An almost-full specs sheet of Huawei's upcoming 64-bit Kirin 950 chipset pops up

An almost-full specs sheet of Huawei's upcoming 64-bit Kirin 950 chipset pops up
Huawei has long ago joined the ranks of Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung, as it has its very own chipset portfolio, mostly used in some of its smartphones. Various representatives of Huawei's Kirin line of silicon chips can be found in devices like the Huawei P8 and the Huawei Ascend Mate7, which donned the Kirn 930 and the Kirin 925, respectively.

We've already heard that Huawei has plans for a Kirin 950 SoC a few months ago; we also heard something something about its probably specs. Today we have a pretty extensive leak that gives us the whole bushel about the China-based maker's next Kirin powerhouse.

It seems we will be dealing with a 64-bit octa-core chipset that comprises four Cortex-A53 cores and another quartet of Cortex-A72 ones. The Kirin 950 will be able to get a clock rate of up to 2.4GHz. Am ARM Mali T880 unit will be responsible for graphics processing.

But that's not all - the chipset also seemingly comes with a dedicated DSP audio co-processor, a Tensilica Hi-Fi 4 DSP, which will probably woo audiophiles. Another co-processor, an i7, will act as a sensor, connectivity, and security hub, working in the octa-core heart's stead.

In the meantime, the chipset will also support dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM, UFS 2.0, and eMMC 5.1 storage, which are all among the latest and greatest in their respective fields. The Kirin 950 will also supports up to 42MP camera units. Category 10 LTE will probably also be a part of the feature mix, and so will be USB 3.0 & Bluetooth 4.2.

There's no definite timeline on when the Kirin 950 will get launched, though we suppose it might debut alongside Huawei's next high-end smartphone later this year (probably the Mate 8?). 

source: Mobile Dad (translated) via AndroidHeadlines



1. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Can we please talk about '64-but' 'chupset'? Was this even looked at before being posted? That a serious lapse in editorial judgement.

3. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

I kinda like it :D

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

64 but chupset sounds amazing, I think it will be a revolutionary technology... I hope Samsung, qualcomm and apple will soon adopt this butset technology :D

38. waddup121 unregistered

this is kinda cool!

42. Simona unregistered

U ar D-Head ar u

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

I hope they put at least 6 shader cores of T880 there. The current Kirin chips are disappointing in graphic performance.

17. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

I wonder if (outside of heavy gaming) that even makes a difference for 99% of those out there who don't play 3D games in QHD displays. Does Android ever tap into any of that power? Will it ever, in the current obsolescence of a chipset (2-3 years)?

22. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It really makes a difference even with FHD display. Flagships are supposed to play games smoothly.

31. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

When you pay a lot for sth then yeah it suppose to run games well but QHD is completely useless and unnecessary.

20. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Nope, 4 cores.

21. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I doubt the leak precisely because of sthe T880 part. The sensible choice for mobile is the T860 with only 2 arithmetic pipes and not the T880 which is excesively ALU oriented. I would expect to be the former that dominates on mobile and the T880 to be used only in GPU centric devices (consoles, may be Android TVs or home theaters) whose power requirements are not that constrained as in mobile.

24. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess mediatek X20 is using T880 too.

29. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Then I eat my words, because if Mediatek is really using the T880 I'm sure Huawei will do the same. But as far as I know in both cases it is just a rumor.

32. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Elephone p9000 will be announced in October, so we would see. But I think it should be for phone as well since it was designed to be manufactured on 16nm, for TV or home theater, 28nm is well and good. Also being 1.8x powerful than T860 and 40% efficient at same workload will make it approx same power hungry as T760.

52. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

If you refer to ARM sentence here: Sorry to damage your dream, but ARM never said you can get both at the same time. In other words: it will be 40% more effciente at the same workload (same performance) OR have 1.8x the performance. ARM (and most of the OEMs) always use that trick when a new architecture comes out. The issue at hand is one assumption that you make: that performance and power comsumption are linear. They are not, power comsumption grows much more with frequency than performance, therefore the T880 will be a monster that can hardly be used in mobile. I´m sure some will use it just for marketing pourposes, but they won´t be doing any favor to the customers, trust me on that.

34. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

You're missing a point that Mali T760 right now is ALU-limited (MP6 in texturing is already better than Adreno 420 but looses when it comes to ALU-heavy loads). But right now neither Mali T760MP6 nor Adreno 420 can give satisfactory texturing speed for 2K screens and that's why Mali T860MP8 or even MP6 is way better than T880MP4.

39. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

@alex3run Won't mali T880MP8 would be even better than T860MP8?

47. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I can´t really agree that Mali T760 is ALU-limited, unless the only thing you care in the world is the GFXBench. GFXBench is well known as a BENCHMARK that pushes the shaders to the limit. I doubt there are real games that do that, most likely they are limited in textures and pixel output even at 1080p before they are on shaders. Therefore I would much gladly see a T860MP8 than a T880MP6, as the first one will be the real performer in most of the cases. That´s the main point of my comment, so I don´t think I´m really missing anything unless all you care is bragging rights.

48. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Has any mobile chip ever used a 8 Core Mali GPU ? If not, then less likely Huawei would be.

49. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yes galaxy S6, T760MP8.

50. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

I wouldn't say that Mali T760 is sometimes ALU-limited if I wouldn't have found the games where this weakness is visible. I don't care about the benchmarks but I made some gaming tests of both Note 4 versions (this tests can be found on 4pda forum if you're interested) after which I came to some conclusions about pros and cons of both GPUs. But yeah, in most cases both GPUs are texture-limited and Mali handles such scenes better. That's why I agee that T860MP8 is really better than T880MP6.

51. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I came to the same conclussion from a more theoretical point of view, based on the Anandtech and Tom´s hardware reviews for the Exynos 7420 and the Galaxy S6. So I would appreciate if you can post a link to your tests to see what games are limited and have some more information.

55. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014 I came to conclusion that BMW Drift or CarX give a quite heavy pixel and texturing load (a lot of smoke in the frame which noticeably drops framerate). Also there is Truck Driver 3D game which, as I suppose, stresses ALUs very much (particularly waterfalls give such a load).

23. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yes. I guess T880 will improve much on GPU performance.

28. ryd3r

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Just because gpu benchmarks dont look promising, it doesnt mean that games or videos will not work fine. As an honor 6 user I can say that even the most demanding games work fine, at a decent framerate and no lag

44. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

T880MP4 is definitely the max they will put in, they like to cut cost on their SOCs.

4. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

?nm technology? 20nm or 16nm?

8. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

16nm, see China source link.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"64 but chupset"? Is it the next big thing?


Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 05, 2015

It's huawei chinese tech n runs androiddddd! yeah expect it to fry ur balls

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