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

by Joel 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?