Huawei’s newest flagship processor, the Kirin 970 chipset, is seemingly more powerful than the Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, as per an image that reveals benchmark scores of the two processors.
The image suggests that Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor has a higher benchmark score compared to Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 845 processor, though the difference in score isn’t substantial.
Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 processor is an advanced piece of technology. It features a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that allows faster processing of the Cloud and phone’s AI. To top it up, it gets eight cores as well as a dodeca core GPU, which means there’s enough power to run processor-intensive tasks.
The Kirin 970 features last generation Cortex-A73 and A53 cores and uses the older two cluster design, so it doesn’t really get any advanced optimizations. It’s certainly no slouch though, as revealed in the benchmark tests.
At launch, Huawei mentioned the capabilities of its dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) inside its latest Kirin 970 processor, which has been specifically designed to enhance machine learning capabilities.
Though it goes without saying that benchmarks scores don’t tell the entire story. As synthetic benchmark tests are a mere indication of the handset’s day-to-day performance, and certainly give us an idea of what to expect, but there are a lot of factors that play a key role in your overall smartphone experience.
Qualcomm also seems keen to point out Snapdragon 845’s prowess. The chipset uses a shared system cache along with an L3 cache for the CPU and a standard system RAM, which could significantly enhance the processor’s resource sharing capabilities for machine learning applications, which the company asserts gives it a 3x performance boost.
Most upcoming top-end phones in 2018 will likely get powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset. Also, vast majority of high-end Android handsets released from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Xiaomi should run the Snapdragon 845 processor.
Samsung also confirmed earlier this week its plans to manufacture Snapdragon 845 using its 10nm LPP process. A Nikkei report also stated that Xiaomi will be the first to use the Snapdragon 845 processor that was unveiled earlier this month.