In a recent guest appearance on a Chinese financial TV show, Huawei's CEO, Yu Chengdong (also known as Richard Yu), talked a bit about the company's success, and the part their Kirin processors played in it. As many of you know, Huawei is currently the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, and it has been that way for quite some time now. Huawei's CEO seems to be really proud of the company's Kirin SoCs, and gives them a lot of credit when it comes to the success of the company, while he holds them in high regard as well. According to Mr. Chengdong, Huawei's Kirin SoCs are actually more complex than Intel's offerings, which is quite interesting.
Huawei's CEO said that the company spends around $10 billion a year on research and development (R&D), which makes this China-based company the world's third highest spender on research and development in the world, only Intel and Microsoft spend more. Now, the Kirin 960 is Huawei's latest processor, and it's currently fueling the company's Mate 9 flagship phablet, and their recently announced flagship smartphones, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus. The Kirin 960 proved to be a really compelling processor which is capable of competing with the best out there, it's not only great in everyday, regular performance, but it also chews through graphically-intensive games, and its power also shows in benchmarks, especially in multi-core results. The Kirin 960 is a 64-bit octa-core processor, and it's quite power efficient as well. Now, it remains to be seen what will Huawei introduce later this year when the Kirin 970 is expected to launch, but based on how powerful the Kirin 960 still is, the Kirin 970 will certainly be able to stand next to the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895, and might even beat both of those SoCs, who knows.
The Kirin 970 will launch later this year, and the first smartphone that is expected to ship with this processor is the Huawei Mate 10, the company's upcoming flagship phablet. The Huawei Mate 9 was announced back in November last year, and its success will probably also land in November, though nothing is certain just yet. Huawei is, however, expected to release some Kirin 970 info in the coming months, so stay tuned for that.