Apple A11 Vs Kirin 970 Vs Snapdragon 835 Vs Exynos 8895 Vs Helio X30
Helio X30 is industry's first deca-core SoC, Kirin 970 is industry's mainstream AI-enabled chipset, Apple A11 integrates in-house custom-designed GPU with a hexa-core CPU, Snapdragon 835's Hexagon DSP is repurposed for AI applications with support to TensorFlow, Caffe, etc. Exynos 8895 uses 4 custom CPUs and 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs, learn the differences and top-ranked SoCs. . .
This post pits all the flagships system-on-chip (SoCs) of 2017 from Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung, Huawei, Apple. In our last post, Kirin 970 lost to the Apple A11 and Snapdragon 835 lost to the Kirin 970. In this post, we will rank each SoC based on the performance prospects. We are pitting Apple A11 Vs Kirin 970 Vs Snapdragon 835 Vs Exynos 8895 Vs Helio X30 in 3 simple points.
1. Apple A11 Has Exceptional SoC Design
Besides MediaTek’s 10 core CPU effort in the Helio X30, it failed to deliver the flagship performance characteristics due to a weak CPU scheduler. Apple and Qualcomm use full-fledged customized ARM-based CPUs, while MediaTek and Huawei using stock ARM CPUs. Samsung is using custom CPU design partially, comprising of 4 Mongoose CPUs and 4 Cortex-A53 CPUs.
Apple A11 has custom designed CPU and GPU and overall a powerful SoC design
Kirin 970 has a better design with housing 5.5 billion transistors for extra-power
Snapdragon 835 secures the 3rd spot by implementing powerful yet efficient Kryo 280 CPUs and Adreno GPU
Exynos 8895 secures the 4th position for its mediocre design
Helio X30 is losing in the ranking due to its failed attempt at providing flagship performance
2. Kirin 970 Has A Powerful NPU & Connectivity
As per the media and connectivity features, Kirin 970 integrates Category 18 LTE modem for a future-proof design. Apple A11, Snapdragon 835, Exynos 8895 integrates Category 16 LTE and Helio X30 integrates an older X10 LTE modem. Apart from the LTE modem, the Kirin 970 features a powerful NPU than the Apple A11’s NE to realized demanding AI applications making it a clear winner.
Media & Connectivity Ranking
Kirin 970’s has 2.4 TOPsof NPU computing power and features a Cat. 18 LTE
Apple A11has 0.6 TOPs of NPU computing power and features an internally-designed ISP for exceptional photography capabilities
Snapdragon 835 implements Hexagon 682 DSP for mediocre AI applications and X16 LTE modem
Exynos 8895 secures the 4th position by supporting camera resolutions of up to 28 MP
Helio X30 is the loser in the ranking by integrating a mere Cat. 10 LTE features (X10 LTE modem) and supporting only dual cameras up to 16 MP
3. Apple A11 Has Higher Benchmark Scores
This is the last point, wherein we summarize each comparison based on the benchmark scores. Due to the internally designed GPU and overall design, Apple A11 scores 63.0 fps in the 1080 Manhattan 3.1 test. Kirin 970 comes at 2nd due to its powerful NPU, it scores 177341 points in the AnTuTu v7 Benchmark test. Snapdragon 835 is a well optimized SoC for efficiency and performance scoring a total of 171884 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark.
Apple A11 Vs Kirin 970 Vs Snapdragon 835 Vs Exynos 8895 Vs Helio X30 Ranking
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User planning to buy a smartphone can keep this framework in mind as per the price point. Hope, this was an information piece for you. If you want me to compare any specific chipset, do let me in the comment section below.
theinsightboi works as a technology analyst in a research and advisory firm specializing in automotive, energy, electronics, and semiconductors domain. When he's not working, he loves gaming on his modest pc build, loves sci-fi films, and big pop culture geek!