New 5nm Huawei Kirin 9010 chip tested in games and benchmarks

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New 5nm Huawei Kirin 9010 chip tested in games and benchmarks

Huawei‘s latest flagship smartphone, the Pura 70 Ultra with the brand new Kirin 9010 SoC, has been thoroughly tested by reviewers of the Chinese publication, which shed light on the performance of the new chipset. Benchmarks show that Kirin 9010 is more of a gradual upgrade than a huge leap forward.

This isn’t entirely surprising considering that the Kirin 9010 seems to be a polished version of the Kirin 9000S used in the Mate 60 series. It has one 2.3 GHz Taishan core, three 2.18 GHz Taishan mid-range cores, and four 1.55 GHz Cortex-A510 cores designed to handle less intensive tasks.

The core architecture is essentially similar to the Kirin 9000S in the Mate 60. The noticeable difference is that Huawei has adjusted the clock speed of the cores. Meanwhile, the GPU has remained unchanged, with the same 750MHz Mali-G78 GPU.

Benchmarks

Starting with the synthetic tests, the AnTuTu score for Pura 70 Ultra stopped at 940,000 points. While in GeekBench 6.2, single-core results reached 1,431 points and multi-core results reached 4,430 points at room temperature.

Turning on the phone’s performance mode resulted in a minimal increase: single-core scores dropped to 1,440, and multi-core scores to 4,436. On paper, these figures are clearly better when compared to the Kirin 9000S.

Processor Geekbench Single-Core Geekbench Multi-Core AnTuTu Overall
Kirin 9010 1440 4436 940,000
Kirin 9000s 1350 4200 700,000

However, according to the report, the GPU seems to be a stumbling block. The 3DMark Wild Life EXTREME benchmarks showed results of 1575 points at room temperature and 1577 points in cooling mode. This is a limited increase in graphics power.


Games

But real-world testing shows that the phone can run popular games like Genshin Impact quite well.

Running the game on the highest settings with a fixed 60fps and the frame rate boost features turned off, the Pura 70 Ultra showed an average frame rate of 60.2fps at room temperature.

The frame rate remained fairly stable at around 60 frames per second for the first 10 minutes and then dropped to 55.7 frames per second for the remaining 15 minutes. The back cover of the phone reached a maximum temperature of 46.8 degrees Celsius during this test.

Another game with high graphical requirements, Honkai: Star Rail, pushed the Pura 70 Ultra to new heights. On very high settings with a fixed frequency of 60 frames per second, the phone showed an average frequency of 53 frames per second during the 15-minute test.

Although the frame rate dropped to 50 frames per second after the first 4 minutes, it remained stable for the rest of the test. The temperature of the back cover rose to a maximum of 49.6 degrees Celsius.

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