Huawei has announced Kirin 950 SoC at an event in Beijing today. It is an Octa-Core SoC with four ARM Cortex A72 Cores that can be clocked up to 2.53 GHz and four ARM Cortex A53 Cores that can be clocked up to 1.8 GHz. It is based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture so it can alternate between the Cortex A72 or A53 cores depending on the type of tasks. It has support for Category 6 LTE networks and is built on 16nm FinFET process.
Huawei used Mali T628 MP4 GPU for the Kirin 920, 930 and 935 SoCs, this has more powerful Mali T880 GPU. It also has improved IntelliSense i5 sensor hub that is said to be four times better than the second-generation i3 and the power usage has been decreased from 90 mA to 6.5 mA. It also uses Huawei’s own powerful image signal processor.
Highlights of Huawei Kirin 950 Octa-Core SoC
- Up to 2.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex 72 + up to 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A53
- Mali T880 GPU
- IntelliSense i5 for low-power operation when gathering data from accelerometer, gyroscope, compass etc.
- LPDDR4 RAM
- Integrated Multi-mode 4G LTE Modem – Category 6 FDD / TDD
- TD-LTE/LTE FDD / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / GSM
Complete details of the processor is not available yet and it is not clear when the chip would be commercially available. It is likely to be used in Huawei’s upcoming flagship smartphone Ascend Mate 8.