Huawei’s new top-of-the-line chipset, the Kirin 960, has been unveiled Wednesday morning in China. The big.LITTLE architecture is used here with four high powered Cortex-A73 cores and four lower powered Cortex-A53 cores. The chip also features the Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. Compared to the Kirin 950, the new chipset achieves a 15% CPU efficiency improvement. The GPU efficiency is hiked by 20% with a 180% improvement in graphics performance.

The Kirin 960 SoC supports LPDDR4 RAM, and the modem supports LTE Cat. 12/13. This means that download speeds up to 600Mbps, and upload speeds of 150Mbps can be handled by the Kirin 960. The chipset supports CDMA and radio frequencies ranging between 330MHz to 3.8GHz. The chip is built by TSMC using the 16nm FinFET process.

We should see Kirin 960 processor in Huawei’s upcoming smartphone the mate 9.

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