Kirin 950 Is Huawei’s Flagship Chipset That Gives Qualcomm A Run For Their Money

It is official. For months, there was word that Huawei was in the process of developing a chipset that could easily surpass the performance of Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and Samsung’s 14nm FinFET Exynos 7420 (present in Galaxy Note 5). Well today, the tech company has announced its Kirin 950, which is armed to the teeth as far as specifications go.

In terms of processing capabilities, Kirin 950 has an octa-core processor that is running ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. This architecture pairs two processors working in unison in order to tackle intensive and light tasks that not only deliver performance but conserve battery life wherever possible. Kirin 950 comprises of the following octa-core processor setup:

  • Quad-core Cortex-A72 running at a speed of 2.53GHz
  • Quad-core Cortex-A53 running at a speed of 1.80GHz

Chipsets like Snapdragon 810 and Exynos 7420 were running Cortex-A57 instead of Cortex-A72 processing cores, so there is absolutely no question that Huawei’s Kirin 950 will be able to exceed both of the aforesaid chips in both performance and efficiency. For graphical performance, there is an ARM Mali-T880 GPU present comprising up of four GPU cores that will allow heavy graphical apps to run as smooth as butter. To top everything, the chipset is also running a Cat. 6 LTE modem. This modem has a maximum download speed of 300Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 50Mbps.

Keep in mind however, that this speed is the limit that can be reached by the LTE chip and the actual speed will be dependent on your carrier network. Huawei has also followed in the footsteps of Apple by fitting in co-processor called i5 that works very similar to Apple’s M7, M8 and M9 co-processor. The company will most definitely keep the chipset exclusive to its own smartphones, and we expect that Huawei Mate 8 is going to be the upcoming device that is going to be running the powerful chipset.

Chipsets like Snapdragon 810 and Exynos 7420 were running Cortex-A57 instead of Cortex-A72 processing cores, so there is absolutely no question that Huawei’s Kirin 950 will be able to exceed both of the aforesaid chips in both performance and efficiency.

It is safe to say that Snapdragon 810 and Exynos 7420 are not the fastest chipsets in Android devices anymore. Would you purchase Mate 8 now that you know it is going to be running the powerful chipset? Its not secret that Huawei is launching new phone models (like the Honor 4X recently) in Pakistan all the time, so chances are we are going to see a new phone with Kirin 950 in the near future.


  • We know that world is progressing rapidly but not as fast to create 53Ghz & 80Ghz processors in couple of days….for mobiles..

  • Does it really matter to Qualcomm? Huawei doesn’t sell their SoC and specs war will be very close after 820.


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