Kirin 710 vs Helio P60 – The battle of 12nm mid-range processors

Huawei is doing a great job with its HiSilicon Kirin processors. We saw the same thing last year when the company announced the world’s first smartphone processor with a dedicated NPU. Yes, it was Huawei that did it first and not Apple, Qualcomm, MediaTek or Samsung. The Kirin 970 is a pretty powerful processor that can compete with the Snapdragon 835 but falls short to the 845 since it is a processor from last year. In the mid-range segment also, Huawei is doing a good job as the latest Kirin 710 processor is a tough competitor to the Snapdragon and MediaTek chipset.

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We have already done the comparisons of Kirin 710 vs Snapdragon 636, Kirin 710 vs Snapdragon 660 and Kirin 710 vs Snapdragon 710. These comparisons show that despite a similar name, the chipset is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 710. It is more of a competition to the Snapdragon 636 and 660 than to the Snapdragon 710. But, there is one more processor in the mid-range market that is giving a tough competition to the Snapdragon 6xx series processors right now. We are talking about the MediaTek Helio P60.

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MediaTek was previously known for average processors with not so good specs and performance. But now, the things have changed. The MediaTek Helio P60 is a superb processor that is built on the 12nm process and delivers great performance an power efficiency. So, how does this chipset compares with the all-new Kirin 710? Let’s see this by comparing the Kirin 710 vs Helio P60. This is a pretty fair comparison since both are mid-range processors and both are 12nm chipsets.


 Huawei Kirin 710MediaTek Helio P60
Manufacturing Process12nm12nm
CPU2.2GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A73 + 1.7GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A532.0GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A73 + 2.0GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A53
Up to 2.0 GHz
GPUARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPUARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU clocked at up to 800MHz
CAMERAUp to 16MP + 2MP Dual CamerasUp to 32MP single camera
Up to 24MP+16MP dual-cameras
Real-time HDR recording
DISPLAYFull HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels)Up to Full HD+ 20:9
OTHER FEATURES4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS + GLONASSCat-7 (DL) / Cat-13 (UL); Dual 4G VoLTE

Talking about the specifications, most of the specs are similar. Both the Kirin 710 and the Helio P60 are 12nm processors and are octa-core chipsets with four ARM Cortex-A73 cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores. The difference is in the clock speed. The Kirin 710 has four A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and are for heavy tasks whereas there are four A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. On the other hand, the Helio P60 has both the A73 and A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz. Both the Kirin 710 and Helio P60 feature the big.LITTLE architecture that is common in mid-range processors.

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According to MediaTek, the Helio P60 delivers 70% better performance than the P23 and boosts the overall power savings up to 12%. Kirin 710 is also a huge upgrade from the Kirin 659 and in some scenarios, the chipset scores almost twice on benchmarks as compared to the Kirin 659. Huawei claims that the Kirin 710 offers 75% higher single core performance and 68% higher multi-core performance than the Kirin 659.

READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 660 – Comparison

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The Huawei Nova 3i is powered by Kirin 710

The CPU performance is a bit better with the Kirin 710 since its CPUs are clocked at 2.2GHz, compared to the 2.0GHz clock speed of the Helio P60. Coming to the GPUs, the Kirin 710’s ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU is slightly less powerful than the ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU of the Helio P60. This is because Mali-G51 is a high area efficiency GPU like the G52 while the Mali-G72 isHigh-Performance GPU like the G76. In fact, the Mali-G51 comes with a frequency of 650MHz, which is lower than the 800MHz frequency of the Mali-G72. Also, the G72 is built on 16nm FinFET process while the G52 on the 28nm HPM process.

The Helio P60 can support a set of dual cameras with higher megapixels than the Kirin 710. The Kirin 710 supports dual cameras up to 16MP + 2MP while the Helio P60 can support dual cameras up to 24MP + 16MP.


Kirin 710 Benchmark scores
Kirin 710 Benchmark scores

The Kirin 710 scores around 1600 on the single core on Geekbench and around 5600 on multi-core. This shows that it is a pretty powerful mid-range processor with a great CPU power. Talking about the AnTuTu benchmark, the phone scores around 138K on AnTuTu.

READ: Huawei nova 3i with Kirin 710 benchmarked: here’s how it compares to Snapdragon 710

Helio P60 vs Kirin 710
MediaTek Helio P60 AnTuTu Benchmark
Kirin 710 vs Helio P60
MediaTek Helio P60 Geekbench Scores

The Helio P60 scores almost the same on AnTuTu benchmark which shows how tough the competition between these two processors is. These scores above are from the Realme 1 smartphone that is powered by the Helio P60. On Geekbench, the Helio P60 scores around 1500 on single core and 5600 on multi-core. Here too, the scores are very similar.


One conclusion that we can draw from this quick comparison of this two chipsets is that both the Kirin 710 and Helio P60 perform almost the same. So, it all depends on the software optimization which will decide which chipset performs better in real life. We have seen phones having different performance despite having a similar chipset. This is all due to the software optimization done by the company. Both the Kirin 710 and the Helio P60 are 12nm chipsets that make the competition even tougher since both can deliver similar power efficiency.

So, what are your opinions on this comparison of Kirin 710 vs Helio P60? Do let us know via the comments section.