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Huawei P9’s Kirin 955 Benchmarks Reveal Better Scores Than Helio X20

by Joe 11

Huawei P9 was announced a couple of days back and the phone came with impressive specs. Apart from the dual camera setup on the back, we were also interested to see the performance of the Kirin 955 chipset that powers the device. It is reportedly a slightly upgraded version of the Kirin 950 that powers the company’s other smartphones like the Mate 8. And now, we have the initial benchmark results of the chipset.

To recap, the Kirin 955 comes with 4 x Cortex A72 clocked at 2.5GHz and 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. As for GPU, there will be Mali-T880. In comparison, the Kirin 950 is clocked only at 2.3GHz. So, let’s see the Kirin  955 benchmark performance below.

kirin 955 benchmark single-core 01

For now, we only have the Geekbench results, courtesy of IT168. In the single-core Geekbench test, the Kirin 955 managed to score 1809 which is quite good. However, it’s not at par with Snapdragon 820 or even Exynos 8890 that scores 2353 and 2139 respectively. However, this score does manage to beat the deca-core Helio X20 in the same test which scores 1790. The difference is just marginal of only about 20 points.

kirin 955 benchmark multi-core

Coming to the multi-core test, Huawei’s Kirin 955 really shines with a score of 6415 points. Only the Exynos 8890 scores above Kirin 955 with a score of 7497. Snapdragon 820 is behind with 5466 followed by the Helio X20 which scores only 4483 even with its deca-core setup.

kirin 955 benchmark 3D test 01

Moving on to the GPU performance, as expected, they are not really at par with chips from Samsung and Qualcomm. Huawei’s Kirin 955 only managed 23.2 Fps on the Unified Cross-Platform 3D Graphics benchmark (T-Rex Offscreen), whereas Helio X20 got a marginally better 24.8 Fps. Snapdragon 810 gets around 46.8 Fps which is pretty good, but what’s really amazing is that both Exynos 8890 and SD820 get above 80 Fps. So, GPU is one area where both Kirin 955 and Helio X20 have to work on.

So, that was the first Kirin 955 benchmark results we have seen. What do you think? Good enough for a flagship?


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  • saswat nayak

    Huawei should stop producing their own chipsets. they can’t match the level of Qualcomm & Samsung better focus on device making & make the price low nt some 800$ price for a phone!

    • Lubemark

      they just need a better GPU and a a better fab (maybe they could team with Intel!)

    • balcobomber25

      Kirin chips aren’t bad in fact I have yet to use one that had any issues. They are not the best for hardcore gamers but they will still manage to play the majority of games in the play store without any issue. For most people the Kirin 955 is more than powerful enough.

  • Lubemark

    It’s seems multicore geekbench test is not working properly with deca core X20 ore the sample the tested is very pporly optimizid : my MT6795T powered RedMi Note 2 prime gets nearly 5000 points on that bench!

    • Lubemark

      right now 4855 points with system in balanced mode (in power mode exceeds 5000)

    • Karly Johnston

      It is the single core score, not multi core.

      • balcobomber25

        He is talking about the multicore. In the results above the X20 scores under 5000 in the multicore score. The X10 is capable of scores over 5000.

        • Karly Johnston

          His post was edited thanks.

    • balcobomber25

      The Mediatek developer units on Geekbench have a top scores of 2193 (single) and 7037 (multi). The averages for the developer unit were 2146 (single) and 6932 (multi). These scores would make it the second fastest in both tests.

  • Steven Fox

    The Adreno and the 12 Core Mali sure make a difference.
    Only real truth is that actually in intensive gaming the Adreno drops by 10-15%, where the Mali 880MP12 drops around 40% because of throttling.
    Where on the other hand the MP4 variant in the X20/25 and Kirin 95x drops no more than 10% and the phone never gets even warm.
    For me personally is SD 820, just for that Adreno GPU or the Kirin 95x becaue Huawei’s chips perform blazingly fast with everyday tasks and breeze through everything.
    The P8 was better at handling everyday tasks and multitasking than the SD810 was for instance.

  • Karly Johnston

    That gpu is really weak. Even the 808 gets 35fps on that test.