Kirin 960 powered Huawei Mate 9 to be released by the end of the year?

Kirin 960 powered Huawei Mate 9 to be released by the end of the year?
According to analyst Pan Jiutang, we could see the Huawei Mate 9 released before the end of this year. Jiutang says that the phone will be powered by a new high-end chipset designed by Huawei, the Kirin 960. The chipset will be produced using the 16nm process. The CPU will use ARM's next generation Artemis cores, and the SoC will be equipped with an octa-core GPU. The chip will support LTE Cat.12 connectivity and CDMA networks.

The Huawei P9 was recently launched with a dual camera setup. One 12MP snapper takes color shots, while the other shoots in monochrome. The second camera helps provide more accurate lighting information to help take better shots, and also snaps black and white photos. According to Jiutang, the Mate 9 will also feature a dual camera set up, but those cameras will come with 20MP sensors.

Other specs, including information about the screen, RAM and native storage, are left to our imagination for the time being. Considering that this phone might not be released for some time, there is plenty of opportunity for some leaks to surface in the future.

Huawei has said that it will be releasing a flagship phone for the U.S. later this year. While many have figured that this would be the Huawei P9, perhaps it will be the Mate 9 heading to the states instead.

source: MyDrivers (translated) via Mobipicker



1. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

MP8.. Welcome to 2015 Huawei. Atleast they are catchin up.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Rumors are that its a 8 cluster PowerVR 7XT GPU Which is bigger than the A9's 6 cluster PowerVR 7XT GPU That plus 10nm, means it would likely perform better or similar than the 8890's T880 MP12 and 820's GPU So more like welcome to 2016, it will still be behind the 2017 flagships But not really a bad thing if they continue to price it similar to the 600 series

6. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I think you may confused it with Helio X30. Helio X10 and X20 has a similar costs with Snapdragon 615 and 652 respectively. Helio X30 gonna be manufactured 10nm and will have PowerVR 7XT 4 cluster as well I know. Huawei doesn't sell its chips. It will be manufactured at 16nm.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

We don't know the price of the X30, hence why I said "if they continue" It seems like a direct successor to the X20 Although I wouldn't be surprised if there was a minor price bump due to 10nm But I'd expect it to still be priced under Qualcomm's and Samsung's 2017 flagships

12. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014


8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

by the end of the year, qualcomm already releasing their SD830, and exynos comeout early next year.. at least they should make it power efficient and have great SoT since its their homegrown chips, that way they still have some hope to battle with other flagships

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Seems like the Qualcomm's Q3 flagship is the 823, supposedly the 820 with better clocks due to 14LPP maturing That's probably similar to where this one's GPU performs Hence welcome to 2016 (not 2017) MediaTek are trying to power efficiency with the tri cluster CPU Seems like a decent idea in theory I'm interested to see if it actually work in actual usage

2. Aquarius

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Huawei Mate 8 is already great phone. I love Huawei...

3. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

The same guy also said that Snapdragon 830 will have 8 cores of Kryo and Cat. 16 LTE modem at same Weibo post. You have reported what he said about Helio X30 and Kirin 960.

5. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Actually He said 'SD 830 may come with 8 cores' It's not fully finalised yet . But Kirin 960 and MT X30 almost certain about it . SD 810 struggled with 8 cores with heating problem . 830 will have to cope with heating problem and also battery life . Unless that it won't be done by Qualqamm.

7. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Cortex-A57 are too power hungry. It wasn't about being octacore IMO. I think they can do an octacore Kyo such as 2 higher clocked cores (than SD820) + 6 lower clocked cores (even lower than the SD820) with the help of 10nm. Assuming they don't have a whole new architechture and they will go on with overclocked (maybe little improved) Kryo just like they did with the Krait, making an octacore Kryo is only way to compete against octacore big.LITTLE chips.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, A53 octacore inside SD616 is really cool.. exynos8990 also didnt heat that much (yeah it still throttle if it forced too, but only get warm).. what about 2 small core and 6 higher core? lol

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I wonder if Qualcomm will use a tri cluster design next year e.g. 2x "Kryo HP" + 2x "Kryo LP" + 4x A35 AnandTech said the power consumption of one "Kryo LP" is still far higher than one A53 Also since it seems ARM's Artemis cores are coming next year, I wonder if Qualcomm will still use Kryo or if they will use Artemis, or if there will be a Kryo 2.0 with improvements from Artemis

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