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Did the Huawei P9 just tally an impressive multi-core score on Geekbench?

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Did the Huawei P9 just tally an impressive multi-core score on Geekbench?
Just the other day, we passed along an image that allegedly revealed the design of the upcoming Huawei P9. The design did confirm previous rumors stating that the P9 would have dual cameras on the back. It also revealed rounded corners and a home button. Previous speculation calls for the P9 to come with a 5.2-inch screen, and carry the Kirin 950 SoC. That means that the phone will have an octa-core CPU and the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. 4GB of RAM is expected inside, with Android 6.0 pre-installed. The Huawei P9 will likely feature a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.

As it turns out, an unknown Huawei handset has just been benchmarked by Geekbench. With the Kirin 950 chipset (Hi 3650) under the hood, 4GB of RAM and Android 6.0 listed, this could very well be the Huawei P9. Racking up a multi-core score of 7313, the device topped the 7037 multi-core score tallied on Geekbench by a mystery device running MediaTek's Helio X20 chipset. The latter comes with a deca-core CPU.

Huawei is the third largest global manufacturer of smartphones after Samsung and Apple. During the third quarter of 2015, Gartner measured the company's year-over-year gain in smartphone shipments at 71%, blowing away its rivals. Last year, the company released its first Nexus handset (the well received Nexus 6P) and earlier this month it had the global launch of the high-end Huawei Mate 8. The latter, which is coming to the U.S., scored an amazing 94,250 on AnTuTu

Did the Kirin 950 powered Huawei P9 rock the Geekbench multi-core benchmark test?

Did the Kirin 950 powered Huawei P9 rock the Geekbench multi-core benchmark test?


via Techlabor (translated)

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posted on 15 Jan 2016, 17:06 7

1. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


2016 is going to be a wonderful year for smartphones. All phones are gonna be fast, each OEM needs to excel at something extraordinary to make their products stand out. Speed isn't going to be the benchmark anymore.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 17:56 2

2. ibend (Posts: 4602; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah right, the year of 14nm, Cortex-A72, UFS-2, LPDDR4 became common, and we wont see successor of those coming anytime soon..
I hope OEM start improving at what people call gimmick, like dual camera, secondary screen, foldable screen, boomsound, shatterproof screen, etc :D

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 18:09 5

3. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2184; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


UFS 2.0 is good, but you will see manufacturers jump on NVMe Gen 3 this year, like Apple did on the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, and you will be impressed. I'm not sure you will see a ton of A72, since Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm are designing their own cores.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 19:03 5

4. vincelongman (Posts: 4431; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Samsung really prides themselves on their memory
I bet they were really surprised and disappointed when the 6S's NVMe with SLC+TLC beat their UFS 2.0
I'm curious to what the S7 will have
Maybe UFS 3.0?
Not yet official, but definitely in the works since UFS 2.0 is from 2013
Or NVMe with 3D (MLC or SLC+TLC) NAND?
Samsung are the leaders in 3D NAND, no one has used it in phones yet

Also Samsung's been developing an alternative to LPDDR4 with more bandwidth called WIDE I/O (memory bandwidth is very important for GPUs)
Samsung says its not ready for use in their products, will be interesting to see when it is

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 19:48 1

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2184; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


That is the kind of thing that keeps me buying so many phones. The spec sheet is interesting, but I like seeing and using the little implementations that differentiate handsets. I would be shocked if the S7 doesn't ship with some form of NVMe, but using 3D V-NAND would be pretty cool.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:35

13. vincelongman (Posts: 4431; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Personally I wouldnt be too surprised if the S7 wasnt NVMe
Apple took everyone by surprise with NVMe in the 6S
Samsung might not be ready to implement NVMe in their phones yet

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 21:56

11. Shubham412302 (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


faster nand are the reason why iPhones launches apps faster just like ssd. I think every one should use faster nands

