Next Nexus could feature not the Kirin 930, but Kirin 950 (plus more Kirin details)


Rumour mill is rife churning out word that the next Nexus phone will feature a Huawei chipset. Although we’re far from confirmation on that as yet, but a little bird told us a couple days back that it could be the Kirin 930 that rocks beneath the next Nexus.

Today, however, a contradictory report landed in our hands from nowhere else but the homeland of Kirin chipsets, i.e., China. It appears as though the rumour mill was quick to jump the gun on the Kirin 930; it might well be the 940 or even the more powerful Kirin 950 that powers the next Nexus phone.

Of course, this left us curios about what exactly the Kirin 940/950 were about. Thankfully, there’s a bit of info on that as well; all the three SoCs (930/940/950) will feature essentially the same architecture of a quad-core set of A53 cores and another with A57 cores, with the main difference in the clock rate.

While the base Kirin 930 will operate at up to 2.0GHz, the 940 and 950 will each cumulatively up the operating frequency by 200MHz to rear 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz respectively. What’s more is that the Kirin 940 and Kirin 950 SoC will even have support for 25.6GB/s LPDDR4 RAM!

According to the same report, the Kirin 940 will debut between the 2nd and 3rd quarters of this year, whereas the more powerful Kirin 950 will show up in either the 3rd or the 4th quarter. This means that the Nexus phone will take its own sweet time in coming, if this report has any truth to it.

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More details about the chipsets can be found in the chart below; do let us know what you think of the new reported HiSilicon Kirin SoCs and the whole idea of a Nexus phone being powered by a Kirin processor.

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28 Comments

  1. Guaire
    March 12, 2015

    We know Kirin 930 doesn’t have Cortex-A57. So at least that part isn’t true.

    If there is one, Huawei and Google’s deal more likely over next Android One instead to Nexus.

  2. James
    March 12, 2015

    Chinese Bullshit. Here’s the reasonably accurate predictions:

    Kirin 940 :: Dev Previews: Q4-2015 Market Availability: Q2/Q3-2016
    Kirin 950 :: Dev Previews: Q3-2016 Market Availability: Q1-2017

    Huawei isn’t Qualcomm or MediaTek. Don’t expect miracles. This is Chinese trash news going around, as usual. Some nutjob on PhoneArena was talking about SnapDragon 900 the other day.

    • March 13, 2015

      I guess we’ll see soon enough.

    • Rob
      March 13, 2015

      Whilst I agree with what you saying about Huawei, I’m not convinced about what your saying regarding SnapDragon. Just because we only get ‘leaked roadmaps’ going ahead maybe 6-12 months, the manufacturers will have roadmaps going forward 3-5 years, so more and likely there is an SD900 on the horizon as part of their long term vision. No doubt if we were inside MT, we would see 14nm chips being planned for release end of next year and beyond.

      As for the next Nexus phone, a Chinese manufacturer isn’t out of the realms of possibility since I feel Google will want to get the price back down again for their next phone and only way that will really happen is if they turn to China to build it.

    • seven7dust
      March 13, 2015

      unfortunately for you Qualcomm has become trash right now !!!
      The rumors of SD 810 over heating and being bested and blindsided by the competition is catching up to qualcomm.
      SD is losing it’s name , just wait a while we’ll see what happens but SD is falling right now
      mediatek is on the rise and many manufacturers are contemplating on making their own SOCs avoiding SD 810 altogether ,
      huawei might actually be competitive to this approach !!!!

  3. Guaire
    March 12, 2015

    We know Kirin 930 doesn’t have Cortex-A57. So at least that part isn’t true.

    If there is one, Huawei and Google’s deal more likely over next Android One instead to Nexus.

  4. Guest
    March 12, 2015

    Chinese Bullshit. Here’s the reasonably accurate predictions:

    Kirin 940 :: Dev Previews: Q4-2015 Market Availability: Q2/Q3-2016
    Kirin 950 :: Dev Previews: Q3-2016 Market Availability: Q1-2017

    Huawei isn’t Qualcomm or MediaTek. Don’t expect miracles. This is Chinese trash news going around, as usual. Some nutjob on PhoneArena was talking about SnapDragon 900 the other day.

    • Dave Weinstein
      March 13, 2015

      I guess we’ll see soon enough.

    • Rob
      March 13, 2015

      Whilst I agree with what you saying about Huawei, I’m not convinced about what your saying regarding SnapDragon. Just because we only get ‘leaked roadmaps’ going ahead maybe 6-12 months, the manufacturers will have roadmaps going forward 3-5 years, so more and likely there is an SD900 on the horizon as part of their long term vision. No doubt if we were inside MT, we would see 14nm chips being planned for release end of next year and beyond.

      As for the next Nexus phone, a Chinese manufacturer isn’t out of the realms of possibility since I feel Google will want to get the price back down again for their next phone and only way that will really happen is if they turn to China to build it.

    • seven7dust
      March 13, 2015

      unfortunately for you Qualcomm has become trash right now !!!
      The rumors of SD 810 over heating and being bested and blindsided by the competition is catching up to qualcomm.
      SD is losing it’s name , just wait a while we’ll see what happens but SD is falling right now
      mediatek is on the rise and many manufacturers are contemplating on making their own SOCs avoiding SD 810 altogether ,
      huawei might actually be competitive to this approach !!!!

  5. slartiblart
    March 12, 2015

    I have an honour plus 6. Pisses all over the snapdragon in a real world scenario. Dont believe the spin on snapdragon fan club boys. All propaganda zombies, like apple lovers.

  6. Zami
    March 13, 2015

    This is the picture of the structure of the Kirin 950 according to some news in the web .

    • Ricardo
      March 13, 2015

      If this is true it is going to be an awesome SoC, specially because of the Mali-T880 and the CoreLink CCI-500. A72 cores are welcome too, but I’m more excited about the other two things.

  7. slartiblart
    March 13, 2015

    I have an honour plus 6. Pisses all over the snapdragon in a real world scenario. Dont believe the spin on snapdragon fan club boys. All propaganda zombies, like apple lovers.

  8. Guest
    March 13, 2015

    This is the picture of the structure of the Kirin 950 according to some news in the web .

    • Ricardo
      March 13, 2015

      If this is true it is going to be an awesome SoC, specially because of the Mali-T880 and the CoreLink CCI-500. A72 cores are welcome too, but I’m more excited about the other two things.

  9. March 13, 2015

    Huawei has done an impressive job with the MediaPad X2, and I can definitely believe that they’re in the running for building the next Nexus.

    But that’s as far as I can go. Google will NOT let Huawei dictate the release schedule of their devices to showcase their silicon.

    It’s more likely that Huawei will build the next Nexus with a Snapdragon 810 or 815 than that they’ll even use the Kirin 830. Vaporware like the 850 is just to far from reality to be in the running.

  10. Dave Weinstein
    March 13, 2015

    Huawei has done an impressive job with the MediaPad X2, and I can definitely believe that they’re in the running for building the next Nexus.

    But that’s as far as I can go. Google will NOT let Huawei dictate the release schedule of their devices to showcase their silicon.

    It’s more likely that Huawei will build the next Nexus with a Snapdragon 810 or 815 than that they’ll even use the Kirin 830. Vaporware like the 850 is just to far from reality to be in the running.