Huawei has been one of the most active smartphone OEMs this year. This China-based company has introduced a number of new smartphones, most of which are quite interesting and compelling. The company is also doing really well as far as smartphone sales are concerned, and are currently neck-to-neck with Xiaomi in China. Huawei has recently released the Honor 7, Honor 7i, and Mate S smartphones, and their Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch has also been released following the initial announcement earlier this year.
That being said, most of Huawei’s smartphones this year are powered by the company’s Kirin 935 64-bit octa-core processor, but their Kirin 950 SoC has been rumored for a while now, and we’ve been wondering when will it launch. According to a newly-surfaced info, the Kirin 950 might power Huawei’s upcoming Mate8 and Honor 7 Plus devices, which means the chip might launch as soon as next month. The Kirin 950 is based on the TSMC 16nm manufacturing process, and it will feature 4 x Cortex A72 cores, and 4 x Cortex A53 cores. The chip will offer a maximum clock speed of 2.4GHz, and ARM Mali T880 GPU will be included on this chip. The Kirin 950 will offer support for LPDDR4 dual channel RAM chips, UFS 2.0 and eMMC 5.1.
The Kirin 950 will also ship with a self-developed IPS, i7 co-processor, support for Cat.10 4G LTE connectivity, and the Tensilica Hi-Fi 4 independent audio DSP. The Kirin 950 is definitely a high-end chip, and you can expect Huawei to use it in most of their higher-end devices starting next month probably. How powerful is this SoC? Well, according to leaked Geekbench results, the Kirin 950 scored better than the Exynos 7420. This chip managed to score 1,909 in the single-core, and 6,096 in the multi-core test. In comparison, Samsung’s Exynos 7420 averaged 1,486 and 4,970 in single and multi-core tests, respectively.
Keep in mind that these are still not official Kirin 950 details, Huawei still hasn’t announced the chip, but we’ve seen similar info in a number of leaked reports, plus the Geekbench listing, so the info is quite probably accurate. We’ll know more soon, it seems like Huawei intends to launch this chip next month, so stay tuned for more info.