A few days ago Huawei owned HiSilicon launched the new Kirin 810 chipset which will target the upper midrange market and presumably act as a tier above the current HiSilicon 710.

The new chip fabricated on TSMC's 7 nm process, features two Cortex-A76 big cores operating at up to 2.27 GHz along with six Cortex-A55 little cores operating at up to 1.88 GHz. The 810 incorporates ARM's Mali-G52 MP6 GPU.

As with most modern chipsets, this will has a dedicated AI chip, or Neural Processor in Huawei's terms. This is the first neural processing unit to use their own homegrown NPU based on Hisilicon's Da Vinci architecture.

The first phone to feature this new chipset is the Huawei Nova 5 which is launching in the Chinese market and is expected to feature in the upcoming Honor 9X.

Huawei are positioning this chip as a competitor to the recently launched Snapdragon 730 which is featured on the Samsung A80 and the Redmi K20.

The Snapdragon 730 is manufactured on an 8nm process, which is an improvement over its predecessor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710‘s 10nm process. The setup within the SoC comprises of 2 semi-custom Kryo 470 Gold “performance” cores clocked at 2.2GHz along with 6 semi-custom Kryo 470 Silver “efficiency” cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The GPU on the SoC is the Adreno 618, and the SoC also comes in with the Hexagon 688 DSP and the Hexagon Tensor Accelerator for AI acceleration.

Specification Comparison

 Snapdragon 710Snapdragon 730HiSilicon Kirin 710HiSilicon Kirin 810
Process10nm LPP8nm12 nm7nm
CPU Cores Octa-Core, 64-bit Octa-Core, 64-bit Octa-Core, 64-bit Octa-Core, 64-bit
CPU2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.2GHz
6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 470 Gold @2.2GHz
6x Kryo 470 Silver @1.8GHz
4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.2 GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @2.27GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @1.55GHz
GPUAdreno 616Adreno 618ARM Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G52 MP6

Benchmarks

Huawei has released their own benchmarks of the new chipset, so at the moment we will have to take their word for the accuracy. All the benchmarks are in comparison to the SD730, all of which indicate superior performance to the Qualcomm chip.

In Geekbench single-core performance on the Kirin 810 is said to be marginally better with about 11% improvement over the Snapdragon 730, in the multi-core comparison, the gap grows slightly by 13% in favour of the HiSilicon Kirin 810.

with AnTuTu, with the Kirin 810 is compared against both the SD730 and the Kirn 710 besting both chips comfortably.

The GPU performance on the Kirin 810 gives it a significant 26% edge over its Snapdragon counterpart, which coupled with the stronger multi-threaded performance, will help you out in gaming scenarios. Compared to the Kirin 710 you are looking at over 2.5 times performance improvement in the GPU.

In the CPU department, the Kirin 810 is still ahead of the SD930 but only by about 6% while it is 49% higher than the Kirin 710.

Overall scores in Antutu show a lead of 13% and 70% over the Snapdragon 730 and Kirin 710 respectively.

According to their internal testing using the AI Benchmark developed by Andrey Ignatov as the basis for comparison, Huawei claims that the Kirin 810 NPU performs much better than even the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 within the context of AI performance.

The above table is a good example of the tit for tat performance between HiSilicon and Qualcomm. The Kirin 980 was launch first, claiming huge improvements compared to the previous generation SD845, but now the SD855 shows improved AI performance over the Kirin 980. Similarly, the SD730 was launched first, now the Kirin 810 is ousting that.

Because of this, I wouldn't stress about which chipset manufacturer you phone uses but make your choice based on how the chip is positioned within the market and how well it performs based on its price.

Full Specification

 Kirin 810 
Base Frequency2,270 MHz (2.27 GHz, 2,270,000 kHz)  and 1,880 MHz (1.88 GHz, 1,880,000 kHz) 
Core Count
Core NameCortex-A76 and Cortex-A55 
DesignerHiSilicon and ARM Holdings 
FamilyKirin 
First AnnouncedJune 21, 2019 
Full Page Namehisilicon/kirin/810 
Instance Ofmicroprocessor 
Integrated GpuMali-G52 
Integrated Gpu Base Frequency850 MHz (0.85 GHz, 850,000 KHz) 
Integrated Gpu DesignerARM Holdings 
IsaARMv8 
Isa FamilyARM 
L1$ Size0.25 MiB (256 KiB, 262,144 B, 2.441406e-4 GiB) + and 0.375 MiB (384 KiB, 393,216 B, 3.662109e-4 GiB) 
L1d$ Size0.125 MiB (128 KiB, 131,072 B, 1.220703e-4 GiB) + and 0.188 MiB (192 KiB, 196,608 B, 1.831055e-4 GiB) 
L1i$ Size0.125 MiB (128 KiB, 131,072 B, 1.220703e-4 GiB) + and 0.188 MiB (192 KiB, 196,608 B, 1.831055e-4 GiB) 
L2$ Size1 MiB (1,024 KiB, 1,048,576 B, 9.765625e-4 GiB) + and 0.75 MiB (768 KiB, 786,432 B, 7.324219e-4 GiB) 
ManufacturerTSMC 
Max Cpu Count
Max Memory Channels
MicroarchitectureCortex-A76  and Cortex-A55 
Model Number810 
NameKirin 810 
Process7 nm (0.007 μm, 7.0e-6 mm) 
Series800 
Supported Memory TypeLPDDR4X-4266 
TechnologyCMOS 
Thread Count
Used ByHuawei Nova 5