According to a report from Chinese media Mobile Dad, this year's purported Huawei-made Nexus smartphone could feature a HiSilicon chip in place of Qualcomm silicon. Fully owned by Huawei, HiSilicon is China's number one integrated circuit design company, and the chip in question is the Kirin 930 - its top-tier product, which will (reportedly) power Huawei's upcoming flagship smartphone, the Ascend P8. Set to launch in April, this model could turn out to be our first glimpse of what the Nexus 7 will become in terms of design ideas and raw horsepower.
Now, back to the CPU. The Kirin 930 sounds like a force to be reckoned with! It's fabricated on a 16nm process and it has eight 64-bit cores - a set of four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. The maximum work frequency is 2GHz, and is future-proof to the point of supporting 32MP camera sensors. In other words, this chip can breeze through calculations with the best of them, but all the rumors about its inclusion in the next Nexus are just that - rumors. For all we know, Huawei - if it ends up making the next Nexus for real - could place it exclusively inside the phone's Chinese variant.
Huawei Ascend P8's metal chassis