Huawei's New Chipset May Worry its Competition

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is gradually gaining traction in the west, and it’s latest chipset may just provide its competitors with a little cause for concern.

Huawei dominates the mobile market in its native land, but also recently teamed up with Google to produce the Nexus 6P (pictured above) and by some reports is the second largest Android brand in Europe.

So its new chipset, announced today as the Kirin 950 and outlined by Engadget, may ruffle a few feathers. The slab of silicon uses the same TSMC transistor technology as Apple’s A9 chips – one of few devices to do so. These chips use 16 nanometre FinFET transistors to increase the density of computation and reduce power consumption.

In terms of processors, the Kirin 950 is home to eight cores: four of the fast Cortex-A72 processors and four of the lower-powered Cortex-A53. There’s also dedicated graphics processing in the shape of ARM’s flagship Mali-T880 GPU. Elsewhere, reports Engadget, there’s a suite of sensors that’s claimed to be 90 per cent more efficient than previous offerings, a lower-power radio chip, reported 60fps video rendering at virtually all times, and the use of LPDDR4 RAM. It promises to be pretty zippy.

The chipset will find its way into the forthcoming Huawei Mate 8, which is scheduled for launch on November 26th. Obviously a phone’s success is determined by more than just its chipset — but this at least gives the competition something to think about. [Engadget]