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Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC is now official, just in time for the Mate 9

Huawei has officially unveiled their latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC earlier this morning, which according to rumors, is expected to be shipped with the upcoming Huawei Mate 9.


According to Huawei, the Kirin 960 chipset is the first to be utilizing the quad-core ARM Cortex A73 architecture, moving them a step ahead Mediatek, Qualcomm as well as Samsung Electronics. Proccessor-wise, the Kirin 960 features a 8-cores architecture which is built with a duo of quad-core Cortex A73 paired with a quad-core Cortex A53, produced by TSMC 16nm FinFET manufacturing process. The GPU onboard is none other than the ARM Mali-G71 MP8.


Compared to its previous generation, the Kirin 960 has a CPU efficiency improvements of 15%, while its graphics performance also soared 180% along with a 20% rise in GPU efficiency. According to the company, the Kirin 960 will be able to support UFS2.1 standard storage and LPDDR4 memory. Likewise, its modem specifications also received an upgrade to LTE Cat.12/ Cat. 13 which is capable of reaching download speed up to 600Mbps, and a upload speed of up to 150Mbps. Its also good to know that they are capable of supporting radio frequencies ranging between 330MHz to 3.8GHz as well. What’s even better is that the SoC also feature CDMA support which will allow it to emerge into market where the standard is still common.

The Kirin 960 will be the first to feature Huawei’s Image Signal Processor which is purported to bring smartphone cameras closer to the retina vision of a human eyes.


As seen above, the Kirin 960 indeed performed incredibly well among the major benchmarking tools.

If nothing goes wrong, the Huawei Mate 9 is expected to be the first Huawei handset to be rocking the Kirin 960 SoC this coming November 3rd.

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