Quickly! Kirin 659 Vs Snapdragon 625 In 3 Points

Last year, Huawei launched the Kirin 659, a mediocre mobile processor for their mid-range smartphone line-up. A thorough comparison of the Kirin 659 was done by us with its near contenders such as the Snapdragon 625 and 626 which got featured in Quora. This post will be a quick and easy discussion on the performance prospects of Snapdragon 625 against the Kirin 659.

Kirin 659 Vs Snapdragon 625

Image Credit: Huawei

1. Snapdragon 625 Has Better CPU Design Than The Kirin 659

Kirin 659 Vs Snapdragon 625
Kirin 659 Vs Snapdragon 625 – Design

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

Kirin 659 Vs Snapdragon 625
Kirin 659 Vs Snapdragon 625 – Media, Benchmarks

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.

  1. Both chipset are designed for mid-range smartphones with mediocre performance
  2. Do not expect intensive mobile gaming features from either processors
  3. Snapdragon 625 has better imaging capabilities, means great pictures (Xiaomi Mi A11 was powered by the same chipset)
  4. Kirin 659 phones are good for day-to-day normal usage
  5. Overall Snapdragon 625 processer is a bang-for-buck
  6. In India, Snapdragon 625 powered smartphones costs in the range of 7,000 to 15,000/-

Best Snapdragon 625 Smartphones In India

Redmi Y2 (Blue, 3+32 GB)

Redmi Mi A1 (Gold, 4+64 GB)

Moto G5s Plus (Lunar Grey, 4+64 GB)

Redmi Note 5 (Black, 3+32 GB)

Mi Max 2 (Black, 4+64 GB)


// This post is an acknowledgment to a reader’s comment in my previous post //

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.

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