One of the smartphone manufacturers that probably stands to win a great deal of Samsung’s anticipated Galaxy Note 7 sales, especially in Asian markets, is Huawei, which should finally take the wraps off the beastly Mate 9 in New York City and/or Munich over the next couple of weeks.
But first things first, here’s the homebrewed processor practically guaranteed to power the up to 6GB RAM-packing, dual 20MP rear camera-sporting 5.9-incher or so. Naturally dubbed Kirin 960, this follows in the footsteps of Mate 8’s Kirin 950 and P9’s 955 with the same exact 16nm TSMC architecture, a marginally improved CPU, and vastly upgraded GPU.
No, the four new 2.4 GHz Cortex A73 cores displayed in an already customary big.LITTLE arrangement next to four 1.8 GHz A53 CPU cores don’t sound altogether innovative or game-changing. On the bright side, the Huawei Kirin 960 SoC also makes use of ARM’s cutting-edge Mali-G71 MP8 graphics chip, delivering 80 percent more raw speed than the previous-gen Mali-T880 MP4.
Remember, this is the GPU Samsung wants integrated into the Exynos 8895 under Galaxy S8’s hood in the spring, and odds are you’ll be able to buy the Huawei Mate 9 by the end of 2016. Possibly, stateside as well, since the Kirin 960 brings native CDMA network support to the table, plus Cat 12 LTE download and Cat 13 LTE upload capabilities, substantially enhanced energy efficiency, security and camera performance.