At the beginning of April, Huawei’s Senior VP announced that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is planning on releasing a brand new flagship device, which will differentiate itself from the competition by delivering a handful of “stunning, unique features”. It’s been said that the handset in question will be built out of metal, it will feature an octa-core processor and it will be a bit pricier than what Huawei has delivered thus far.
Following this announcement, a new Huawei top-tier device bearing the codename “Mulan” has been spotted in AnTuTu’s database, and earlier yesterday, the same smartphone has resurfaced on the blogosphere, along with a handful of renders and new hardware details.
Needless to say, the “Mulan” perfectly fits the bill as the company’s next flagship phone, so a lot of excitement is now starting to build up around said device. To make things even more interesting, Huawei has just made the Kirin 920 octa-core chip official, and in case you haven’t guessed this already, the SoC is expected to be one of the Mulan’s biggest selling points. Let’s see what it has to offer!
[UPDATE] Huawei also released an official statement.
Huawei Unveils the Kirin 920 SoC – Promises to Outperform the Snapdragon 805
Earlier today Huawei held an event in Beijing, where the company in question has made the new 8-core Kirin 920 SoC official. The chipset boasts four Cortex-A15 cores with frequencies between 1.7 and 2.0 GHz, coupled with four Cortex-A7 cores that can run at clock speeds of 1.3-1.6 GHz.
There’s also a Mali-T628 graphics chip on-board, and the package offers support for LTE Cat 6, SGLTE / CSFB, as well as VoLTE.
Kirin 920 supports resolutions of 2560 x 1600, so in theory the new chipset should allow the company to create QHD smartphones in the foreseeable future.
Probably the most interesting thing about the Kirin 920 is that, according to Huwei, the SoC is more powerful than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805.
While earlier benchmark tests have shown that the 920 is slightly outperformed by both the Snapdragon 801 and 805, we should not forget that the Kirin 920 is not out yet, which means that with further tweaking and optimization, the might be able to overtake its biggest competitors.
In the past, the Chinese manufacturer has managed to ship roughly two million Kirin 910 units, while the previously launched K3V2 chipset (which is powering the Ascend P6) has shipped in greater numbers, for a total of roughly 10 million units. Will the Kirin 920 manage to make a greater impact? We’ll have to wait and see.