Snapdragon family vs. MediaTek vs. Kirin vs. Exynos: Benchmarking entry-level mobile SoCs

It’s been a while since we last compared mobile CPUs. In between, the landscape has changed so much that it’s become a nightmare for an ordinary consumer to choose the best processor among the plethora of options available. The sheer number of SoCs available in the entry-mid level segment coupled with Qualcomm’s mind boggling nomenclature make things worse.

Well, let us help you out by posting results of a few common CPU and GPU benchmarking tests and see where they fit in the value chain. We’re picking the very common ones now to keep things small and simple. Taking help from Notebookcheck, we’re posting the results for some well known tests below. So here’s the ultimate showdown between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, MediaTek, Exynos, and Kirin.


Snapdragon 430 vs. 435 vs. 616 vs. 625 vs. 626 vs. 650 vs. 652 vs. 820 vs. 821 vs. 835 vs. MediaTek 6735 vs. 6737 vs. 6753 vs. 6755 vs. 6757 vs. P25 vs. Exynos 7570 vs. 7870 vs. 7880 vs. 8895 vs. Kirin 655 vs. 950


AnTuTu  6.0

Results: AnTuTu assesses not just the CPU but other hardware like RAM and GPU. As such, it isn’t the best tool to compare these chipsets but it still gives a fair idea of where these processors stand. Top of the end Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 835 score the maximum points. Move beyond those two and last year’s Snapdragon 821 is still the king to beat. In the mid segment, Snapdragon 652 and 650 are faster than the current Snapdragon 626 and 625, but are more power hungry. Helio P20 matches the Snapdragon 625 and so does the Exynos 7880 that is seen on mid-end Samsung phones.

Moving further below reveals Kirin 655 is better than chipsets like the Snapdragon 430 and Helio P10. P10 holds its own against the likes of Snapdragon 430 and 435. Also, it turns out that the latter two are better than Snapdragon 616, 617 and MediaTek 6753.  MediaTek’6737 seen in phones like the Moto E4 Plus and Nokia 3 sit at the bottom along with MediaTek 6735.


Geekbench 4.1 – Single Core

Geekbench 4.1 – Single Core evaluates the single threaded performance of these CPUs. The results aren’t all that different from the AnTuTu scores. Kirin 955 seems perform closer to Snapdragon 821 in this test. Also the 6753 and Snapdragon 430/435 seem at par.


Geekbench 4.1 – Multi Core

This test rewards processors having higher number of cores such as the Helio P20 and P25. The performance of 650 and Snapdragon 652 dips below that of Snapdragon 626/625 in this test.


3DMark – Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280×720 offscreen


Again no surprises here. The Snapdragon 626/625 again beat the 650/652 series. Also, the Kirin 950 under performs on this one.



If we were to loosely rank this chips based on the four tests above (which is not the best metric to do that, we know) the list would go something like Snapdragon > Snapdragon 835> Snapdragon 821> Snapdragon 820> Kirin 950> Snapdragon 626> Snapdragon 625> Exynos 7880> Helio P25> Helio P20> Exynos 7870> Snapdragon 652> Snapdragon 650> Kirin 655> MediaTek 6755> Snapdragon 435> Exynos 7570> MediaTek 6753> Snapdragon 430> Snapdragon 616> MediaTek 6737> MediaTek 6735.

Again this isn’t the Bible for these chips and the ranking above is purely our own assessment (we’re not that perfect and could be wrong at places). However, it should be able to give you a fairly good idea of where these SoCs stand against each other.