Huawei Ascend D3 to feature homebrew HiSilicon 1.8GHz octa-core CPU

Although Huawei made a lot of noise with their homegrown series of ‘HiSilicon’ chipsets, the excitement around the same died down in the recent months, for the Chinese maker decided to go with other internationally renown fabricators.

However, reports suggest that Huawei’s next-in-line flagship, the Huawei Ascend D3, will revive the HiSilicon line. The device will dethrone the Ascend D2 as the Huawei flagship, and is due anytime this year. “Contrary to what most people may think, the super slim Ascend P6 wasn’t Huawei’s flagship Android smartphone for last year – the Ascend D2 was,” Vlad Bobleanta of unwiredview rightly points out.


With no such announcement during the recent CES 2014, our eyes are set on the forthcoming MWC which is due in 2 weeks’ time. Huawei did show interest in reviving the HiSilicon series with the MediaPad X1 that was recently announced, so we have enough reason to believe that the Ascend D3 too might feature a HiSilicon series SoC.

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To be a bit more specific, the Ascend D3 is expected to feature the HiSilicon Kirin 920 series chipset which packs an octa-core 1.8GHz chipset, neck and neck with MediaTek’s octa-core solutions. However, unlike the MT6592, the HiSilicon Kirin 920 will be built around the big.LITTLE architecture, much like Samsung’s Exynos 5410.  This will allow the chipset to have two distinct sets of cores, which would be mutually functionally exclusive.


One set of four cores is expected to work on the ARM Cortex A7 architecture, while the other set, on the ARM Cortex A9. The former set of cores would be used during processes and operations that aren’t too hardware intensive, while the latter would kick in when there’s need for some extra grunt.

The Ascend D3 might also feature a 16 mega-pixel rear camera in a 6.3mm thin body, complementing last year’s Ascend P6.

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  1. February 12, 2014


    You might wanna research on your posting. ARM Cortex A9 does not support the “BIG” in the big.LITTLE configuration. Only Cortex A15 and Cortex A17 supports that in the 32-bit configuration and Cortex A57 in the 64-bit config. So how come you are telling us that Huawei are using Cortex A9 as the muscle part of their SOC?

    Please bro, do some research and correct your posting so you don’t mislead some of us.

    • Faux-News
      February 12, 2014

      From Weibo (google translated): “Guess Hass Hass eight-core processor is Kirin920, 28nm, A7 + A15”

  2. highwind
    February 12, 2014

    A7+A9 doesnt make sense at all…

    1. A9 isnt any faster than A7
    2. A9 doesnt even support big.LITTLE

  3. The Chosen One
    February 12, 2014

    Regardless of the obvious error in this article, MediaTek have announced their 4G LTE Octa Core SoC with Big.little confirguration!

  4. Andrew White
    May 25, 2014

    Confusing specs supplied by your other editor suggesting that Jelly Bean 4.2 will be preinstalled. When the spec sheet clearly states Android 4.4.2, which I believe is Kitkat.
    Does this new 8 core really surpass Qualcomm’s 801 in performance terms.
    The price is $50 less the Oppo Find 7a.
    Is there an SD card or a removable battery?
    Like to see a comprehensive review by ‘you’ before considering purchase.