Kirin processors will remain exclusive to both Huawei & Honor smartphones

Kirin processors will remain exclusive to both Huawei & Honor smartphones
Huawei’s Kirin processors will remain exclusive to the company’s devices. It has previously been reported that the Chinese company would begin expanding its processors across the globe via partnerships with other smartphone manufacturers in a bid to take on Samsung. Speaking at the Huawei Global Analyst Conference, however, the company has denied these reports, confirming it currently has no plans to open up its processors to other brands.

Currently, Huawei’s own processors give it a huge advantage when it comes to optimizing its smartphones. After all, the company can not only specially adapt any processors in development to market needs but also take into account the specific devices that they will be included in. Furthermore, Huawei can then also modify its own EMUI Android Skin to the processors. All of which seems to be the reason the company isn’t interested in sharing its processors with others. Instead, the Chinese brand will continue with its current strategy that sees the HiSilicon Kirin processors featured inside a wide variety of Huawei and Honor-branded smartphones. It is worth noting, however, that not all devices run Kirin processors, with Qualcomm and MediaTek chips also being included in certain lower-end devices. When it comes to premium handsets, though, it’s fair to say that Kirin chips will remain the sole power unit for the foreseeable future.

Aside from the company’s processors, the company did also mention the recent notched-display trend at the analyst conference, going on to say that it had initially thought about the idea around four years ago, but ultimately decided to stick with the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio in fear of customer backlash. Going forward, however, the company is adamant that it won’t make the same mistakes again, promising to be bolder in the future.



1. SammyFanBOY

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 29, 2018

As if anyone even wants your crappy Chinese processor. Keep it for your selves!

3. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Well over 150 million did last year, so yeah there is a bit of demand! In fact more Kirin SoC's probably hit the market than Exynos.

4. Subie

Posts: 2383; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Huawei sold over 150 million phones but how many of them were equiped with a Kirin Soc? This article suggests that some of them are powered with units from the other vendors. Samsung sold over 317 million handsets in 2017. Only the American flagships have the Snapdragons, leaving the rest of the world with Exynos if I'm not mistaken. Their mid to low end could have a mix, but even in North America many such as the A series come with exynos chips. I'd be interesting to see the exact number of Kirin vs Exynos devices sold. Yet considering that Samsung sold more then twice the amount of phones than Huawei last year, the odds are good that Exynos is the sales champ.

11. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Yeah you are correct with the exynos selling more, but my point still stands that Huawei puts out a lot of Kirin SoC,s each year. The vast majority of Huawei / Honor phones are running Kirin. Only the Y series run mediatek and the odd lite model running Qualcomm. They sell around 6 million Kirin equipped tablets per year as well. So they are more than likely putting out over 100 million Kirin units per year. Not too bad for a crappy Chinese chip that nobody wants.

12. Subie

Posts: 2383; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Its impressive how far Huawei has come with their Kirin Soc's in such a short time. If or even when they match Adreno for GPU performance, they could go from the "chip that nobody wants" to becoming the chip most sought after. Honestly I thought LG would be farther along in the Soc game by now as well...

7. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Curious...what makes them crappy in your opinion? I'm not saying they are the better option by any means, but saying they are crappy is ludicrous.

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Kirin still need alot of chip optimisation on their cpu,gpu even now.Thier gpu is weak compare to exynos, snapdragon & A chips.Cpu is slowly getting better but midrange chip are still a joke to me with poor optimisation on all cpu,gpu,ai compare to mediatek.

13. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

It's crappy because it is chinese. Don't buy anything chinese unless you want it to fail in a few weeks.

2. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Bad news for ZTE.

6. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

That's what I was thinking. It seemed logical that Kirin would be the first alternative for them, being Chinese and all, and Kirin being a better alternative than MediaTek. Maybe they can court Samsung to sell them the Exynos chips, if not, they always have MediaTek which doesn't appear to be picky about who gets their chips.

9. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

MediaTek - “When you’re all out of options”

8. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Lol good news. Chinese socs mean no updates or custom roms

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