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Huawei Joining MediaTek in the Octa-Core Processor Game to Challenge Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa

July 3, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

On Tuesday, we learned that MediaTek is working on a true octa-core chip, which will be ready later this year. Which should find itself into new phones beginning in 2014. Now we are learning that Huawei’s own K3V3 chip, which they build in-house, is going to be packing 8 cores as well. It will also be a true octa-core processor unlike the Exynos 5 Octa which just uses 4 cores at a time.

Huawei is reported as finishing developing their next generation Hisilicon K3V3 processor. Sources are also telling us that Huawei has created a way for the silicon to auto charge when running at a high temperature and cools the components down. Think of the fan from your desktop or laptop, but in your phone. Yes, phones are now that powerful. This should, in theory at least, increase the standby time of your device.

Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu said earlier this year that the company was working on an octa-core K3V3 processor and was based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture, and that it would be available in the second half of the year. This chip is said to be clocked at 1.8GHz. The Mali GPU is also on board, it’s built using the 28nm process.

For those of us in the US, we probably won’t see this new K3V3 processor anytime soon. But we are expecting to see it in the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, or whatever Huawei calls the successor to the Ascend Mate. Along with many other flagships from Huawei in 2014. Now we just need some benchmarks of this processor to see how well it performs. I’d definitely like to see it benchmarked against the Exynos 5 Octa, and the Snapdragon 800, and see just how powerful it is.

How many of you ever thought your smartphone might have more cores than your desktop computer? How about processors that are clocked higher than some desktops and laptops? Let us know in the comments below what you think about this new octa-core K3V3 processor from Huawei.