Just as promised, Huawei reveals its latest mobile chipset – the Kirin 950. The silicon in question has been causing a lot of attention with leaked specs and benchmark scores which includes promising industry-leading performance.
Seems like that the rumor mill got everything right and there’s no surprises in the hardware. The Kirin 950 is an impressive chip, built using a 16nm FinFET process and utilizes flip transistors. The latter entails manufacturing transistors vertically rather than just horizontally, which means less power consumption. So, Huawei promises a 40% increase in performance and 60% in reducing power needs.
Inside, the Kirin 950, it’s an octa-core CPU, using four high-power Cortex-A72 cores, clocked above 2.53 ones, working at 1.8 GHz. They’re set in a big.LITTLE setup, which reveals a lot of flexibility between power and battery consumption on the fly. The Kirin 950 also has a little i5 co-processor, which is always on and assists the mobile to stay constantly aware of its surroundings by monitoring several sensors. Comparing to the second-generation i3 chip it’s a huge improvement with power usage brought down from 90 mA to 6.5mA.
In the graphics department, the Kirin 950 reveals a great promises. It’s equipped with a high end Mali T880MP4 GPU, which performance is said to be twice better, compared to the Mali T880 inside the Kirin 930. It’s network connectivity is covered by a Cat.6 LTE, which voice calls should also benefit from, considering Huawei’s new push towards VoLTE. The technology reportedly doubles the audio frequency power and distinguish slashes latency.
Still, it’s too eraly to expect proper perfomance for the Kirin 950, mostly before it really appears in an end-user device. Still Huawei did expose a stellar test score of nearly 83 000 points on AnTuTu with a demo equipment. That’s the most high we’ve seen from any device so far and means that the new Huawei Mate 8 will have some proper power underneath its hood.