Huawei just launched their new Nova 5 series smartphones and along with that release they also unveiled a whole new 7nm processor, by the name Kirin 810. This is the second 7nm architecture processor from Huawei other than their flagship specific Kirin 980 chip launched last year. The most significant thing about this processor is the AI accelerator build on the basis of Huawei’s Da Vinci Architecture. This boosts the AI capabilities of the 810 chipsets even above the flagship Kirin 980 and the Snapdragon 855. The 7nm architecture of the 810 allows it to achieve a 28 per cent more efficiency than a more traditional 10nm architecture. Also the transistor density 64 per cent higher than the 10nm architecture. Here, we will discuss what’s the differences between Kirin 810, Kirin 980 and Snapdragon 855.
Huawei’s mid-range Kirin 810 SoC
Qualcomm has a reserved 600 series processor as a mid-range offering besides the top of the line 800 series processors. However, Qualcomm released a new 700 series line processor as a high mid-range offering for smartphones lying between a flagship and a mid-range. Huawei was not about to sit idle to this and the Kirin 810 is the answer we see to Qualcomm’s 700 series processors. The Kirin 810 also lies between their mid-range oriented Kirin 710 processor and top of the line Kirin 980 processor seen on devices like the Huawei P30 Pro and the Mate 20.
For the architectural built of the Kirin 810, we have two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2.33 GHz and six ARM Cortex A55 cores clocked at 1.88Ghz. For graphics-intensive tasks, we have the Mali-G52 operating at 820MHz. Since AI is something processor manufacturers have been pushing on for a while now, Huawei here didn’t hold back anything and implemented an all-new Neural Processing Unit. In the 810 Huawei has their very own Da Vinci architecture which enables them to achieve very high efficiency and high performance under different half precision data types while enabling tensor computation. This is the first time we are seeing Huawei using their very own NPU as in case of Kirin 980 they just stook to NPU designed by Cambricon.
AI Benchmark Test: Kirin 810 beats Kirin 980 and Snapdragon 855
Kirin 810 is in a top of the line of AI benchmark results, with the Nova 5 achieving a spot (with an AI Score of 33,863 points) even above the Asus Zenfone 6 powered by the latest top Snapdragon 855 processor. What it means is that Huawei’s AI game is going to top any other company’s AI implementation from now on. This new Huawei Nova 5 by using deep learning algorithms can now implement night mode even on the front camera, which is first in case of any smartphone out there. What these algorithms do is that they enhance the human subject on the picture being processed while deposing dark backgrounds.
When we compare the chipsets in AI benchmark test, we see that the Kirin 810 has scored 23,944 points, outperforming the Snapdragon 855 and the Kirin 980.
AnTuTu Benchmark Test: Kirin 810 Outperforms Snapdragon 730 & 710
In Antutu benchmark test, the Kirin 810 SoC powered Huawei Nova 5 has scored 237437 points as compared to 210052 points for the Snapdragon 730 and 140009 points for the Snapdragon 710. The GPU scores of the Kirin 810 is also higher than the Snapdragon 730 and 710.
Kirin 810 vs Kirin 980 vs Snapdragon 855: Specifications Comparison
|SoC||Kirin 810||Kirin 980||Snapdragon 855|
|CPU||2 ARM Cortex-A76 upto 2.27GHz and 6 ARM Cortex-A55 upto 1.88GHz||2 ARM Cortex-A76 up to 2.60GHz, 2 ARM Cortex-A7 up to 1.92GHz and 4 ARM Cortex-A55 up to 1.80GHz||1 Kryo 485 Gold (A76) upto 2.84GHz, 3 Kryo 485 Gold (A76) upto 2.42GHz and 4 Kryo 485 Silver (A55) upto 1.80GHz|
|Process||7 nm||7 nm||7nm|
|GPU||Mali-G52 MP6||Mali-G76 MP10||Adreno 640|
|AI||DaVinci NPU||Dual NPU||Hexagon 690 DSP|
|Memory||LPDDR4X||LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz||LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz|