Huawei's new Kirin 950 processor promises a blistering 100% performance improvement

AndroidPIT Kirin 950 architecture
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During a media briefing in Beijing today, at which AndroidPIT was present, the new Kirin 950 chipset was unveiled, the CPU suspected to power the upcoming Huawei Mate 8. In the west, HiSilicon, Huawei’s in-house semiconductor division, is relatively unknown, but more than half of the 4G+ connections in China are using Kirin chipsets. The Kirin 950 offers a 100 percent performance improvement over the Kirin 925, which powered the Huawei Mate 7.

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The Kirin 950 is an octa-core chipset utilizing ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, comprising four high performance cores and four low energy cores for less demanding tasks. The Kirin 950 is the first commercially available chipset to deliver the new ARM Cortex A72 cores, clocked at 2.3 GHz, and bundles the Mali-T880 GPU and an i5 co-processor. The Kirin 950 is VoLTE ready and is made using the 16 nm FinFET Plus process.

AndroidPIT Kirin processor family
Kirin chipsets power the current lineup of Huawei and Honor devices. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung is already using the 14 nm process (lower is better) on its Exynos 7420 chip and the Snapdragon 810 is made using the 20 nm process, but the Kirin 950 is claiming to outperform them both by as much as 25 percent. Compared to previous Kirin chipsets, the Kirin 950 has increased performance by 40 percent and reduced power consumption by 60 percent.

AndroidPIT Kirin 950 vs Exynos 7420 vs Snapdragon 810 performance
From left to right: Snapdragon 810, Exynos 7420 and Kirin 950. / © ANDROIDPIT

Without a device in which to test the Kirin 950 it’s hard to comment on its performance, but the numbers certainly look impressive. With Samsung working on an updated Exynos chipset for the Galaxy S7 and Qualcomm digging deep to improve on the disastrous Snapdragon 810 overheating fiasco, the pressure is on. The Kirin 950 may not be coming to a phone near you anytime soon, but it may just be the highest performing chipset in the world.

AndroidPIT Huawei Kirin 950 AnTuTu benchmark
Posting an AnTuTu benchmark score of 83,000 is no mean feat. / © ANDROIDPIT

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  • Francesco V. Nov 5, 2015 Link to comment

    Exactly as for Windows 10, which jeopardize cpu power efficiency by continously using antennas on otherwise excellent laptops, one of the major problems with modern mobile devices goes beyond the processor efficiency. Hoping that Android 6.0 will put continuous background use of antennas to a rest, thanks to the Doze system, it is clear that the bottleneck resides in the software ability to comply with more stringent rules.
    That said, it's extremely exciting to observe at which point a company with less overhead costs than others (Huawei) can push technology up and devices prices down.