The Huawei Kirin 950 SoC went beast mode in its GFXBench benchmark, faster than Exynos 7420

The Huawei Kirin 950 SoC went beast mode in its GFXBench benchmark, faster than Exynos 7420
In the leaks news today, we have a GeekBench leak showing the benchmark result of an NXT-AL10 smartphone, allegedly the Huawei Mate 8. The Chinese telecom's upcoming phablet is expected to be powered by HiSilicon (fully owned by Huawei)'s Kirin 950 processor, and if that turns out to be true, and the benchmark result is right, then this chipset screams! It posted a result of 1710 points on single-core performance and 6245 points on multi-core performance!

By the looks of it, the Kirin 950 overpowers the Exynos 7420 running in Samsung's latest and greatest smartphones by a fair margin, as that one amassed about 1486 single-core points and 4970 multi-core points. This is pretty good, especially considering Kirin chipsets' reputation for prioritizing power efficiency over sheer performance and delivering somewhat less than expected. However, Huawei's new battlebeast ranks up right there with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC, setting itself up to remain a competitive chipset throughout 2016.

However, Samsung may have another thing coming with its Exynos "M1" chipset, featuring custom-designed cores and very impressive benchmark results. We've seen it (well, not officially) rack up 2294 points in single-core performance (running at 2.3GHz) and 1710 in single-core performance when in Power Saving mode. What, so Samsung's new chip is as fast as the competition's when it's cut its power by half? Could be, could be not. Time will tell!

As for the Huawei Mate 8, the smartphone is reportedly primed for launch this month and is stuffed to the brim with top-shelf hardware! It is rumored to have a 6-inch 1440p resolution display, a 20.7MP main camera, an 8MP front side camera, and a battery larger than 4000mAh.

source: Primate Labs via GSMArena

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35 Comments

1. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Now watch as people come downplay it as usual or bring up future Samsung chips when the article is only talking about the 950 and 7420.

2. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

It is only logical that a newer chip would be better than an older one...the 7420 has had a good run..it isnt going to stay top dog forever

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly. It's 8 months old already.

3. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

There are many Samsung paid trolls on this site. So they definitely are coming.

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Please prove that they are paid... Would love to see the proof for folks on this site

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Did you noticed how he got instant upvote? lol

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Please, if the Samsung trolls on this site were paid they would at least bother to use proper English more than 5% of the time.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

get paid for trolling here? that will be my dream job.. where can i apply for it?

14. carlemillward unregistered

WAIT! People get paid to comment on this site? I didn't get the memo. In all fairness, it is inevitable as people still have deep concerns regarding Chinese stuff.

24. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

As the CPU uses the all new amd design this is easy going to happen, there is no big deal that a CPU that came out in the s6 all that time ago, is at this time not got any better CPUs going that better than it and this CPU will be but it's not out, oh way, crap me, so way after 6 moths a CPU is going. To to kill it, oh yes they got a win there, hm nope as the m1 will kill that even faster, The win goes to the time it was the best CPU for and the 7420 as changed the game this year

26. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The only problem with the Kirin 950 is that it'll come to market when the Samsung M1 is released.. By that stage the 950 is old tech already, and there are no battery life indicators either, so it could have been an overclocked for benchmarks setup to get those results. On a positive note, we are getting more options in the high end CPU game.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? I have yet to see a penny. We know Apple Fanbois get paid because most of them write PA, Engadget and other blog site article. Many of them post to start flames wars and as usual, fans fall for it. Look at all the likes you got. I bet all the clicks are from Apple Fans. I wish Samsung was paying me to speak for them.

8. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I'll give credit where it's due.. Huawei being a relatively amateur in Soc world is really doing excellent as the future starting with its kirin 950 will be bright and competition always a good thing coz consumers will have diversity, options and greater choices.. On the hand other oems will not be at comfort zone.. As they will try churn out even beast socs

10. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Wait until their SoC's are fabbed at intel 14nm.

19. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

If PA keeps on making such silly mistakes, no need for Samsung fans to say anything. Article is about Geekbenchm but article title says GFXBench. What more you need to say? hah! And as for power of the SOC, it's A72 where as 7420 uses A57. Doesn't take a genius to understand which one is more powerful. But for mere simple-minded folks like you, trolling might be something you do in every article.

27. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

WELL SAID!!!! wish I could give you +100 for that

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Using the A72 cores eh?

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So? Are you excited that a new chip can beat an 8 month old chipset? Yes the next Samsung chipset is only a month or 2 away. Big difference with chipset coming out on a device in the same quarter or next after vs nearly 3 quarters later.

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Software needs to catch up to the chip power... As of right now the 7420 is literally more than enough

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

That multi-core is crazy

11. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

It is, put benchmarks put an artificial load on the phone, a load majority of people won't ever reach in real world use so it's pretty on paper, but that's it. I think they should focus on single core since a little over 80% of all apps on playstore only run single core or they should do like QC and develop software that forces the load to be split into several cores to make use of the multicore power.

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

you are wrong there. in fact its more 20% of apps run single core and those are old apps. Most new apps use multicore automatically. there was an article about this here in the past.

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lol wut? Pretty much all apps that support Android 3.0+ use multiple cores. http://developer.android.com/training/multiple-threads/index.html Btw do a test on your own android device. Enable dev options and turn on Show CPU info. You will see how many cores apps/games use.

23. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

This was false a whopping 4 and a half years ago and even more false today. My S2 would already run both cores most of the time when not idle. Even when apps weren't designed to use multiple cores, the Linux kernel divides tasks and currently even splits single tasks.

28. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

May be he believed what Apple said..

12. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Computer technology changes so quickly that 6 months is a huge amount of time. Comparisons about who's SOC is better are only truly fair if the chips are released at the same time. Lets just be glad that the competition is fierce in this regard. Who would have thought 6 or 7 years ago that their phone might be their only computer!

15. carlemillward unregistered

Props to Huawei, they should actually add a Beast mode to the power settings. I just hope the apps use this chip properly and run buttery smooth. Else it is just for show and tell.

17. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Ohh knew this chip would do good.

21. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Competition is always good and then bring something to the world that Android better, I hope that through this competition ship. Snapdragon get to work or selling batteries. The business of ship rivals are strong and have no mercy and put some power to their ship

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Glad to see the chip competition rising...maybe it'll push Intel into making a battery efficient chip.

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