Huawei Mate 8 Review: Examining ARM's Cortex-A72 And HiSilicon's Kirin 950

Mate 8 Browsing And Javascript Benchmarks

First we'll take a look at how the Huawei Mate 8 and the Kirin 950 compares to other smartphones and processing engines by examining a few benchmarks that are currently available on the Web or in the Google Play Store. 

First, let’s take a look at SunSpider and then the JetStream JavaScript benchmark, which will be replacing SunSpider in our suite of browsing tests eventually. According to the JetStream website:

JetStream is a JavaScript benchmark suite focused on the most advanced web applications. Bigger scores are better.

Web Browser And Javascript Benchmarks
Web Workload Testing

Mate 8 SunSpider Test

Mate 8 JetStream Test

In the SunSpider test, the Mate 8 and Kirin 950 rank somewhere in the middle of the pack. This could very well be because the device is relying more on its lower powered A53 cores rather than the higher-end A72 cores in the chip. However, in JetStream, though we don't have as large a database of results yet, the Mate 8 and Kirin 950 combination proves to be more powerful, edging-out the octal-core Samsung Exynos 7420 chip in the Galaxy S6 Edge+ but falling well behind Apples A9 in the iPhone 6S Plus.

Rightware's BrowserMark test ranks performance of modern mobile web browsers, along with device processing engines, in terms of how well they handle web page loading, screen resizing, and web graphics rendering workloads.
Mate 8 BrowserMark21

Here the competitive field is shuffled a bit, with the previously dominant iPhone 6S Plus falling a few pegs and Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 taking the top slot. The Huawei Mate 8 and its Kirin 950 processor are not far behind though and it's a virtual tie really, since a few points in this test is well within the benchmark's margin of error.

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