Kirin 659 and Snapdragon 625 are built-on similar process node 16nm and 14nm respectively. Both comprise of 8 Cortex-A53 CPUs, though different implementation. Kirin 659 integrates ARM’s Mali-T830 GPU and Snapdragon 625 integrates Adreno 506 GPU. The AnTuTu benchmark score of Snapdragon 625 is higher than that of the Kirin 659. Know the key differences, read the story below…
1. Snapdragon 625 Has Better CPU Design Than The Kirin 659
On the CPU side, the process node for both processors is the same generation of Samsung/TSMC 14/16nm, Kirin659 has 8 Cortex-A53 CPUs (4*2.36GHz+4*1.7GHz) in big.LITTLE structure. Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 has also 8 Cortex-A53 CPU synchronously clocked at 2.0GHz. The average performance looks similar but using Kirin659’s core switching results in weaker performance than the Snapdragon 625.
On the memory, Kirin659 supports dual-channel LPDDR3, 32-bit, 933MHz, but in fact, Huawei uses only a single channel. The Snapdragon 625 is also a single-channel LPDDR3, 32-bit with a frequency of 933MHz, the same bandwidth as the Kirin659.
2. Adreno 506 GPU In Snapdragon 625 Is More Powerful Than The ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU
On the GPU side, the Kirin659 integrates ARM’s MaliT830MP2 GPU which have poor 61.2 GFlops performance. The Adreno 506 GPU in the Snapdragon 625 has 96 ALUs and more GFlops performance.
3. Snapdragon 625 Has Better Cellular & Wi-Fi Connectivity
In the connectivity side, the Qualcomm X-Series LTE modems are powerful. The Kirin 659 only support WiFi till ‘n’ standard (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) Kirin659 powered smartphone does not support 5GHz (dual-band) WiFi.
In the other hand, the Snapdragon 625 supports dual band WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac).
Snapdragon 625 Vs Kirin 659 Key Takeaways
Snapdragon 625 comprehensive performance completely whips Kirin659. The performance prospects of the Kirin659 matches with the Snapdragon 450 which is an entry mobile processor. As per the research, the experience of Kirin659 powered smartphone is not as good as smartphones equipped with Snapdragon 625.
Both chipset are designed for mid-range smartphones with mediocre performance
Do not expect intensive mobile gaming features from either processors
Snapdragon 625 has better imaging capabilities, means great pictures (Xiaomi Mi A11 was powered by the same chipset)
Kirin 659 phones are good for day-to-day normal usage
Overall Snapdragon 625 processer is a bang-for-buck
In India, Snapdragon 625 powered smartphones costs in the range of 7,000 to 15,000/-
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