Snapdragon 710 VS Kirin 710: Qualcomm created a new 700 series chipsets, which is said to breach the gap between the 600 series and the 800 series. The first chipset under the new 700 series is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. The chipset is still for mid-range smartphones, albeit the higher mid-range. The first smartphone to power the chipset is the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, which is a stripped variant of the Xiaomi Mi 8.
Meanwhile, Huawei has also joined in releasing a new line of their in-house Kirin chipset called Kirin 710. According to Huawei, the new Kirin 710 offers 75 per cent performance in single-core compared to the Kirin 659. The first smartphone to power the Hisilicon Kirin 710 is the Huawei Nova 3i. The smartphone is a stripped version of the Nova 3, which powers a bigger chipset; Kirin 970.
We can’t help but think Huawei released the Kirin 710 chip as a direct competitor to the Qualcomm’s 710 chip. For starters, their name is pretty much the same. Let’s compare the specs of these two chipsets and see which offers the best performance.
Snapdragon 710 VS Kirin 710 – CPU
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 features two Kyro 360 Gold cores and six Kyro 360 Silver cores central processing unit. While the Hisilicon Kirin 710 packs four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores processor. The Snapdragon 710 processor clocks at a maximum speed of 2.2GHz for the Kyro 360 Gold and 1.7GHz for the Kyro 360 Silver. Whereas, the 4-cores Cortex-A73 clocks at 2.2GHz and the 4-cores Cortex-A53 clocks at 1.7GHz.
The Kyro 360 Gold core is a customized Cortex-A75. While the Kyro 360 Silver cores is a customized Cortex-A55. What this simply means is that the Snapdragon 710 will perform the task much faster and better than the Kirin 710.
Snapdragon 710 VS Kirin 710 – GPU
The Snapdragon 710 is a ready-to-go gaming chipset thanks to it’s Adreno 616 graphics processing unit. The Adreno 600 series GPU is Qualcomm best series for graphics. Their latest flagship chipset; the Snapdragon 845 also features Adreno 600 series GPU called Adreno 630. Meanwhile, the Hisilicon Kirin 710 comes with a rather disappointing GPU. The chip is packed with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. To me, the GPU is old and outdated for a new upper mid-range chipset like the Kirin 710.
Above is an AnTuTU GPU performance score carrying out on PUBG gaming. The Snapdragon 710 chipset scored 47,685 points. While the Kirin 710 scored 21,853 points. The performance score of the Snapdragon 710 is twice as much as the score of Kirin 710.
Snapdragon 710 VS Kirin 710 – Manufacturing Process
The process technology used to manufacture the Snapdragon 710 is the 10nm FinFET technology. The technology was used for the Snapdragon 835 chipset also. The Snapdragon 710 seems to be similar to the Snapdragon 845. While for the Kirin 710 chipset, Huawei made use of the 12nm FinFET technology. The technology is obviously outdated compared to the 10nm process technology.
Snapdragon 710 VS Kirin 710 – Benchmarks
For a more detailed understanding of how both chipsets perform, we have to consider the smartphones they power. The Snapdragon 710 powers the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. Whereas, the Hisilicon Kirin 710 powers the Huawei Nova 3i.
Geekbench tests reveal how faster the Snapdragon 710 is compared to the Kirin 710 chipset. The Snapdragon 710 scored 5,923 and 1,879 points in multi-core and single-core tests respectively. Whereas, the Kirin 710 scored 5,521 and 1,557 points in both multi-core and single-core test respectively.
Furthermore, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (powered by Snapdragon 710) scores 1,863 in the single-core test. While the Huawei Nova 3i (powered by Kirin 710) scores 1,601. Moving to the multi-core test, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE scores 5,801. Whereas, the Huawei Nova 3i scores of 5,457.
In the multi-core test, the main reason why the Kirin 710 chipset drew closer to the Snapdragon 710 chipset is that the Kirin 710 is powered by four cores while the Snapdragon 710 is powered by two cores. The Snapdragon 710 still managed to stay ahead though, which is due to its 10nm FinFET technology.
Snapdragon 710 VS Kirin 710 – Conclusion
Kudos to Huawei for trying to compete with Qualcomm here. But they just didn’t prepare enough. And from the onset, they never stood a chance. The Hisilicon Kirin 710 will still perform well on any mid-range smartphone. It’s just not the best mid-range chipset out there. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset is undoubtedly the best mid-range chipset.