Lo and behold, the Apple A9 chip might have just met its match. Some timely information, given that last week we talked about how the iPhone 6s Plus destroys every (currently available) smartphone out there on AnTutu – Android is back with a vengeance – or at least when this unknown Huawei device comes to light.
Keeping up with current rumours, it seems that the device we’re talking about is none other than the Huawei P9. It’s assumed that it’ll arrive with a home-grown Octa-core Kirin 950 processor and a Mali T880 MP4 GPU.
This processor is built based on a 16nm fabrication process and it utilises 4 high-performance ARM Cortex A72 cores that can be clocked up to 2.3GHz and followed suit by 4x low power Cortex A53 cores clocked at a more efficient 1.8GHz.
It’ll run the a big.LITTLE configuration, that allows that Octa-core processor to efficiently run to deliver the best performance at the optimal power consumption. Further reading about the Kirin 950 processor can be found here.
Based off purported images showing a device by Huawei hitting a home-run in the multi-core test of the famous benchmark test. If the 7313 multi-core is true, you could say that the Kirin 950 processor is going to be a beast.
Reports claim that together with the Kirin 950 SoC, the P9 will don the same 5.2-inch screen that its predecessor did, together with 4GB of RAM and Android 6.0 Marshmallow running the operating system show.
The Kirin 950 processor beats the current chart-topper in the MediaTek Heli X20 that runs in a Deca-core format – 7037. But out of the four big guns of chipsets, the current front-runner is still (supposedly) the Exynos 8890 that’s slated to be on the Samsung Galaxy S7 devices that’ll be announced come MWC 2016. The breakdown of performance is shown in a graph provided below:
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We echo the sentiments that usually when undergoing testing, manufacturers clock these processors lower to prevent complications and gradually ramp the clocked speeds once they’re happy with how the device runs – heat and all. Then again, these leaks could turn out to be fake, so be wary when seeing them.
As detailed in our earlier article, the times of unbelievably fast (on paper) processors really have superseded the needs of their users. The differences are often negligible and often people barely notice them. Apps still run fine and multitasking is breezy – no matter the flagship processor that’s inside your device – at least most of the times.
Do let us know your thoughts and if you’ve experienced a Kirin processor before, share with us your observations in the comments below.