The chipset employed in a smartphone impacts every sphere of Smartphone experience. These teeny-tiny chips which are often erroneously referred to as processors are much more than central processing units or CPUs. The SoC or system on chip includes components like Modem for handling connectivity, Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to assist CPU cores in specific tasks, Image Signal Processor (ISP) for handling camera feeds, Graphical processing unit (GPU for handling graphics and much more.
Since these chips control all smartphone aspects, it is of utmost importance that they are finely tuned and optimized with the phone’s software interface, and this is why Huawei insisting on using its own SoCs has enabled the company to push the performance envelope further and has paid off rather handsomely.
Your smartphone experience doesn’t hinge on the number of cores, but more on the quality of cores and other components embedded on the SoC. Kirin chipsets have always delivered quality performance but it is only recently that they have begun to shine through and through.
For instance, last year Honor 5C became the most aggressively priced handset to be powered by a 16nm process based chip and that too at a time when most phones costing twice as much were stuck on less power efficient 28nm process node.
The chipset relayed excellent performance and power efficiency and was extremely deft at handling the camera on the handset. In fact, Honor 8 surprised everyone with its excellent camera performance and robust pro mode that allowed for granular control over image capturing attributes.
In 2015, where all major chipset makers were struggling to deliver half-decent chips and when the world had to endure excessive heating and throttling issues, the Kirin 950 was the first progressive chip that surfaced as a true winner.
The chipset was not only matched the high-end chips like Snapdragon 810 and Exynos 7420 in performance, but it was more thermally efficient and didn’t devour your smartphone battery. This was the first smartphone chip in 2015 where the peak power went sub 1W per core.
Huawei later upped its game with the Kirin 960 SoC that employed 4 Cortex A73 cores in the performance cluster. The chipset offered 10 percent increase in single core performance and over 18 percent increase in multicore performance over the Kirin 950.
Huawei also UE Cat. 12 LTE, support for faster UFS2.1 storage, and Improved Dual 14bit ISP in the handset.
Having control of both hardware and software has helped Huawei phones support groundbreaking innovations. For instance, the excellent dual camera implementation on the Huawei P9, also the first phone that provided real-time bokeh effect sensing on the camera viewfinder, wouldn’t have been possible without the finely tuned Kirin 955 shouldering the burden and being finely tuned with Huawei’s EMUI software.
All major smartphone players of this age are looking for more control over smartphone chips. Apple designs its own A-series chips, Samsung is more inclined towards using its own Exynos processors and even Google is working closely with Qualcomm to optimize performance for its Pixel phones.
Huawei is the only Android manufacturer who has been consistently and persistently relying on its own chips and all that expertise and experience gained over several years now makes it a leading player and places it in a predominant position. The Kirin SoCs are now assurance of class leading performance.
Honor will be launching their next smartphone Honor 6X in India this month. The phone will come with dual camera setup and Kirin processor. It is expected to be priced below 20,000 INR making it a great value for money smartphone. You can follow #SwagPhoneHonor6X hashtag on Twitter for more updates.