Snapdragon 835 vs Kirin 970: Which Is The Better Mobile SoC?

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Snapdragon 835 vs Kirin 970
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 v Huawei Kirin 970

Qualcomm finally took the wraps off its Snapdragon 835 by announcing the specs of the latest SoC at CES 2017. The new chip uses 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET fabrication process technology, the first chip of its kind from the company?s line-up.

Other manufacturers such as Huawei, however, are not far behind. The Chinese smartphone maker is already working on their next generation Kirin 970 SoC, reports PhoneArena. The upcoming chipset will give a big leap of performance from Kirin 960 as it is rumored to use the TSMC?s 10 nm processor for production.

While Snapdragon 835 will power several flagships such as Galaxy S8, LG G6 and Surface Phone, Kirin 970 will power the future Honor and Huawei devices. With the recent Honor 6X launch, Huawei seeks inroad into US market. The question on everybody?s mind is will Huawei?s devices match that of SD 835 powered devices?

Snapdragon 835 vs Kirin 970 Processor

Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 835 chipset features an octa-core Kryo 280 CPU, with four performance cores running at up to 2.45GHz and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz.?The SoC also packs an Adreno 540 GPU, and is 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 820, reports NDTV Gadgets. The size reduction equates to longer battery life and thinner designs.

Huawei Kirin 970 will use the similar octa-core architecture as Kirin 960. It reportedly will pack four Cortex A73 cores and another four Cortex A53 cores. Four powerful will characterized by a clock frequency from 2.8 to even 3.0 GHz. It will be paired up with a fairly powerful Mali-G71 octa-core GPU for more pixels.

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Virtual Reality

Qualcomm is pushing their 835 SoC as the ideal processor for VR/AR head mounted displays. The Snapdragon 835 offers faster 3D graphics, 60 times more colors and improved audio processing. The 835 is also the first Snapdragon processor to support Ultra HD 4K Premium video playback, including HDR 10.

Huawei will introduce extreme graphics capabilities with its Kirin 970. Their latest Kirin 960 came with the most advanced mobile GPU, Mali G71. It is said to bring 180% better performance when compared to the Mali T880 GPU used in the earlier high-end Kirin chipsets. Kirin 970 can hence be expected to bring similar graphics capabilities to smartphones as SD 835.


The Snapdragon 835 brings along improvements to the camera department in terms of both photography and videography. The latest flagship supports up to 32-megapixel single and 16-megapixel dual-camera. Huawei is sure to follow suit as they have focused on dual camera setup for their mobile devices.


The 835 processor features support for Quick Charge 4.0, and is capable of delivering 27 percent higher performance while consuming 40 percent less power than the SD 821.?Qualcomm said the new technology will charge 20% faster than Quick Charge 3.0.

The company revealed that Quick Charge 4.0 can provide ?5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.? Also it is fully compatible with USB Type-C cables and charging ports. Also, included in 835 SoC is a built-in protection mechanism for damage against overcharging.

Details of Huawei?s Kirin 970 are not yet available on the efficiency issues. It is unlikely that Huawei could top the features provided in the Snapdragon 835 processor.

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On the connectivity front, the SD 835 comes with ?an integrated X16 Gigabit-Class LTE modem, with integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wave-2 and 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, making it the first commercial processor equipped to deliver Gigabit-Class connectivity at home and on the go,? Qualcomm said.

Huawei is not far behind in terms of connectivity features. The Kirin 970 is reported to support Cat.12 LTE. This will allow Huawei devices to support more of the bands found in niche markets like the United States, and faster LTE across the board worldwide. There are also rumors that chip will be 5G-friendly, though with the official standard not ready yet, there is no way to guarantee that right now.

Security Features

In terms of security, Snapdragon 835 comes with support for fingerprint, eye and face-based biometrics. Huawei is all too good with introduction of the biometric sensors. Their devices have advanced fingerprint sensors featuring the swipe functions. It is likely the Huawei?s Kirin 970 will upgrade their security to match that of SD 835.

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Though Snapdragon 835 seems the best bet yet, nothing is set for sure. Unless the Kirin 970 comes out really nothing can be known. In the meantime stay tuned for the latest smartphone, tablet and related news.

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