Next Google Nexus smartphone could be powered by the Kirin 930


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At around the same time last year, the world was abuzz with rumours about a $100 Nexus phone that was believed to be cooking with a MediaTek SoC. It turns out the rumours weren’t far off from the real deal, which was in fact an all-new smartphone program Google called Android One.

Fast forward on year, and we’ve found ourselves talking about a new Nexus phone again. This time though, it is what we’re expecting to be the real deal and not a sub-program. The next Nexus (whatever it be called), is expected to feature a Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 930 chipset. This did come as a surprise to us as well, since Huawei’s custom solutions aren’t known as the best ones for developer support; perhaps Google (and Huawei) want to change that with the next Nexus.

With the 64-bit revolution already taking effect, it would only make sense for Google to go with something that is built on the 64-bit platform. The Kirin 930 which has eight 64-bit cores @2.0GHz sounds like a decent choice, but it would also be a bit of a gamble.

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32 Comments

  1. sai bhagavan
    March 9, 2015

    so this allow me to come to a conclusion that huawei could probably be the next nexus partner

  2. Zami
    March 9, 2015

    Hope Huawei keep improving the Kirin 930 chipset to boost the performence of both the GPU and CPU.
    Last year they developed the Kirin 920 and introduced Kirin 925 , Kirin 928 after Making some changes to improve performance of 920 .

  3. Faisal Shaharyar
    March 9, 2015

    may be this could be a $350-$400 device. Nexus 6 is already selling $649 for 32 gb version.
    But they definitely need to ramp the GPU on board that is where they are behing, it works like a Adreno 406.

  4. Lazar Prodanovic
    March 9, 2015

    Would not really rely my hopes or future business on HiSilicon or Huawei in that mater. I wish Google very best luck if they are going to try that. Now who whit a common sense can explain me how this results are even possible?
    HiKey 1/96: http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1503058-LI-1310227SO18

    • pedro
      March 9, 2015

      then u dont understand smartphone HW

    • MaxPower
      March 9, 2015

      What’s so hard to understand?
      Those benchmarks are saying that the HiKey 1/96 is the least powerful.
      Those are timed benchmarks, the fastest you take to complete a benchmark, the shortest graphic peak you’ll have, the most powerful you are.

    • Ron Swanson
      March 9, 2015

      these are a53 cores, and only clocked at 1.2ghz…

  5. sai bhagavan
    March 9, 2015

    so this allow me to come to a conclusion that huawei could probably be the next nexus partner

  6. Guest
    March 9, 2015

    Hope Huawei keep improving the Kirin 930 chipset to boost the performence of both the GPU and CPU.
    Last year they developed the Kirin 920 and introduced Kirin 925 , Kirin 928 after Making some changes to improve performance of 920 .

  7. Faisal Shaharyar
    March 9, 2015

    may be this could be a $350-$400 device. Nexus 6 is already selling $649 for 32 gb version.
    But they definitely need to ramp the GPU on board that is where they are behing, it works like a Adreno 406.

  8. Lazar Prodanovic
    March 9, 2015

    Would not really rely my hopes or future business on HiSilicon or Huawei in that mater. I wish Google very best luck if they are going to try that. Now who whit a common sense can explain me how this results are even possible?
    HiKey 1/96: http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1503058-LI-1310227SO18

    • MaxPower
      March 10, 2015

      What’s so hard to understand?
      Those benchmarks are saying that the HiKey 1/96 is the least powerful.
      Those are timed benchmarks, the fastest you take to complete a benchmark, the shortest graphic peak you’ll have, the most powerful you are.

    • Guest
      March 10, 2015

      these are a53 cores, and only clocked at 1.2ghz…

  9. liam
    March 9, 2015

    i hope samsung make the next nexus device

  10. Airyl
    March 9, 2015

    It’s possible that this will be some sort of Nexus 5 (2015), and it’ll be replacing the Nexus 5 instead of the 6.

  11. Guest
    March 9, 2015

    i hope samsung make the next nexus device

  12. balcobomber25
    March 9, 2015

    Last year at this time the reports were that the next Nexus phone would have a Mediatek chip. This year its Kirin, next year it will be Exynos.

