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

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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28 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 944; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

2. carlemillward unregistered

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

20. AciMars

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 04, 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...

24. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

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

28. carlemillward unregistered

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

8. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

That was predictable from GFXBench scores...

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Huawei entering Samsung Korea now.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

19. AciMars

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

just for 5 minutes.... after that .... who knows... maybe 7420 lag behind... HELL YEAH THROTTLING GPU CLOCK.....

6. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

2.53ghz and scored 1710.it should have scored more

9. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

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

11. Bondurant

Posts: 773; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

2.3ghz .....see image

7. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 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

12. Bondurant

Posts: 773; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

10. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

17. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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

18. Bondurant

Posts: 773; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

22. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LOL Mali is a GPU 7420 is not

23. Bondurant

Posts: 773; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

26. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

4x1,5 < 8×1

13. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

15. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

16. Bondurant

Posts: 773; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

blah blah blah same can be said about S820.

21. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Honor 8 with 1080p and awesome performance/$ .

27. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 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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