HiSilicon, a subsidiary of HUAWEI, announced the HiSilicon Kirin 710 mobile processor for HUAWEI and Honor. It is not a successor to Kirin 659 which is adopted in many middle range models, but it is announced as another series. Know the difference between the Kirin 659 Vs Kirin 710 Vs Snapdragon 710 in a few easy points below.
Kirin 710 is an answer to Snapdragon 710 and Helio P60. Recently, Huawei officially unveiled its newest processor called the HiSilicon (in-house company) Kirin 710 equipped with Nova 3i Smartphone. The Kirin 710 is a mocking answer to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 by not even codenaming it properly. In this post, we are pitting the Kirin 710 Vs Snapdragon 710 Vs Kirin 659 to understand which is the better chipset. Kirin 659 is also compared as it is the last known processor from Huawei which is losing its edge.
Since the release of the Helio P60 from MediaTek, SoC (System-on-Chip) vendors are creating a new tier for mobile processors. This new tier is being called “sub-premium” or “upper mid-range” which is currently clustering chips like Helio P60, Snapdragon 660, Snapdragon 710. These mobile processors can provide almost high-end or premium features by sitting in mid-range smartphone segment cost-effectively.
Nova 3i + Kirin 710
In view of the above, Huawei launched it’s most awaited SoC – Kirin 710 specially designed for it’s Nova 3i device. As per the specifications, it is Huawei’s first 12nm process chip fabricated at TSMC’s fab. In the CPU department, It uses four Cortex-A73 performance cores clocked at 2.2 GHz for four Cortex-A53 efficient cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. It has ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU, information about GPU cores and clocks are unknown, however, it is said to be 1.3 times faster than its predecessor (Kirin 659).
The SoC houses independent DSP, Dual ISP for enabling scene recognition, face unlock, and other entry-level AI features. It integrates Cat.12/13 LTE cellular modem and supports GPU Turbo technology.
Kirin 710 Vs Snapdragon 710
Kirin 710 (K710) and Snapdragon 710, both are representing as the first chips in the vendor’s 7XX mobile processor line-up. The chips can be confused with the names, but there are significant differences between them. Let’s have a look at the comparison chart.
1. Snapdragon 710 Has Better CPU & Overall Design
The Snapdragon 710 is built on Samsung’s 10nm LPE fabrication platform, the same platform where the flagship Snapdragon 835 is built which is still powering high-end smartphones. On the other hand, HiSilicon K710 uses TSMC’s 12nm process and houses ARM’s Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 CPUs. The overall design of the Snapdragon 710 with the custom-designed Kryo 360 CPUs gives it an edge in performance and energy efficiency.
2. Snapdragon 710 Is Recommended For Gaming
In comparison to the Kirin 710’s Mali-G51 MP4 GPU, Adreno 616 GPU is a better choice for GPU-intensive 3D applications such as mobile gaming. Adreno GPUs have been the core advantage of Qualcomm chips. In comparison to the Mali-G51 GPU in the Kirin 710, the Adreno performs better as seen in the infographic chart below.
3. Snapdragon 710 Has Better LTE Chip & Co-processors
Qualcomm’s LTE expertise has been the prime focus of the communication industry analysts. As a result, Qualcomm integrates better LTE modems in their SoCs. Hence, in the connectivity department, Snapdragon 710 wins. Further, both chips do not have a dedicated AI accelerator but support AI frameworks to enable machine learning applications such as face unlock, scene recognition, among others.
The Snapdragon 710 has lower power consumption and high-performance features and the on-chip Adreno GPU together with the co-processors enables a range of AI features. The Mali G-51 GPU in the Kirin710 is the key shortcoming, the performance difference is not very high.
Kirin 710 Vs Kirin 659 – Summary
Kirin 710 is obviously better than the Kirin 659, as the latter is representing Huawei’s 6XX mobile processor line-up. Below are the key points at which Kirin 710 is ushering in.
1. Kirin 710 has a better overall design and powerful CPU– As you can see in the specifications chart, the Kirin 710 is built on 12nm process node and integrates Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 CPUs. The Kirin 659 processor is a pure mid-range chip which competes with the Snapdragon 625
2. Kirin 710 has better GPU – As seen in the infographics chart below, the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU is scoring significantly fewer points than the other contenders. The Mali-T830 MP2 is a mere 2-core GPU with less GFLOPs performance.
3. Kirin 710 has better memory interface, flash support, and LTE support – Being a mid-range processor, the Kirin 659 integrates mere Cat.6 LTE specification. The storage support is only limited to eMMC and support only LPDDR3 RAM Interface.
Further, as per the official statement from Huawei, the single-core and multi-core CPU performance of the Kirin710 is up to 75% and 68% higher than that of the Kirin 659 respectively. Also, the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU is 130% more powerful than the Mali-T830 MP2.
Kirin 710 Benchmarks
The following infographics summarize the performance aspects of each mobile processors surrounding the Kirin710.
The AnTuTu benchmark score of Kirin 710 resulted in 138,583 points succeeding in growing 1.6 times from Kirin 659. Further, the GPU performance has grown by 1.7 times from kirin 659 to 21,853 points.
As per the analysis, Snapdragon 710 outruns the Kirin 710 in CPU, GPU, and overall performance. Gaming freaks planning to play a lot of PUBG, Asphalt, Modern Combat games shall look for Snapdragon 710, Kirin 710, and Snapdragon 660 chipset in their next mediocre smartphone purchase.
NOVA 3i (Kirin 710) Vs Mi 8 SE (Snapdragon 710)
As the availability of these phones comes near in your country, remember both are sub-premium smartphones designed to enable AI features, enhanced imaging, day-to-day efficient usage. The choice boils down to one thing, the design, user experience, etc.
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