According to some sources, Huawei insiders revealed that the company will launch a new Kirin chip tomorrow (May 30). The news pointed out that the new Kirin chip may not be the Kirin 985 that consumers are waiting for, but the new mid-end chip of HiSilicon, namely the Kirin 720, which is the successor of the Kirin 710.
Previously, it was revealed the Kirin 720 will be produced by TSMC and will adopt the 10nm process node. The report also pointed out that Kirin 720 may be Huawei’s last chip using ARM core design.
The Kirin 710 uses a 12nm process. There are four ARM Cortex-A73 cores with the main frequency of 2.2GHz used to handle complex tasks, and the other four ARM Cortex-A53 cores have a frequency of 1.7GHz, which is used to handle general tasks. The graphics processor (GPU) is the ARM Mali G51 MP4, while the Kirin 720 may come with the upgraded GPU and NPU to improve chip performance.
Generally, Kirin’s 7xx series chips are considered to be pseudo-flagship chips. In other words, these SoCs come with many features seen on the flagship models but cost less and are used on mid-range smartphones. As you guess, the Kirin 7xx series chips compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7xx series. As you remember, there are a few top-end models packed with this SoC. Say, VIVO’s X series flagships are packed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7xx line processors. In this sense, the Kirin 720 and its predecessors deserve more attention.
As for Huawei, we are waiting for Nova series models to be packed with it. Although the lower variants of the new Mate and P series phones maybe packed with it as well.