Jun 06 AT 4:08 PM Dima Aryeh 12 Comments

Huawei’s HiSilicon announces the Kirin 920 processor, claims it bests the Snapdragon 805

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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?

Via: GSM Arena
Source: Huawei, Weibo

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • steve

    I want the best so if this other chip out performs the unreleased 805, then expect the 805 to sit on the shelf

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    Misleading, the problem has never been peak performance, it’s performance per watt. If the Kirin 920 has 10% increase in performance over the Snapdragon 805 but takes double the power, it’s not going to show up in any phone or tablet any time soon.

    • Chris


      The article clearly states this:
      “The A15 cores can be clocked from 1.7 to 2GHz, while the A7 cores can be clocked from 1.3 to 1.6GHz”

      That means the clock speed and be set… so adjustments could be made regarding power intake.

      • CaptainDoug

        It’s not that simple. The Tegra K1 is a perfect example. Super powerful chip, just too power hungry for phones. Over and under clocking is like 10-15% (ish) difference of power usage. Not going to help you when you’re using 10 watts.

      • Arun Kumar

        Precisely, I think the whole specs war is misleading because you can consume a lot power to achieve the speed….but at the end of the day it is performance vs power tradeoff. Snapdragons are “truly low power”…..now the other guys who achieve speed but the power is too high….causing heating problems in phones/tablets which make them perform badly with time….. and thats why all these benchmarks become redundant…
        Enjoy the video…..

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      While you’re absolutely right, I wouldn’t call the article misleading. All it states is that HiSilicon claims it outperforms the 805 in benchmarks. What power draw will be like is important as well, but since the chip isn’t in mass production yet, we will have to wait and see what it’s like.

  • jamal adam

    How can they claim it bests the Snapdragon 805, when we have yet to even see it released let along on a device. The same applies to the Kirin 920. Until we see real world performance and battery life from devices running on each processor, we can’t know which is better. But I’m excited to see what the both have in store for us once they are inside devices.

  • jerrbomb

    This is an interesting read.. And as exciting as it sounds and seems… I think it’s best to see how it performs in real world scenarios…

  • huaweibo alibaba

    ze chineze are coming they are on fire

  • John Patrick

    The real issue will be whether is plays nice with our variant of LTE. That’s what kept Samsung’s chips from being widely used here – their unlocked international models available here are GSM, not LTE. It will be interesting to see if Huaweis’ new chip is LTE certified because unless that happens it will not have major U.S. carrier support..

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  • Daniel DeWitt

    Honestly who cares when Nvidias Tegra K1 is almost twice as fast as even that. No one saying anything about Tegra K1 and its stronger then both cpus combined. Neigther of them will stand any ground against Nvidia