Huawei Kirin 960 octa-Core SoC with Mali-G71 MP8 GPU announced – Key Features

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Huawei, at an event held in Beijing (China) has announced its premium system-on-chip (SoC) called Kirin 960. It is said to offer 15% performance upgrade, 180% powerful GPU and 20% energy efficiency when compared to its predecessor, which is Kirin 950.

The Kirin 960 SoC features eight cores (octa-core) consisting of up to 2.4GHz Cortex A73 quad-cores + up to 1.8GHz Cortex A53 quad cores. It is built on 16nm FinFET process and includes a unique security engine with new 3-tire security system inSE for financial industry standard encryption.

It has upgraded Mali-G71 MP8 GPU and supports Vulkan as well. The Chip brings support for LPDDR4 RAM, UFS 2.1 storage and allows 4K video recording as well.

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The Kirin 960 SoC is equipped with IntelliSense i6 for low power operation when gathering data from sensors like accelerometer, compass, gyroscope etc. It supports active noise reduction, HD Voice+ and 24-bit 192kHz audio as well.

The chipset uses multi-mode 4G LTE Modem that offers Cat12 (FDD/TDD) downloads and Cat13 (FDD/TDD) uploads of up to 15 Mbps. Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMI will be supported as well.

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Huawei Kirin 960 is expected to power upcoming Mate 9 smartphone, which is slated to go official at Germany on November 3rd. Official availability details were not revealed.

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