The biggest selling point of the Snapdragon 660 is the introduction of functional modules and technologies that were previously only available in the Snapdragon 800 series flagship platform, including the integration of Kryo CPU and Spectra ISP in the Snapdragon 600 series for the first time. And support for some new features, such as machine learning, neural networks, and more. How does it stand against the Kirin 960? Read the comparison below.
This post pits Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 Vs Kirin 960 to understand the key differences and who performs better. Qualcomm is a favorite vendor for many smartphone OEMs as their Snapdragon series chips have a perfect balance of performance and energy efficiency. The newly launched Snapdragon 660 AIE is the most powerful chip in the Snapdragon 600 series. Further, the features of this chip are significantly higher than the pure mid-range chip such as the Snapdragon 625. Hence, we consider the Snapdragon 660 as a sub-premium or “upper mid-range” chip.
On the other hand, Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 also integrates sub-premium features making it a perfect contender for the Snapdragon 660. So, let’s understand which is a better chip. Let’s take a look at the detailed specifications of both chipsets.
In terms of CPU, the HiSilicon 960 has octa-core design with four Cortex-A73 core and four Cortex-A53 core in a big.LITTLE architecture. The GPU is the latest Mali-G71 MP8, which is 180% better than the Mali-T880MP4 used in the Kirin 950.
The Snapdragon 660 integrates custom-designed Kryo CPUs and Adreno 5 series GPU. In comparison, the two chips mainly differ in terms of fabrication technology (process node), big core clock rate, GPU, and LTE modem specifications.
As far as the basic specifications are concerned, HiSilicon Kirin 960 is lagging behind the Snapdragon 660 in terms of process node technology, GPU, but it has obvious advantages in single-core and multi-core CPU performance due to the higher clock rate.
Snapdragon 660 Vs Kirin 960 AnTuTu Benchmarks
As per the AnTuTu Benchmark points, the performance of Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 exceeds the Kirin 960 but there is a performance gap between single-core Geekbench, GPU performance.
Snapdragon 660 Vs Kirin 960 Summary
Kirin 960 upgrades CPU, GPU, Memory, etc. to Cortex-A73, Mali G71, UFS2.1, and continuously enhance the user’s “fast” experience. At the same time, the battery life is more durable, and the read/write performance is doubled, effectively ensuring users’ fast and smooth application.
For the current popular VR technology, Kirin 960 supports high-performance VR solutions, providing up to 2K@90fps resolution and MTP delay of less than 18 milliseconds.
The biggest selling point of the Snapdragon 660 is the introduction of functional modules and technologies that were previously only available in the Snapdragon 800 series flagship platform, including the integration of Kryo CPU and Spectra ISP in the Snapdragon 600 series for the first time. And support for some new features, such as machine learning, neural networks, and more.
Overall, the Kirin 960 performance is better than the Snapdragon 660. Although the Snapdragon 660 has performance features and Hexagon 685 DSP and Spectra ISP for AI applications and photography needs. The on-chip Adreno on the Snapdragon 660 is more preferred for gaming.
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