 nm N7P7 nm EUV7 nm EUV
CPU
Cores
1 x Kryo 585 Gold
(3.09 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
(2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
(1.8 GHz)
2 x Exynos M5
(2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(2.0 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.09 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(1.8 GHz)
GPUAdreno 650Mali-G77 MP11Mali-G76 MC16
Memory
Support
LPDDR5LPDDR5LPDDR5
Storage
Support
UFS 3.0UFS 3.0UFS 3.0
5G ModemSnapdragon X55
(Separate)
Exynos 5123
(Separate)
Balong 5000
(Integrated)

Now you may be wondering – what about MediaTek? They get a pass because they cheat at benchmarks.

UL Benchmarks Delist MediaTek

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : TLDR Summary

For those who are too lazy to drill down into the results, here’s a quick and dirty summary.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is definitely the superior mobile platform.

In most benchmarks, it was significantly faster than both the Samsung Exynos 990 and the HUAWEI Kirin 990.

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
PCMark Work 2.0Winner-16.3%-30.6%
Computer VisionWinner-16.9%-23.2%
3DMark VulkanWinner-11.4%-33.7%
3DMark OpenGLWinner-4.5%-30.1%
Geekbench Multi-CoreWinner-3.2%-3.7%
Geekbench Single-Core-21.1%-2.2%Winner
AnTuTu OverallWinner-9.5%-22.8%
AverageWinner-6.1%-21.4%

You are unlikely to notice the small 6% performance difference between the Snapdragon 865+ and the Exynos 990.

However, the 21% performance deficit of the HUAWEI Kirin 990 versus the Snapdragon 865+ will be noticeable. So will its 14% performance deficit against the Exynos 990.

Even if TSMC was allowed to continue making Kirin 990 for HUAWEI, it is no longer a competitive flagship mobile platform.

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Work 2.0

Snapdragon 865+Exynos 990Kirin 990
Work 2.0 ScoreWinner-16.3%-30.6%
Web Browsing 2.0Winner-27.2%-43.3%
Video EditingWinner-18.5%-26.2%
Writing 2.0Winner-12.0%-13.4%
Photo Editing 2.0-10.7%Winner-45.6%
Data ManipulationWinner-29.6%-26.9%

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Computer Vision

This is a benchmark that tests the AI capabilities of these mobile platforms :

  • image recognition with TensorFLow
  • graphical barcode scanning with ZXing
  • optical character recognition with Tesseract

Snapdragon 865+Exynos 990Kirin 990
Computer VisionWinner-16.9%-23.2%
TensorFlow-44.2%-5.0%Winner
ZXingWinner-18.1%-3.6%
Tesseract-19.9%Winner-56.6%

Next Page > Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : 3DMark | Geekbench | AnTuTu

 

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