Chinese variant of the Huawei G8 features the Snapdragon 616


Yeah, it isn’t a typo; the Chinese version of the recently announced Huawei G8 indeed does feature the new Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor. The phone goes by the Huawei Maimang 4 moniker.

However, before you start expecting too much, let me tell you that the 616 is merely a variation of the 615, but with changes in radio. The Snapdragon 616 now adds support for Chinese carriers, something we’ve also seen on the MT6753.

The modem on the Snapdragon 616 is known as the X5 LTE World Mode modem. As you can tell from the name, the idea is to allow as many network carriers to be compatible with the chip as possible. And thus, besides supporting Cat. 4 LTE (with speeds of up to 150MBps) with LTE Advanced (LTE-A) 2x10MHz Carrier Aggregation (CA), the chipset offers support for WCDMA (3C-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA), CDMA1x, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE and LTE FDD, LTE TDD.

CDMA and consequently EV-DO technologies might not be the best known network technologies internationally, but clearly the Chinese market demands differently.

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The rest of the Chinese Huawei G8 aka the Huawei Maimang 4 has pretty much the same specs. The only difference is that the slower cluster of cores on the Snapdragon 616 is clocked at 1.2GHz rather than 1.0GHz as on the 615. The phone has a 5.5-inch FHD display, 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB/32GB ROM and 13 mega-pixel / 5 mega-pixel cameras.

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16 Comments

  1. realjjj
    July 31, 2015

    The tech press missed what Mediatek said in their results call today. They are going 16ff in the first half of next year in the high end.To make it even more fun,they are going 16ff in mainsteam in the second half. This is quite a bit sooner than expected and it seems to be a reaction to what some competitor is planning so next year should be fun,even in mainstream.

    • Technerd
      July 31, 2015

      What is 16ff ?I hope the x20 is good.

      • realjjj
        July 31, 2015

        http://www.tsmc.com/english/dedicatedFoundry/technology/16nm.htm

        X20 is on 20nm, their current products are on 28nm.

        • David Košič
          August 1, 2015

          Lol congrats Samsung has already switch to even smaller cores like a year ago.

          • realjjj
            August 1, 2015

            “Lol congrats Samsung has already switch to even smaller cores like a year ago.”

            See you could have stayed silent instead of showing us how clueless you are. Go figure out what a process is and what a core is.

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  2. Zami
    July 31, 2015

    This phone is a direct competitor of the Galaxy A7 and A8 .
    But I am more interested in this one then the galaxies .
    G7 was a smooth running excellent phone .
    It should be great too .

  3. Fly agaric
    July 31, 2015

    Snap615 is very warm, so guess how it’s gonna be with this 616 …

    • David Košič
      August 1, 2015

      well they could have gone with mediatek if they had no desires to update the phone at all.

      • Guaire
        August 1, 2015

        BS.

  4. Freeje
    July 31, 2015

    Slower cluster on the 616 is clocked at 1.0Ghz rather than 1.2Ghz?

    • David Košič
      August 1, 2015

      no it’s the other way around 616 has the 1.2 Ghz cores and the 615 has the 1 Ghz cores.

  5. Steven Fox
    August 1, 2015

    They could have solved the heating issues? Just kidding, I`m sure it will overheat as well, but maybe Huawei made a better cooling solution.
    I really don`t get why they don`t use their Kirin 620-630 SoC instead of the S616?
    I think it`s because of western buyers that trust on Qualcomm to deliver, I might be from the West, but I`m no sucker to go for the S810/615.

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      December 16, 2017

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