Huawei's Kirin 960 chipset, expected to power the Mate 9, has been unveiled

Huawei's Kirin 960 chipset, expected to power the Mate 9, has been unveiled
Huawei's new top-of-the-line chipset, the Kirin 960, has been unveiled Wednesday morning in China. The big.LITTLE architecture is used here with four high powered Cortex-A73 cores and four lower powered Cortex-A53 cores. The chip also features the Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. Compared to the Kirin 950, the new chipset achieves a 15% CPU efficiency improvement. The GPU efficiency is hiked by 20% with a 180% improvement in graphics performance.

The Kirin 960 SoC supports LPDDR4 RAM, and the modem supports LTE Cat. 12/13. This means that download speeds up to 600Mbps, and upload speeds of 150Mbps can be handled by the Kirin 960. The chipset supports CDMA and radio frequencies ranging between 330MHz to 3.8GHz. The chip is built by TSMC using the 16nm FinFET process.

The slideshow shows off a series of slides that reveal how the Kirin 960 chipset measures up to the competition in benchmark tests. On GFXBench, the Kirin 960 is second to the Apple A10 chipset. On Geekbench, the Kirin 960 was second to the A10 in the single-core test, but topped all chips in the multi-core test. Other tests showed the Kirin 960 topping all of its rivals.

We should see the Kirin 960 make its debut with the Huawei Mate 9. The high-end Android-flavored handset is expected to be unveiled on November 3rd.

via Playfuldroid



1. NoAllegiance unregistered

Finally they took note of GPU also!

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

I wonder if it will have 4K recording support this time?

15. Kumar123 unregistered

Yes, it has have 4K recording support this time. I just checked anandtech.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Thats what I call EFFICIENCY

4. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Finally a good gpu. Well done Huawei. Lets hope Mediatek follows.

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Well done ARM too.

5. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

As good as this SOC is, it also shows whats coming in for next year in terms of GPU performance. If Samsung puts 12/16 (then can put up to 32) in there SOC with die shrink to 10nm from 16nm, it will blow competition out of water.

7. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Its not about RAW power, and all these number fools people. It's how you access this power by the OS. For example in SD821 we have the most powerful DSP Hexagon 680 where Google pixel access it to implement HDR+ and software stabilization and the result SUPER FAST with low power consumption.

8. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It's about both actually.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The 8895 (or whatever it will be called) will have at least MP12 and we can see that the G71 provides 90% per core improvements to performance so all in all, the Exynos variant's GPU should be more powerful than the iPad pro's GPU

10. Harambe unregistered

This is gonna be hard to beat in performance. Huawei devices are already the fastest devices on android side, and this is going to widen the gap. I'm worried Samsung and Qualcomm may not catch up.

18. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Why would it be hard? Samsung going to do die shrink, they will use similar cpu cores (samsung might go for improved custom cores) and may be put more cores of gpu mp16 perhaps, being on 10nm then can overclick a little compared to this 16 nm SOC. Overall performance will be better by 10-50% IMO.

19. Harambe unregistered

The GPU should be easy for Samsung or Qualcomm, but the CPU is gonna be hard. Huawei goes full on custom software for vertical integration like the kind of stuff only Apple does. As a result, the kirin 950/955 perform much better than the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 despite having slower storage and similar CPU power. Don't believe me. See this: Huawei honor 8 is almost twice as fast as other android flagships in terms of app opening speed. Now either Qualcomm or Samsung are doing something very wrong or Huawei is doing something very right. If done an app opening speed test, the honor 8 would even beat the iPhone 7 handily without breaking a sweat.

20. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Ohh, that's pretty amazing results, Huawei is definitely doing something right. Opening apps is not only performance measure though, does it performs this well in running apps/games as well?(asking since I don't have much experience with Huawei)

21. Harambe unregistered

Running apps is dependent on raw power. So I don't think so.

11. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

most likely will not be on Mate 9

17. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

All leaks says that this SoC will be found on Mate 9

12. redmd

Posts: 1949; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Huawei is 1 year late. It's almost the same performance as current Exynos and Qualcomm chipsets CPU + GPU wise. In 2017 Samsung and Qualcomm will out with new chipsets.

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

But this time the gap is much closer

14. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Its the new ufs that unvealed early this year by samsung , interresting

16. iPhoneBolt

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

So the A10 is the slowest in read/write,perfect! Couldn't expect more from the fastest mobile chipset in the world. I wonder how worse could the A10X be?

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