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Kirin 950 chipset is official; big.LITTLE design brings quad-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex A-53 inside

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Kirin 950 chipset is official; big.LITTLE design brings quad-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex A-53 inside
Huawei has finally revealed the specs of its high end Kirin 950 chipset. Earlier this week, a GFXBench benchmark test hinted that the chip would offer eight Cortex A-72 cores. But as it turns out, the Kirin 950 uses the big. LITTLE architecture and carries four A-72 cores running as fast as 2.53GHz, for the tough jobs. Four A-53 cores have a maximum clock speed of 1.8GHz, and take care of the light housekeeping. A small i5 co-processor is included, and is "always sensing."

The Kirin 950 is produced using the 16nm FinFET process by TSMC. It features the Mali-T880MP4 GPU, and includes an LTE Cat.6 enabled modem. VoLTE support has been added, a function that will be added to some of Kirin's older chips as well. The chipset also brings an improvement to the quality of voice calls and music.

Earlier today, we showed you the results of a GFXBench benchmark test in which the Kirin 950 SoC topped the Exynos 7420. Huawei's chip scored 1710 in single-core mode, and 6245 in multi-core. The Exynos 7420, which powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung's other high-end Galaxy phones, tallied a 1486 single-core score along with 4970 for its multi-core result.

The Huawei Mate 8 is expected to be the first handset to be powered by the Kirin 950. A teaser recently surfaced showing a November 26th unveiling date for the top-shelf phone.

Kirin 950 revealed by Huawei

Kirin 950 revealed by Huawei


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source: AndroidCentral

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posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:10 10

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 888; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Was hoping for MP6. Kinds of disappointed but let's see how it performs.

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:16 3

2. carlemillward (unregistered)


Mediatek and Huawei never cross 4 clusters, that is Samsung's territory. It's still decent though

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 02:38

20. AciMars (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


because they want consistent gpu performance like Apple Chip did..

samsung chip MP6 on Exynos 5433 and MP8 on Exynos 7420 throttle like a hell.. drop almost 50% after 5-10 minutes heavy gaming...

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 05:49

24. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Wow, they got me thinking that they use overclocked lower core implementations to save on SoC space. Thanks for getting me out of my error! \s

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 07:36

25. marorun (Posts: 3912; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


50% on the 5433 yes.
40% only on the 7420.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 17:04

28. carlemillward (unregistered)


Update: This chipset does not allow phones to record 4K video.

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:40 1

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


That was predictable from GFXBench scores...

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:21

3. zeeBomb (Posts: 2139; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Huawei entering Samsung Korea now.

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:24

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 2139; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


All I'm "Kirin" about is that which smartphone will use this first?

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:27 11

5. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It's a shame that GPU won't even match the Exynos 7420.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 02:35 2

19. AciMars (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


just for 5 minutes.... after that .... who knows... maybe 7420 lag behind...

HELL YEAH THROTTLING GPU CLOCK.....

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:27 1

6. Quduz (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Aug 2015)


2.53ghz and scored 1710.it should have scored more

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:41 1

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


It's clocked at 2,3GHz not 2,5.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 00:16 1

11. Bondurant (Posts: 436; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


2.3ghz .....see image

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 23:36 4

7. Sidewinder (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


And soon the next iteration of Exynos will take the crown without a fight.. We're comparing a a57 cores with a72. Samsung will simply blow everyone's minds when they introduce the Exynos with the a72 cores

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 00:20 4

12. Bondurant (Posts: 436; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Doesn't matter. Its not like Huawei was attempting to beat Samsung's next chip.. What matters is that when for last two years everyone mocked Huawei's chipset and complained to ditch it altogether, yet Huawei invested a lot and now they are there on top along with Samsung and Apple manufacturing own high end chips for their phones.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 00:14 4

10. lpratas (Posts: 353; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


The graphics of Kirin 950 have the performance, more or less, of the graphics of Exynos 5433.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 02:01

17. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


I hope it would be more, but I doubt it would touch 7420. Maybe somewhere it between 5433 -> 7420. Poor actually.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 02:21

18. Bondurant (Posts: 436; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Mali 880 > 7420. And more graphic cores while increasing performance (unused performance) will eat up battery as well.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 03:28 2

22. Zack_2014 (Posts: 380; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


LOL Mali is a GPU 7420 is not

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 03:51

23. Bondurant (Posts: 436; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


oh my ill break it down for you Mali 880> Mali 760.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 08:44 1

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


4x1,5 < 8×1

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 00:21 2

13. lpratas (Posts: 353; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Well, if the screen of Mate 8 is FHD, the graphic performance is not bad even is very reasonable

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 00:37 1

14. vuyonc (Posts: 1023; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


960 MP/s ISP is a tad underwhelming by today's standards. Mate 8 better be cheap.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 00:43 2

15. OdysseasP (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)


You should have compared the Huawei Kirin 950 with the successor of the Samsung Exynos 7420 which most reports indicate that it will be announced in two months time, approximately some time in January 2016, when the successor of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be announced. The Samsung Exynos 7420 is at the end of its product life cycle as a top SoC, while the Huawei Kirin 950 has just been announced. If a SoC which has just been announced couldn't win even by a small margin in the performance benchamrks a SoC that is in the market for more than half a year, then it would be a complete failure. In addition, traditionally the GPU of the top Huawei Kirin SoC has been clearly inferior to what the top Samsung Exynos SoC offered.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 01:37

16. Bondurant (Posts: 436; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


blah blah blah same can be said about S820.

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 03:19

21. plasteek (Posts: 134; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)


Honor 8 with 1080p and awesome performance/$ .

posted on 05 Nov 2015, 11:49

27. Macready (Posts: 1133; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


The fastest (not overclocked, SM-N920i) Note 5 scores 6527 multicore in Geekbench, the fastest single core score for that 7420 SoC is 1711.

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