The past few days have seen chip manufacturers announce new processors. Starting with Mediatek announcing the Helio P15, to Qualcomm launching the Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427 chipsets, and Huawei announcing the Kirin 960 earlier today. Our focus is however on the Huawei Kirin 960. Huawei has released a detailed specification list of the new processor.
The Huawei Kirin 960 SoC is an octa-core processor made up of four A73 chips clocked at 2.4GHz and four A53 low-power chips clocked at 1.8GHz for its CPU. Its GPU is a Mali G-71 MP8 which offers about 180 percent increase in performance over the Kirin 950 and a 20% reduction in power consumption. It also supports Vulkan 1.0. The new chip is built on 16nm FinFET Plus process and supports UFS 2.1 storage and LPDDR4 RAM.
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For connectivity, it comes with Cat. 12 and Cat. 13 modems offering download speeds of up to 600mbps and upload speeds of up to 150mbps. Huawei has also added CDMA support. Radio frequency is between 330MHz and 3.8GHz allowing for a wide range of band support. The Huawei Kirin 960 chip also adds VoLTE and VoWiFi call support.