Huawei recently announced a new version of its new Kirin 960 chipset. By definition, a chipset is an integrated circuit that has the smartphone’s processor (CPU), graphics processing unit (GPU), memory controller, modem, and others built into it. In layman’s terms, you could say that the chipset is the smartphone equivalent of the engine of a car.
Some of the more popular brands that make smartphone chipsets include:
- Snapdragon – owned by Qualcomm
- MT and Helio – owned by Mediatek
- Exynos – owned by Samsung
- Kirin – owned by Huawei
Key Features of the Kirin 960 chipset
Key features of the Kirin 960 chipset include:
- higher power efficiency – a new standard for endurance time
- higher performance, good enough for augmented reality games
- supports the newest graphics standard, Vulkan
- integrates four cores of the new Cortex-A73 CPU and four cortex-A53 cores
- uses ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU for improved power consumption.
- integrated global LTE modem that supports up to 600 Mbps downloads
- latest in-house smart audio solution, Hi6403, to produce HiFi voice quality
- the world’s first chip with finance-level security for a more secure Android experience
- supports UFS 2.1 for super fast flash storage
Huawei has stated that the Kirin 960 chipset will be first used in their latest flagship, the Mate 9. The Huawei Mate 9 has been launched and is being expected in Nigeria soon. The Huawei Mate 9 Lite is a stripped down version of the Mate 9 but does not sport the kirin 960 chipset. It uses the mid-range Kirin 655 chipset.
The company has confirmed though that some of its upcoming phone models will be powered by Kirin 960. Chances are that we shall see the kirin 960 chipset in the rumoured Huawei P10. The P10 is expected to hit the market in 2017.