HiSilicon Kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636 Comparison

Some of the popular midrange smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Honor 7X is the well known in the market. Honor using its own Kirin 659 processor and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor. Today we will find out which processor is the best in different segments.

Both the SoC has an almost similar specification but they work differently in real life example. This both processors are made for the low-end smartphones, which are mostly priced at 10-20k Rs.

What’s Difference?

SoCSnapdragon 636Kirin 659
Contraction 14 nanometers16 nanometers
CPU8 x 1.8GHz
4 x 2.36GHz & 4 x 1.7GHz
GPUAdreno 509Mali T830 MP2 at 900MHz
RAMLPDDR4X at 1.900MHz LPDDR3 at 1.033MHz
ISP24 megapixels or 13 + 13 21 megapixels or 12 + 12
VideoH.265, H.264, 4K at 30fps, FullHD at 120fps H.265, 4K at 30 fps
ConnectivityLTE category 12 LTE category 6

Snapdragon 636

High-end features in the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 mobile platforms make this a powerful 600-tier platform, with Qualcomm Spectra™ ISP, Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU built on ARM Cortex technology and Snapdragon X12 LTE modem for up to 600 Mbps downlink speeds. Designed to support advanced photography and enhanced gaming, Snapdragon 636 boasts long battery life and fast LTE speeds for top-tier smartphones and tablet.
  • High Performance
  •  Battery Efficient
  •  Fast Modem
  •  Great for Gaming

Kirin 659 Pro & Cons

The HiSilicon Kirin 659 is an ARM-based octa-core SoC for mid-range smartphones and tablets. It was announced mid-2017 and features eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Four cores can be clocked with up to 1.7 GHz (power saving cores) and four with up to 2.36 GHz (performance cores). The difference to the older Kirin 650 and Kirin 655 SoCs is the higher clock speed of the performance cores (2.35 versus 2.1 and 2.0 GHz).

  • Higher Raw Performance
  • Power Efficient (16nm FinFET)
  • Decent Gaming Performance
  • Fast Modem (LTE Cat. 6)
  • Weaker GPU
  • Not Powerful Enough (Cortex-A53 Cores)

Antutu BenchMarks

Snapdragon 636: 113004

Kirin 659: 73416

Making Winner Snapdragon 636

GeekBench Score (Single core – Multicore)

Snapdragon 636: 1338 – 4864

Kirin 659: 914-3261

Making Winner Snapdragon 636


Coming to the Conclusion after seeing the benchmark results Snapdragon 636 is far better than the Kirin 659 in every single stuff. Snapdragon 636 has better CPU, GPU, ISP, RAM & charging.