Huawei to unveil Kirin 960 on October 19th? Chip expected to debut inside the Mate 9

Back in April, we told you that Huawei would introduce its new high end chipset, the Kirin 960, before the end of the year. And now it appears that this is going to be true. Press invitations have reportedly been sent out by Huawei for an event that will take place on October 19th. At that event, we should hear that the Kirin 960 SoC is now official. The chipset is manufactured using the 16nm process, and is rumored to include Cat. 12 integration. The latest speculation has the octa-core CPU containing Cortex-A73 cores. The first device to be powered by the Kirin 960 SoC could very well be the Huawei Mate 9.

The Kirin 950 SoC went public last November equipped with four-A72 cores sporting a maximum clock speed of 2.53GHz for heavy lifting, and four 1.8GHz A-53 cores for light housekeeping. The chipset is produced by TSMC using the 16nm FinFet process and supports LTE Cat. 6. The Huawei Mate 8 was the first handset to employ the Kirin 950 chipset. That phone was launched on December 1st.

The timeline that we expect Huawei to follow includes the introduction of the Kirin 960 SoC on October 19th, followed by the unveiling of the beastly Mate 9 on November 3rd. We've seen three different variants of the phone. One version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory will be offered in three colors for the equivalent of $480 USD-$510 USD. A version with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory will be priced at the equivalent of $585 USD, available in five different shades. The top-of-the-line model will be priced at the equivalent of $705 USD and will be equipped with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of flash memory. 

source: @Playfuldroid

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  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 1920 pixels
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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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36 Comments

1. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

2. truthwins unregistered

duh, nobody cares

3. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That's interesting! While I was reading the article though I kept thinking that it could just be their review unit that was the problem. Then the article itself alluded to that very idea. Until more independent tests are done this is just an interesting observation found on one 32gig iPhone 7. Thanks for posting that link.

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

My 7 plus is slow like the article.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Go to the comment section of that article and you will find that GSM's findings weren't due to their uint, simply Apple cutting corners to save money.

16. Nopers unregistered

It was the same with the 16GB iPhone 6S. Lower storage capacities also happen to be slower. The article never tests the 128 or 256GB iPhone 7 storage.

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I am aware that this is the same thing that has been happening but what is unacceptable about the new 32gb iPhone 7 and the new 32gb versions of the 6s and 6s plus is that someone in the comment section actually said that his new 32gb iPhone 6s plus's storage was slower than his brother's older 16gb iPhone 6s plus and that is just unadaptable. Also in the article they compare the 32gb 7 plus with 128gb iPhone 7 so idk why you say they never test it because they do. I wouldn't be surprised if the new 32gb storage is actually cheaper than the 16gb storage that is used in the older 6s models.

33. Furbal unregistered

Its on quite a few posts on Reddit. 60-70 mb reads on the 32gb version. 128gb seeing 270ish reads

11. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Interesting...anandtech in past wrote about iphone using pcie like storage/controller...which explains how smaller storage has less lanes while large storage has more lanes to transfer data...hence difference in speed.

25. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Which is why I hope this story is picked up and fleshed out by Anandtech if they have finished their review of the iphone 7/7 plus. If they're still in the process then it should be included in the review just like when they tested the Note 7 and Touchwiz.

4. RAV4CAD

Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

I like the speed performance of my mate8, although I think my ip6s+ is a bit faster. Maybe I will skip mate9 next year when it launches in my country. Be vying for the ip8+ I guess.

5. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Hopefully the Kirin 960 can keep up with the GPU performance this time as the Kirin 950 GPU was way to slow and not future proof at all.

10. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

All Kirins were like this as far as I remember. This trend has repeated enough for me to conclude they are doing it deliberately; however I'm not sure about the reason.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm sure I heard they were ready to move to 2560x1440 so they'll have a GPU you can accommodate that resolution almost

14. Novage

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

The kirin 950 had an excellent gpu. Can run every game in maximum. Dont always look at s**tty benchmarks that prove nothing (bad english sorry)

26. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

@Novage It can't. Games run smoothly but graphic settings are lower compared to more powerful competitors.

29. Novage

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

He can. You guys seriously know nothing except more gflop more gflop and more gflop. In French websites the k950 was running asphalt 8 maximum setting at 60fps and riptide gt 2 was very smooth in almost maximum setting..

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well, the GPU can run at the high frame rate for much longer at least.

7. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Can it beat last year's iPhone 6S in performance? iPhone 6s still beats most Android phones in performance.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not most but all! The 6s plus will also beat every other phone in power, except the 7 plus. For fair testing, phones with nearly same screen sizes must be compared.

8. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the will be the fastest mobile CPU next to the A10 fusion

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not really....!

24. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

is will actually , when it comes to raw power the exynos 8890 is ate 5000+ multicore , the kirin 955 is 6000+ multicore , single core though will always go to apple

27. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

8890 scores 6400 in Geekbench 3, Kirin 950 ~6100, Kirin 955 again - 6400. They're pretty much equal in multicore performance while Exynos has more powerful Mongoose cores.

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Highest multicore, as well as singlecore score is of the iPhone 7, in geekbench 4. You shouldn't be taking the scores of geekbench 3 into account. They were deemed to be inaccurate by several sources. And by the way, the singlecore score determines a chipset's true potential. As iPhone 7 is the king of both, so yeah, 'Not Really'!!

32. FluffyBled unregistered

Multicore was rather surprising for the Apple A10. It's as if apple is thinking about adding multitasking to their phones! That again should wait a few years since older models wouldn't be the best at it!

35. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the kirin 950 scores 5300 in multicore in geekbench 4 thats as high as the a10 i think

36. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

A10 scores about 5500. And as far as I remember the kirin 955 even, scores nearly 5200.

12. RAV4CAD

Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

In the same way that kirin950 is next to A9.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The snapdragon 821 is better than kirin 950 and 955. But all three still lose to the A9 in raw power.

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