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Huawei Kirin 960 Processor Unveiled, Gets CPU & GPU Upgrade

by Jed John 4

Huawei has officially unvelied its latest super processor – Kirin 960 which brings with itself some strategic upgrades both in CPU and GPU. The Huawei Kirin 960 SoC comes with a modest upgrade in its CPU from Kirin 950 but on the GPU end, the new chipset sees a huge upgrade.

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According to a source at the unveiling, Huawei Kirin 960 comes equipped with the recently unveiled high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 CPU core. The processor still uses the lower ARM Cortex-A53 core and in all the octa-core Kirin 960 SoC is composed of four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores.

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More damning claim from the conference is the one concerning the Kirin 960 Versus Snapdragon 821 processor.  When subjected to Geekbench 4.0 test, the Kirin 960 is said to have scored 2000 points on the single-threaded scores and up to 6300 points on the multi-threaded score.

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In addition to the CPU upgrade, the Huawei Kirin 960 chipset gets a big boost in its graphics unit, featuring the Mali-G71 MP8 GPU which were subjected to test on GFXBench Manhattan and T-Rex. The Kirin 960’s GPU performance comes out higher than that of Snapdragon 820 SoC and even twice as much power as Kirin 950. Apple A10 chip is still ahead, though.

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According to Huawei, the Mali-G71 GPU is based on a truly new architecture which comes with a new level of high-end mobile graphics technology with superior energy efficiency. In addition, the Kirin 960 also supports the latest UFS 2.1 flash memory, LPDDR4 memory and on the network end, it supports LTE Cat.12 and LTE Cat. 13. A new baseband that supports CDMA is also at play.

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The Huawei Mate 9 would get the opportunity of being the first device to feature the Kirin 960 and until that happens we’ll only hold our peace concerning these stunning claims.

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  • Tommi

    GPU improved by 180% 😀 that is one crazy upgrade, one of the biggest upgrade ever done. And finally latest GPU + MP8, not anymore MP4 😛

    CPU upgrade is also good, but not big enough to impress…

    Instead of planned -> 4x A73 2.4GHz + 4x A53 1.8GHz

    They should have upgraded it like this -> 4x A73 2.8GHz + 4x A35 2GHz, even clocks are higher, A35 is more energy efficient than A53 cores.

    DDR improved by 90% + writing speed by 150%, that is also crazy good upgrade with UFS 2.1 support! 😮

    CPU upgrade could been better, they could do it better as with GPU + RAM upgrades.

    • divis200

      The gpu is much better than adreno 530. I was disappointed last year, but this year they made a huuge improvement. T860MP4 was totally unacceptable for a flagship.

  • Hey

    Kirin 960 will be released in this year, along with Huawei Mate 9.

    But still, in next year Kirin 960 will be many steps behind, as usual 😀

  • UP

    how about power consumption?
    we understand increase in CPU, GPU, memory, how about power sawing efficiency – no word