Huawei today introduced its latest in-house developed mobile SoC, the Kirin 950.
The Huawei Kirin 950 is an octa-core chipset with four ARM Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz in a big.LITTLE configuration. It integrates the next-gen ARM Mali-T880MP4 GPU, 5-mode LTE Cat.6 modem, i5 Sensing co-processor, and dual 14bit dual ISP 960MP/s with standalone DSP.
Huawei Kirin 950 is manufactured on a 16nm FinFET process with flip transistors and is claimed to deliver 40% improvement in performance with 60% reduction in power consumption compared to previous-gen chips.
To show off exactly what the new chip is capable of, Huawei built a test rig powered by the Kirin 950 and ran the Antutu benchmark on it. The result was a record-breaking score of 82.945. That’s significantly higher than any other smartphone in the market currently. GeekBench scores of the chipset have also been leaked online, showing equally impressive performance. In the multi-core test, Kirin 950 left every other 2015 mobile chipset in the dust, including Samsung’s Exynos 7420. It managed to impress in the single-core test as well, only losing out to Apple’s A9 chip.
Huawei Mate 8 is expected to be the first smartphone to pack the Kirin 950 SoC under the hood.