Huawei teases the Kirin 960 SoC; high powered chipset is expected to debut on the Mate 9

Huawei teases the Kirin 960 SoC; high powered chipset is expected to debut on the Mate 9
A bit more than a week ago, Huawei introduced its new top-of-the-line Kirin 960 chipset. Four high-powered Cortex-A73 cores handle the tough jobs, while the four Cortex-A53 cores take care of the light housekeeping. The Mali-G71 MP8 GPU handles graphics. The chip should debut on November 3rd. That is the date when the Huawei Mate 9 is expected to be unveiled, and the new flagship handset will be powered by the Kirin 960 SoC.

Today, Huawei posted on Twitter a video teaser for the Kirin 960 chipset. The video says that the Kirin 960 brings an 18% increase in CPU performance over the Kirin 950, and a 180% increase in GPU experience over the previous flagship chip.

So how does all of this confirm that the Mate 9 will be packing the Kirin 960 SoC? Simple. We know that Huawei will unveil a new flagship phone on November 3rd. The odds strongly favor this being the Huawei Mate 9. A teaser posted earlier this week by the manufacturer links the phrase "A Step Ahead" to the November 3rd event. On today's tweet about the Kirin 960, Huawei uses a hashtag that reads #aStepAhead; you don't have to be a detective to see how this pretty much clinches the inclusion of the new chipset inside the Mate 9. All of these images can be found inside the slideshow.


source: @HuaweiMobile via Playfuldroid

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Mate 9
  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2400 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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23 Comments

1. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

dat GPU performance

12. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

They doubled the cores from T880MP4 to G71MP8, I was expecting more than 180%, because as per ARM the G71 itself has 1.8x (180%) performance of T880.

13. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Actually, the difference in performance is 180%, so G71MP8 is 2.8x faster than T880MP4.

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yep, that's correct. 180% increase means 2.8x faster, so per core 40% faster. As ARM promised. That's a pretty good bump (2.8x) then.

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I believe ARM said its 40% per core over T880 under same conditions.

17. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yes, I guess, I read 80% somewhere else. I guess it was about T880MP12 and G71MP16, so 80% was right there.

2. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Lets wait and see. Anyone can claim anything.

3. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

wao awesome :D might be pretty expensive as well :D

4. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

I'll believe it when I see it

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

4xA73@2.4ghz + 4xA53@1.8ghz, LPDDR4@1800, Mali G71MP8. 4K@30fps recording. They claim it's a bit faster CPU wise and much faster in the GPU section than the SD821. If they can get it through the 10nm fab then this is quite a huge leap for them. The 830 is a little delayed so they may actually end up in some flagship phones in the US.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its on 16nm from TSMC. SD830 and Exynos 8895 will be faster but this time Kirin is much closer compared to previous years.

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You have a source? I just read that they hadn't announced that. Even if it is 16nm, that really isn't bad. TSMC certainly needs the business. 8895 will be solid but the 830 doesn't have a concrete release date. If it is an octo-core like rumors suggest the 830 is going to murder the competition. Also. This is my 1000th comment. Do I get a prize Phonearena?

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10766/huawei-announces-hisilicon-kirin-960-a73-g71 Yep Kirin 960 is really good and I am really impressed that they went with higher cores on GPU.

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I had read it before but was looking for 16nm or 10nm. 16FFC through me off. That's pretty awesome. 16FFC should be pretty competitive.

19. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

10nm is a ways off

23. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

through?... c'mon. Now I can't edit it.

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I really hope it will have IP68 and a great screen to be a perfect Note 7 replacement. This will definately be my next phone if so.

10. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

That GPU and Data transfer speed are sufficient to shoot up the benchmark scores. The CPU scores always on top but let down overall by these two.

15. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Hey tirion so this kirin 960 it is onnpar with a 10 and some fields or will outperforms the latest and greatest from apple @lla iphonearena style

18. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Kirin 960 is still behind A10 fusion in both cpu and gpu , even huawei admit it in the presentation

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Not when you take in the throttling GPU on A10. It gets even worse than SD820.

20. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Kirin has a long ways to go to catch up with apple let along Samsung or sd

21. davthom123

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

but kirin is probably the best soc at maintaining steady fps without too much throttling

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