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Everything about HiSilicon Kirin chipset

The Kirin chip solution is the leading intelligent mobile phone chip solution of HiSilicon owned by Huawei Technologies Ltd.  With its advanced SoC architecture and leading production technology along with its integrated application of single chip processor (AP), Kirin has reached the leading level in the world when it comes to processors.

Next-generation smartphones are always using either Snapdragon or Kirin processors these days. Both of the processors are at their peaks with their uniqueness.

But today, we’ll introduce with the Kirin chipset. So without further ado, let’s jump into the topic.


Kirin 620

Kirin 620, Huawei’s first octa-core processor, has the Octa-core Cortex-A53 architecture design, which focuses on the balance between the power consumption and the performance. Besides, it also focuses on Mali-450 MP4 and LPDDDR3 memory. Kirin 620 also supports the maximum 150 Mbit/s LTE Cat.4.

When it comes to performance, the processor is one of a kind that will definitely impress you. Kirin 620 has impeccable performance, endurance, function, and network connectivity.  Huawei Kirin 620, designed for mid-range devices, this chipset is a solid performer.

With 64-bit architecture CPU, the Kirin 620 comes with 8 cores, clocked at 1.2GHz. Based on the Cortex-A53 with LPDDR3 RAM support, it is a 28 nm chip.

You literally don’t need to worry about the connectivity. It offers Cat.4 LTE for speeds up to 150Mbps. Moreover, it has GSM / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / TD-LTE /LTE FDD support as well. The GPU is used is a Mali 450 MP4, which can be little dated to you.

Kirin 620 supports 13MP sensor camera while you can handle up to 1080p resolutions at 30Hz video encoding and decoding capability with it.

To sum up, the new Kirin 620 from Huawei is set to be a fairly mid-level SoC. Its performance is quite comparable to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410. Both the Kirin 620 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 are 64-bit chips with a clock speed of 1.2GHz. But since Kirin 620 has 8 cores, it gets the platform of advantage. In the long run, The Mali 450 GPU could potentially be a drawback, but for now, Huawei seems to have a massive market share contender which is an advantage.


Kirin 650

The Huawei Kirin 650 is structured on the 16nm FinFET plus process from TSMC. This is more powerful than the 28nm process used by rivals such as Helio X10 and even Snapdragon 616.

The chip comes with ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture with 4 x Cortex A53 cores and 4 x Cortex A53 cores that are clocked at 2.0GHz and cat 1.7GHz respectively. There’s an upgrade as compared to the previous generation, even in the GPU department. Kirin 650 is using the Mali T830 MP2 Dual-core GPU. This is which big upgrade from Kirin 620. Moreover, in the CPU department, as the company claims, the new-gen chip made an improvement of 60%. On the other hand, in the GPU department, you’ll find a 100% increase in performance.

Kirin 650 also aids the CPU in various tasks as it comes with the i5 co-processor.  The co-processor can handle some specific tasks much more efficiently as it consumes low power. There’s the ISP that is self-developed by the company. It will help you to adjust the dynamic range and support hybrid technology focus. The hybrid technology focus makes sure you can take better pictures with your smartphone repeatedly. Need help with your mobile payment and call encryption?

The Kirin 650 has its own HiSEE security solution. This will help you with mobile payments, call encryption, etc. The new wireless chip Hi1102 is also a feature of Kirin 650.  This wireless chip supports infrared, FM, GPS, Compass, etc. Most chips these days supports its standard connectivity features.

Kirin 650 is still one of the important chips for the company now despite its mid-range placement. The reason for this is, the chip comes with support for a wide number of networks. In other words, you’ll get the full NetCom support with it.

Soon the chip will support TD-LTE /  FDD-LTE / TD-SDCMA / WCDMA / GSM and even CDMA networks as the company claims. Further, you will get the Cat. 7 LTE support that speeds of up to 300 Mbps. You’ll also get the VOLTE support along with these features.

Interestingly, you won’t get the full NetCom support with Huawei 5C powered by this Kirin 650. We were quite surprised by this because the chip is capable of having this support for the additional networks. Later, reports from China showed it’s for the need for Software Optimization.  Maybe in the future, we can have such support. In the Benchmark test for Kirin 650, it has a lower score than Helio X10. But there’s no room for disappointment as it already has tons of feature to impress us.


Kirin 710

The Kirin 710, aims to bring the 12 nm node in a wide range. Huawei’s Kirin 710 will definitely put you in awe if you see its performance and power efficiency gains. With high performance and great power efficiency, Kirin 710 brings smoother running and greater gaming experience.

