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Snapdragon 636 Vs Kirin 970 Mobile Processors | 2 Mins Read!

This post highlights the results of the Snapdragon 636 Vs Kirin 970 showdown. The comparative assessment evaluates the differences between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 and Huawei’s Hisilicon Kirin 970. Firstly, let’s understand the background of these two mobile processors.

Snapdragon 636 Vs Kirin 970
Image Source: Honor Official

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is a mid-range processor released last year. It is designed to replace the powerful mid-range, the Snapdragon 625. Snapdragon 625 enables powerful yet cost-effective smartphones. On the other hand, Hisilicon (Huawei’s chip manufacturing subsidiary) Kirin 970 is a high-end processor released by Huawei to replace the Kirin 960 built on previous generation process technology. Before talking about the key differences let’s take a look at the key specifications of the chips.

Snapdragon 636 Vs Kirin 970

Snapdragon 636 Vs Kirin 970
System-on-Chip (SoC) Snapdragon 636 Kirin 970
CPU Architecture 4 x A73 + 4 x A53 @ 1.8 GHz (Max.) 4 x A73 @ 2.4 GHz + 4 x A53 @ 1.8 GHz + NPU
Process Technology 14nm FinFET 10nm FinFET
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G72 MP12 (12 Core)
LTE/Cellular LTE Cat. 12 LTE Cat. 18
Memory & Storage LPDDR4X & UFS 2.1 Support

In terms of the processor segment, Kirin 970 is largely powerful which is very obvious. The Snapdragon 636 targets mid-range smartphones, while the Kirin 970 serves the Huawei flagships. From the perspective of positioning, obviously, Kirin 970 is significantly stronger than the Snapdragon 636 processor.

Now we will understand, how much is the difference gap between the Snapdragon 636 and the Kirin 970? In view of the above, let’s take a comprehensive understanding of the key differences through the specifications (parameters).

Kirin 970 Is Built On 10nm

The Snapdragon 636 is manufactured using the 14nm process, while the Kirin 970 is a 10nm processor. The lower the “nm” value, the more advanced the process is. Also, lower process node ensures less power consumption and heating of the processor.

Kirin 970 CPU Have Higher Computing Speed

CPU clock rate refers to the processor computing speed (operating frequency). From the comparison of specifications, both have eight-core CPU (processor), but Kirin 970 has the highest operating frequency of 2.4 GHz and lowest 1.8 GHz, and blessed with a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for advance AI applications. The highest operating frequency of the Snapdragon 636 is capped at 1.8 GHz.

Kirin 970 Has High-End GPU Core

The SD636 has built-in Adreno 509, while the Kirin 970 has a built-in Mali-G72 MP12 (12 core) GPU. From the name perspective, it is tricky to determine which is stronger or weaker. However, as per the mobile processor positioning and AnTuTu benchmark points, we can see the GPU performance gap.

The Snapdragon 636 is positioned at the mid-end segment and secured 110,000 points in the AnTuTu GPU test. On the other hand, Kirin 970 is positioned at a high end, and the AnTuTu GPU test returned points around 200,000.

Kirin 970 Has Better LTE Modem Specifications

The baseband version of the Snapdragon 636 is LTE Cat.12, which belongs to the mid-range level, while the Kirin 970 baseband version reaches LTE Cat.18, which belongs to the current high-end level. Both processors support mobile 4G network, however, the Kirin 970 baseband version is higher equivalent to supporting a 4.5G network. It means, theoretically the Kirin 970 powered smartphones can achieve higher download speeds.

Snapdragon 636 Vs Kirin 970 – Comparison Summary

The above aspects are the main difference between the SD636 and the Kirin 970. As per the comparative assessment, the performance difference is significant. Simply put, Snapdragon 636 equipped smartphones comes cheaper than Kirin 970 equipped devices. MediaTek Helio P60 is the perfect contender to the Snapdragon 636 and Apple A11 targets the Kirin 970.


Snapdragon 636 Smartphones India

Redmi Note 5 Pro (64GB, 4GB RAM) – Black

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (64 GB, 4 GB RAM) – Black


Kirin 970 Smartphones India

Honor View 10 (Midnight Black, 128GB)

Honor Play (Black, 64GB)

Huawei P20 Pro (Black, 128GB | LEICA Tripe Camera)

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