Kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636 : Detailed Comparison

kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636
kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636 (ignore 630)

So both the Snapdragon 636 and Kirin 659 are competing with other in the budget price range in India. The very popular Redmi Note 5 Pro has the Snapdragon 636 whereas Huawei’s Honor 7x is featuring its proprietary Kirin 659. Also, both these as both these processors are available in almost the same price range, we put the Kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636 to see which one is better and powerful.

before getting started here’s a side-by-side specs comparison between both of these processors:

Processor Kirin 659 Snapdragon 636
Construction 16nm 14nm
CPUs 4 x 2.36GHz & 4 x 1.7GHz 8 x 1.8GHz
RAM LPDDR3 at 1.033MHz LPDDR4X at 1.900MHz
GPU Mali T830 MP2 at 900MHz Adreno 509
ISP 21 megapixels or 12 + 12 24 megapixels or 13 + 13
Video H.265, 4K at 30 fps H.265, H.264, 4K at 30fps, FullHD at 120fps
Connectivity LTE category 6 LTE category 12


Now that you’re done with the specs, let’s begin our comparison!

Snapdragon 636, Deep Look

Kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636
Snapdragon 636

The Snapdragon 636 is the most powerful chip among the Snapdragon 600 series as of now! It’s built upon the 14nm technology which is super quick and is a great power saver. The Snapdragon 636 is also equipped with the very efficient Adreno 509 GPU which is capable of handling apparently every high-end game available in the market right now.

On some technical side of things, the Snapdragon 636 features the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem that is capable to pull out some really high speed of internet (up to 600mbps).

Here’s a summary of the capabilities of the Snapdragon 636:

  • Great performance
  • Highly power-efficient
  • Supports high internet connectivity
  • Can handle high-end games efficiently

Kirin 659, Deep Look

Kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636
Kirin 659

The Kirin 659 is a mid-range octa core processor. It’s built upon a slightly higher 16nm technology as compared to 14nm on the snapdragon 636. Making the Kirin 659 a bit less powerful and less battery efficient too. But won’t make a huge difference.

The Kirin 659 also features the ARM Cortex-A53 cores which are not much powerful. The Kirin 659 is equipped with Mali T830 MP2 at 900MHz GPU which is supposed to be weaker as compared to Adreno 509 on the Snapdrago 636.

here’s a summary of the capabilities of the Kirin 659:

  • Power efficient
  • Gaming is decent
  • Under-powered GPU
  • Weaker CORES
  • High-speed internet capability

Now let’s talk about some numbers!

Antutu Benchmarks

  • Kirin 659 – 73416
  • Snapdragon 636 – 113004

Geekbench Scores

Single Core:

  • Kirin 659 – 914
  • Snapdragon 636 – 1338

Multi Core:

  • Kirin 659 – 3261
  • Snapdragon 636 – 4864


After all the comparisons and scores, the Snapdragon 636 is the clear winner here. it’s better in almost every aspect as compared to the Kirin 659.

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