Exynos 9810 vs Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 970: Comparison Between The Best Smartphone SoCs

by Michele Ingelido 3

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If we take into consideration the Android smartphones market, Samsung Exynos 9810, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Kirin 970 are the best processors ever announced in the past few months. Exynos 9810 will power the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 in its European version, Kirin 970 is aboard Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro and it will also be aboard the Huawei P20, while Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will power the other most important flagship phones of 2018. Which one is the best SoC? Here you can see a Exynos 9810 vs Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 970 comparison between their specs.



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Exynos 9810 vs Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 970

Exynos 9810Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Kirin 970

4x Exynos M3 2.9 GHz, 4x Exynos M3 1.9 GHz

2nd Gen 10 nm FinFET LPP, 64 bit


8x Kryo 385, Clock frequency: Up to 2.8 GHz

2nd Gen 10 nm FinFET LPP, 64 bit


4x Cortex A73 2.4 GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 1.8 Ghz

10 nm, 64 bit

GPUARM Mali G72 MP18Adreno 630 ARM Mali G72 MP12
CameraUp to 24 MP Single

16 + 16 MP Dual

Up to 32 MP single camera

Up to 16 MP dual camera

Dual camera support
VideoUp to 4K Ultra HD at 120 fps (video recording)

Up to 4K Ultra HD at 120 fps (video playback)

Up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps (video recording)

Up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps (video playback)

 Up to 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps (video recording)

Up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps (video playback)

DisplayUp to 4K UHD 4096 x 2160 pixels

WQUXGA 3840 x 2400 pixels at 60 fps

Up to 4K UHD Up to 4K Ultra HD
ConnectivityDual Band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac with MU-MIMO.

Bluetooth 5.0, NFC

Cellular Modem: LTE Cat. 18 6CA up to 1.2 Gbps (download), LTE Cat. 18 2CA up to 200 Mbps (upload)

Dual Band Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ad Multi-Gigabit with MU-MIMO.

Bluetooth 5.0, NFC

Cellular Modem: Snapdragon X20 LTE, up to 1.2 Gbps Mbps download speed, up to 150 Mbps upload speed

 Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with 4×4 MIMO

Bluetooth 4.2, NFC

Cellular Modem: LTE Cat. 18 up to 1.2 Gbps download speed

Audio32 bit/384 kHz qualityQualcomm Aqstic audio technology

Qualcomm aptX

32 bit/384 kHz quality
LocationGPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS

Low Power Geofencing and Tracking, Sensor-assisted navigation

Battery ChargingSamsung Adaptive Fast Charge, Fast Wireless Charging (Qi and PMA)Qualcomm Quick Charge 4/4+ Fast battery charging

Each of these SoCs have octa-core architecture and has a dedicated chip for artificial intelligence and deep learning. The first difference that is possible to notice is the clock frequency. Exynos 8910 has the highest max frequency, but Snapdragon 845 has a max frequency of 2.8 GHz for each of its cores, while Exynos 9810 has a 2.9 GHz frequency only for 4 cores. Kirin 970 has the lowest frequency with 2.4 GHz. Each SoC has a modem that can reach a download speed of 1.2 Gbps, but Exynos 9810 has the highest upload speed with 200 Mbps.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 845 has a GPU that’s likely better: the Adreno 630. Further, Snapdragon 845 will probably provide more modding options. If I had to pick one, I would personally choose the Snapdragon 845 by Qualcomm, but that is mostly for personal tasks, as Samsung Exynos 9810 is as excellent as its opponent. I define Kirin 970 slightly inferior to both its opponents, but note that Huawei devices with this processor are more affordable.


Exynos 9810 vs Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 970: Summary


Samsung Exynos 9810


  • Powerful
  • High speed modem
  • Good connectivity


  • Limited availability (Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ only)


Snapdragon 845


  • Incredible performances
  • Soon available on many flagships
  • Great GPU


  • Nothing special


Kirin 970


  • Good power
  • Already available
  • Affordable price


  • Less powerful than its opponents


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    • loller

      SD845 is also buld on LPP which is 2nd gen of 10nm.

    • Luca

      Kind of a apple to orange comparison here with the Kirin being the competitor of 835 and 8890 rather than 845 and 9810.

      • princetom

        Yes… All these writter seems clueless every day