HiSilicon Kirin 960: New Super Processor from Huawei

Huawei launches the new processor HiSilicon Kirin 960, which must take up the fight with Apple’s A10 processor in iPhone 7 and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821.

Huaweis subsidiary HiSilicon presents the new topprocessor which now goes under the name of Kirin 960.

With the new processor gets Huaweis upcoming top models a decent boost in performance and functionality-and this is in spite of the fact that the two existing Kirin 950 and 955-processors are already quite competitive. The processor matches not only the competitors on many points, but surpassing them also.

Up to 18% better CPU performance

With Kirin 960 using Huawei in very much the same recipe as the 950 and 955. This means that the still consists of 8 processor cores. Setup now consists of 4 of the so-called Cortex A73-cores, there is a minor upgrade in comparison to the already quite powerful Cortex A72-cores, which sits in the earlier processors. The speed of these is now screwed up from 2.3 GHz to 2.4 GHz.

Setup with the last four less powerful Cortex A53-cores are unchanged, and they therefore continue to knock away with 1.8 GHz. With the new Setup claims Huawei that Kirin 960 provides 10% better than Kirin 950, when it comes to every single ‘ performance in speed test Geekbench.

When the processor all 8 cores working together, an improvement on the entire 18%. In total, it can be seen from brawn Huaweis presentation to the new Kirin 960 surpasses not only the predecessor Kirin 950, but even Apple’s A10 processor in iPhone 7, Samsung Exynos 8890 in, among other things. Galaxy S7 and Qualcomm’s brand new Snap dragon 821-processor, which, among other things. Google’s Pixel-phones are equipped with.

Prompt RAM of LP-DDR4-type

The small mobile processors, or so-called SoCs, however, is much more than just processing power. It is also where memory or RAM is located, and here there is also progress to track.

Kirin 960 is now upgraded to the newer LP-DDR4-type of RAM, which is approximately twice as fast as the more widely-used LP-DDR3-type. At the same time, the new type of RAM also hurtles away with a slightly higher speed, so loading the particular game should be done in no time.

New graphics chip matches almost Apple A10 processor

Another area where mobile processors must perform, in graphics performance. Here is Kirin 960 now equipped with the so-called ARM Mali-G71MP8-graphics chip, which runs at a speed of 900 MHz.

This means that the Huaweis processor according to the speed test app GFXBench ranks as the second best processor within the graphics performance well located between Snapdragon 821 and Apple A10.Just graphics performance has been the weak point in the Huaweis top models such as Huawei P8 and P9 – but it should be past with the new Kirin 960.

UFS 2.1-storage surpasses all competitors

Also when it comes to storage space, there has been a nice upgrade, which is now of the lightning-fast technology UFS 2.1 rather than the previous eMMC 5.0.

With the app Androbench is the speed of the storage space tested in the new Kirin 960 processor, and here topper the sovereign — even Apple’s A10 processor must see it beaten. This means that phones with Kirin 960 processor can read files with a speed of the entire 800 MB/s.

Up to 600 Mbit/s in download with lightning-fast LTE

Finally arriving Kirin 960 with a improved modem, which has come up to support LTE category 12/13, in which Kirin 950 only supported up to category 6. LTE category 12/13 also goes under the name of 4.5 G and can handle up to 600 Mbit/s in download and 150 Mbit/s in upload.

Yet another interesting detail is that the Kirin 960 has integrated CDMA-modem built in, so the phones with the processor can be sold and used with the telecommunication companies in United States and China, which uses the technology instead of the GSM standard. This will enable Huawei with all likely begin to invest more in the U.S. market, now that there is only a need for one model that works throughout the world.

In other words, there is laid up for some quite impressive top models, when they get special targets with Huaweis new Kirin 960 processor. The first smartphone with the processor becomes probably Huaweis own Mate 9-top model, which is expected to be revealed at the beginning of the month of november.


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