The US mobile processor market is absolutely dominated by Qualcomm, with almost every device running a Snapdragon chip of some sort. From the Snapdragon 400 found in low or mid range devices, to the Snapdragon 801 powering our newest flagships, Qualcomm is pretty much the only processor manufacturer ever being used anymore. Fortunately, Samsung, MediaTek, and many other manufacturers thrive in other regions.
One of these companies is HiSilicon, which is a part of Huawei. The company announced a brand new chip today called the Kirin 920. This is an octa-core chip with a big.LITTLE layout, meaning it has four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores. The A15 cores can be clocked from 1.7 to 2GHz, while the A7 cores can be clocked from 1.3 to 1.6GHz.
This chip is actually pretty impressive from the looks of it. It features support for QHD displays, 4K video recording, and LTE Category 6. It also has a Tensilica HIFI3 professional audio processor (oh how I miss the Wolfson Audio days) and a Mali-T628MP4 quad core GPU.
While specs on paper are nice to read, what matters most is how it performs. And if HiSilicon is to be believed, this chip could outperform the unreleased Snapdragon 805. And benchmarks show a Kirin 920-powered device outclassing Snapdragon 801 devices, despite being pre-production hardware and software. While these claims can’t be proven until a device powered by this new chip is released, we’re excited nonetheless. Hopefully it’ll come to the US, as more competition in the mobile chip market is always a good thing. Would you buy a HiSilicon-powered device, or are your Qualcomm loyalties too strong?