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10nm BattleChip: Snapdragon 835 vs Helio X30 vs Kirin 970

by Habeeb Onawole 10

Next year is the year of 10nm chips and most of the major chip manufacturers have announced their own 10nm SoCs. Qualcomm already announced its Snapdragon 835 processor which will be manufactured by Samsung. Mediatek has also announced the deca-core Helio X30 which is being manufactured by TSMC, and we have heard rumors of a Kirin 970 chip from Huawei. While it is too early to decide which one is best, there is no harm in doing a comparison with the amount of info already out there.

Number of Cores

Qualcomm is sticking to eight-cores in a 4+4 combination for the Snapdragon 835. Mediatek on the other hand is not new to deca-cores chips; the Helio X20 and Helio X25 both have 10 cores, and the trend is set to continue with the X30. The Helio X30 will consist of four Cortex-A73 cores, four Cortex-A53 cores and two Cortex-A53 cores. The Kirin 970, just like the Kirin 960, is expected to use an 8-core setup (4 x Cortex-A73 cores+4 x Cortex-A53 cores).

Clock Speed

The SD 835 SoC will have a maximum clock speed of 3.0GHz but expect some manufacturers like Xiaomi to lower the clock speed. During the launch of the Helio X30, Mediatek already said the Cortex-A73 cores will be able to reach a clock speed of up to 2.8GHz. The clock speed for Huawei’s Kirin 970 is unknown but we assume it will be between 2.8GHz – 3.0GHz.

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Qualcomm is going all out by using using a combination of Cat. 13 and Cat. 16 for downlink and uplink. Mediatek’s Helio X30 will use a combination of Cat.10 and Cat.12 while the Kirin 970 is expected to use Cat. 12.

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To sum it up, the Snapdragon 835 will offer a performance increase of 27% over previous generation and Mediatek’s Helio X30 will get a 43% increase in performance. How much performance increase the Kirin 970 will have over the Kirin 960 is not known until there is an official announcement.

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  • Wolvie

    Die hard Qualcomm snapdragon supporter here ,i really fall in love with snapdragon since i use redmi note 3 pro. No more lagging compare to my previous mediatek !!

    Oh and the big reason i bough it was because redmi note 3 pro also so damn cheap with better hardware powerhouse compare to those mediatek SOC smartphone.

    • goodwill

      true. good phone. haha. I don’t have the redmi note 3 but i do have the mi max that uses the same chipset. I’m running on custom RR android 7

      • Saku

        There’s still an awful lot who says Redmi Note 3 Pro is still the best phone under $200. That phone is so good for its price.

        • Karly Johnston

          Zuk Z2 is moving under $200 so it won’t be long.

          • sagar_dx

            helio x20 is better than sd650

          • Karly Johnston

            Zuk Z2 is SD820

          • Trayanee

            Only on paper…and then there is of course that support and drivers thing…

          • Karly Johnston

            They are close but the Adreno 510 is better. MTK really cheaps out on the GPU.

  • Tommi

    Biggest boost is Helio x25 -> Helio x30, but still SD835 will be best on Android.

  • Allan Novaes

    SD821 GPU 2016 benchs better than all and SD835 Adreno 540 have improve it…
    On other hands new geekbench4 shows the exynos and kirin better than SD820
    But in terms of CPU+GPU i bet the SD835 is best of 2017