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:29

12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2184; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It's one of the reasons, but it is rarely as clear cut as that, and there are a lot of factors that affect app opening times. It's rare that a user is opening an app with nothing else running and right after a fresh restart, as most of those tests are performed. I hate to make judgments on best case scenarios.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 03:22 1

16. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Let's be very honest here with ourselves. I have a 6s plus and besides the consistent smooth performance I don't think it opens apps drastically faster than my friends note 5. To be completely truthful my friends note 5 opens apps just as fast sometimes it opens apps much faster than my 6s plus and that's even with ufs 2.0. The issue is how optimized iOS is that's what makes it feel snappy all the time but the current Galaxy models are equally as fast.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:46 2

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4431; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Its Apple's use of NVMe and PCIe, their custom memory controller and their use of SLC and TLC NAND

Most phones have eMMC MLC NAND

In terms of NAND its SLC > MLC > TLC
SLC being the fastest and most expensive, while TLC is the slowest and cheapest

Hence why the iPhone destroys the others in sequential tests, where the controller can easily predict and use the SLC cache the most
But is slightly slower in random tests, where the controller can't predict as well and so doesnt use the SLC cache as well

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 10:01

19. epdm2be (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


The Q: "Did the Huawei P9 just tally an impressive multi-core score on Geekbench?"
The Answer: No.

There's an S6 at Geekbench-results-list with 1483 and 5017 score (single/multi resp.). And the S6 is the "bad" model with the crappy Cortex A57 CPU. :-(

As for your "hope": I hope OEM start improving at what people call gimmick.

NO please. USE COMON SENSE for god's sake. Make phones THICKER to accomodate bigger batteries, recess the (fragile) camera's and use proper (Xenon-)flashes. Use more BLACK on UI's on AMOLed equipped phones to optimize battery-life even more. This not only make the phones more usable at night without waking up everyone else around you, but also is better for your own eyes without resorting to yet-another-gimmicky-app like Flux or whatever... And stop using ridiculous high-DPI screen resolutions on 5.x" devices. My eyes go WORSE with age, not BETTER! Not to mention that the loss framerates for games and the fact that these screens spend most of their time OFF. Or do you really need UHD to text, call or whatsap? And for the record I can't put a 6" phone in my jeans without busting my balls and breaking my schtick, so stop making these damn things bigger! I find making babies more important than having a phone to show-of to snobs.

Oh and make them phone LOUDER again! My hearing also detoriates with age. Not to mention I put my phone in a lovely leather pouch which unfortunately blocks most o/t my tailor made ringtones (yes, my ringtone is the one from Superman.
Thanks for listening to us old'folk :-)

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 11:36

23. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


There's nothing wrong with GS6's A57 CPU.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 19:46

5. Tziggy14 (Posts: 443; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


Speed still matters. None of the Android phones out today are exactly iOS-level lag free yet. Even the best ones like Nexus 6P and Note 5 still have problems.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 20:45 16

7. fyah_king (Posts: 466; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Ios still lags, so stop spreading the lies.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 21:30

10. iushnt (Posts: 1700; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


It still works and works good

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 08:18 2

17. Shubham412302 (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


there is no os that does not lags

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 09:11

18. Cicero (Posts: 870; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Computers os's included.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:23

15. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


but what will be used as stand out from crowd ?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 21:25 3

9. byazatt (Posts: 269; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Lag? What lag? Maybe an obsession with the word lag.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 10:07

20. epdm2be (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


We are the knights that say: LAG!

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 09:53

22. flavius22 (Posts: 170; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)


Had the p6 2 years ago. Just after waranty expired, speaker stopped working. First 10 repair shops didnt want to change it for me because nobody has such phones in this country (Ireland). Finally someone changed it for me, worked like 3 weeks then stopped working again. Went back, repaired again, stopped working again one week later. Gave up. Lesson learned

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 15:22 1

24. shield (Posts: 294; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Kirin 960 or no?

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