    • MaxPower
      March 9, 2015

      I heard next year is going to be Apple A8! 🙂

    • MaxPower
      March 9, 2015

      Off topic: with the last MIUI update of today they fixed the camera focus problem

      • balcobomber25
        March 9, 2015

        Nice. I am away on business and don’t have the Mi4 with me. Testing out the iOcean X8 as a new work phone replacement.

  13. Airyl
    March 9, 2015

    It’s possible that this will be some sort of Nexus 5 (2015), and it’ll be replacing the Nexus 5 instead of the 6.

  14. balcobomber25
    March 10, 2015

    Last year at this time the reports were that the next Nexus phone would have a Mediatek chip. This year its Kirin, next year it will be Exynos.

    • MaxPower
      March 10, 2015

      I heard next year is going to be Apple A8! 🙂

    • MaxPower
      March 10, 2015

      Off topic: with the last MIUI update of today they fixed the camera focus problem

    • balcobomber25
      March 10, 2015

      Nice. I am away on business and don’t have the Mi4 with me. Testing out the iOcean X8 as a new work phone replacement.

  15. David Košič
    March 10, 2015

    Maybe a Huawei nexus for the eastern market but I doubt it will come to the west.

  16. David Košič
    March 10, 2015

    Maybe a Huawei nexus for the eastern market but I doubt it will come to the west.

  17. Guaire
    March 10, 2015

    Huawei and Google’s deal could be over next Android One. People misinterpreted their deal with Mediatek previous year.

    Collaboration with Huawei, Android One could reach a lot of developing country. I guess they experimented over Indian market and now they are ready to reach rest of the world.

    Timing is right. We heard first rumors about a Nexus with Mediatek almost a year ago.

    Kirin 930 weak for Nexus though it’s too powerful for Android One. If that’s the case Kirin 620 will be enough to do the job.

  18. Guaire
    March 10, 2015

    Huawei and Google’s deal could be over next Android One. People misinterpreted their deal with Mediatek previous year.

    Collaboration with Huawei, Android One could reach a lot of developing country. I guess they experimented over Indian market and now they are ready to reach rest of the world.

    Timing is right. We heard first rumors about a Nexus with Mediatek almost a year ago.

    Kirin 930 weak for Nexus though it’s too powerful for Android One. If that’s the case Kirin 620 will be enough to do the job.

  19. Ivan Budiutama
    March 13, 2015

    It could be, I mean, with Apple became unofficial parameter for classification. most people and manufacturer are put a mindset: “larger screen for premium/flagship device”. So, yeah it’s possible that “Nexus” will do so as well, being Android One as Low, Nexus 5″ for mid, and Nexus 6″ for the real flagship. Before Nexus 6, Other Nexus(es) device are well known for their fairly low price on flagship class, but the manufacturing cost doesn’t get any lower, so it might be a reasonable alternative using Kirin on their Nexus 5 if the price can push down the cost and sell them at relatively lower price like they previously did. Then they will also have the Nexus 6 using a more popular SoC (maybe Snapdragon or Exynos) with premium price of course

  20. Ivan Budiutama
    March 13, 2015

    It could be, I mean, with Apple became unofficial parameter for classification. most people and manufacturer are put a mindset: “larger screen for premium/flagship device”. So, yeah it’s possible that “Nexus” will do so as well, being Android One as Low, Nexus 5″ for mid, and Nexus 6″ for the real flagship. Before Nexus 6, Other Nexus(es) device are well known for their fairly low price on flagship class, but the manufacturing cost doesn’t get any lower, so it might be a reasonable alternative using Kirin on their Nexus 5 if the price can push down the cost and sell them at relatively lower price like they previously did. Then they will also have the Nexus 6 using a more popular SoC (maybe Snapdragon or Exynos) with premium price of course

  21. Ivan Budiutama
    March 13, 2015

    It could be, I mean, with Apple became unofficial parameter for classification. most people and manufacturer are put a mindset: “larger screen for premium/flagship device”. So, yeah it’s possible that “Nexus” will do so as well, being Android One as Low, Nexus 5″ for mid, and Nexus 6″ for the real flagship. Before Nexus 6, Other Nexus(es) device are well known for their fairly low price on flagship class, but the manufacturing cost doesn’t get any lower, so it might be a reasonable alternative using Kirin on their Nexus 5 if the price can push down the cost and sell them at relatively lower price like they previously did. Then they will also have the Nexus 6 using a more popular SoC (maybe Snapdragon or Exynos) with premium price of course