Qualcomm recently launched its new smartphone chipset in the Snapdragon 700-series — Qualcomm Snapdragon 710. Now, Huawei’s HiSilicon Technologies is reportedly working on Kirin 710 processor, which will take on Snapdragon 710.
According to the report, the HiSilicon Kirin 710, a mobile chipset for the mid-tier market could get launched in July this year. Sources aware of the development have said that it will directly compete with the Snapdragon 710.
The Kirin 710 will be an upgrade of its predecessor Kirin 659 CPU and will come with Huawei’s own chipset architecture based on the Cortex A73 CPUs. It is reportedly being built using a 12nm process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
In comparison, the Snapdragon 710 chipset from Qualcomm is built using the 10nm node at Samsung Electronics and feature a multi-core AI engine and neural network processing capabilities.
The chipset includes two cores of Kryo 360 Cortex A75 clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores of Kryo 360 Cortex A55 that offers a processing speed of 1.7GHz. The octa-core processor is coupled with Adreno 616 graphics that promises 35 percent better rendering of graphics.
There are a few smartphones announced recently which are powered by the Snapdragon 710 processor. Xiaomi recently launched Mi 8 SE and the Vivo is using the same chipset for its upcoming Vivo NEX smartphone. Further, companies like HMD Global (Nokia) and Google are also said to be working on a phone powered by Snapdragon 710.
While not much information is known about this upcoming chipset, the first Kirin 710-powered model is likely to be Huawei’s Nova 3 (which is codenamed Paris) or Huawei P20 Lite. The smartphone is expected to be launched in July, featuring 19.5:9 all-screen display and the dual-lens camera.
The company is also working on two other models with serial numbers PRA-AL00 and PRA-TL00. The phone has been verified for meeting 3C (China Compulsory Certification) standards. This year, the company is expected to ship over 140 million smartphones in 2018. According to the source, the mid-range smartphone from the China-based company accounts for at least 50 percent of its total shipments.