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Kirin 810 has higher AI performance than the Kirin 980 and Snapdragon 855

by Vyncent ChanJune 24, 2019
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The Kirin 810 which is powering the HUAWEI nova 5 is apparently the fastest AI chipset to grace the earth. According to AI Benchmark 3, which tests the AI performance of smartphones, sees the Kirin 810 take the top spot, ahead of flagship offerings from Qualcomm, Mediatek and even HUAWEI themselves.

Given HUAWEI’s focus on AI, the Kirin 810’s chart-topping results isn’t all that surprising. The surprising fact is that it bests the “flagship” Kirin 980. The Kirin 980 is due for a successor as the HUAWEI Mate 30 looms around the corner, but still, for a mid-range chipset to delvier this much performance in AI is pretty impressive. The NPU here is reportedly based on the HUAWEI’s very own DaVinci architecture, which does seem very promising at this point.

In addition to AI performance, the Kirin 810 also proved its mettle in Antutu. It scored a whopping 237 437 points, placing it well ahead of even the Snapdragon 730. This is also the first time I have seen a Kirin chipset best a Snapdragon chipset in the same range, with 26% higher GPU scores on the Kirin 810 versus the Snapdragon 730.

Here are the full-specs of the Kirin 810:

Kirin 810 Specs

  • 2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.27 GHz + 6 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.88 GHz
  • Mali G52 MP6 @ 820 MHz GPU
  • DaVinci NPU
  • TSMC’s 7nm FinFET

The new chipset is a huge upgrade over the Kirin 710, and I believe it won’t be replacing the latter. Instead, it will sit in a higher tier above the Kirin 710, but below the Kirin 980. Something to go directly against the new Snapdragon 700-series. And from the looks of it, they are off to a good start.

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About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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