There are four high-performance Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four low-power Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. For these, it has got75%better single-core and68% improved multi-core speeds.

With the combination of the GPU Mali-G51, MP4 Kirin 710  is said to be 1.3 times faster than its predecessor too.

Kirin 710’s AI-powered scene recognition for photography, makes your photography experience easier. Besides, it will, of course, make sure you take stunning photos even if you are not a pro.

You will now have the upgraded version of the DSP and ISP that offer significant improvement in the camera department, especially when you’re taking pictures on low light. The SoC also comes with scene recognition and face unlock. If you want to have dual SIM and dual 4G VoLTE then Kirin 710 brings good news for you as it supports both. It is also coupled with TEE technology that provides reliable security protection for mobile users. Moreover, Kirin 710 comes with LTE Cat. 12 and Cat. 13. If you want ultra-responsive experience with supercomputing power, Kirin 710 is the right choice for you.


Kirin 910

Kirin 910 features the 28-nm HPM packaging process, Quad-core Cortex-A9 architecture, and Mali-450 GPU as the first generation of the Kirin solutions. So that users can have longer standby time while enjoying the fast and smooth user experience, it supports the LTE 4G network.

For smartphones and tablets, the HiSilicon Kirin 910 brought to you as an ARM-based Quad-core SoC for Android. Huawei fully owns the HiSilicon, so the chip is mostly used in Huawei models like the Media X1, P6S, MediaPad M1, and Honor 3C 4G. With four Cortex A9 cores (at 1.6 GHz max) and an ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU (at 533 MHz), the SoC is becoming a beast.

A 32-bit single-channel LPDDR3-1600 memory controller (533 MHz) and an LTE Cat. 4 radio makes it more premium and powerful. You’ll find a similar version of this with 200 MHz higher clocked (CPU), named HiSilicon Kirin 910T. This mid-range SoC was announced in mid-2014. You’ll see that the power consumption of this chip is quite higher than usual. This is because the CPU cores are rather high clock.

Kirin 970

Kirin 970 Huawei’s next-generation chipset for smartphones has been announced as it made its arrival. It comes with Neural Processing Unit (or NPU), as Huawei calls it. This brings on-device AI capabilities. The new chipset beast comes with the Octa-core CPU with 4×2.4GHz Cortex-A73. Moreover, you are getting the 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores, as well as a 12-core Mali-G72MP12 GPU.

Kirin 970 is built on a 10nm process. On a single square centimeter, the SoC contains some 5.5 billion transistors. The Kirin 970 won’t disappoint you with its new beastly performance. It comes with the new heterogeneous computing architecture. With this, you’ll get up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency.

In other words, it is 50x greater in efficiency than your typical Quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster. This will outperform other chips on the market in AI tasks.

Huawei states it’s opening up the Kirin 970 to developers to find practical uses, as this AI prowess needs actual applications. You’ll have better noise reduction in low light and improved photos through automatic tailoring of image parameters to the particular object and scene because of the new dual ISP. For new autofocus system, phase and contrast detection 4-Hybrid comes as Huawei’s moniker. Furthermore, the chip comes with 4.5G Cat.18 LTE for download speeds up to 1.2Gbps.

Kirin chipset

Kirin 980

Kirin 980 is the first 7nm chipset, which is said to be 37% faster than its previous chips. On 2018, on IFA in Berlin, Huawei announced its flagship SoC. The company basically created it to power up the Mate- 20 series. Kirin 980 is the ultimate beast that promises you plenty of power and efficiency gains.

Kirin 980 comes with 8-core CPU design with 2x high-performance Cortex-A76 cores and 2x “power-efficient” Cortex-A76 cores. If we want to focus on the graphics acceleration, then we see that the SoC has Mali-G76 GPU which was announced back in May 2018. It offers absolutely tremendous performance and efficiency gains compared to its predecessor Mali-G72 in the Kirin 970.

The GPU outperforms the previous generation by 46% and saves 178% more power according to the press release. If you are running a demanding game, the new clock-boosting technology recognizes what the game needs and provides optimal gaming performance. Overall, it gives 37% better performance than its predecessor Kirin 970.

Kirin 980 is also the first chip to support 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory and incorporates a dedicated dual NPU chip. The “Dual-Brain Power” can help recognize up to 4,500 images per minute, which is around 120% faster than the NPU chip on the Kirin 970 SoC. Moreover, Kirin 980 has 8.9 billion transistors crammed inside a 1cm² die. In addition, it has got 1.4Gbps Cat 21 LTE modem and blazing fast WiFi. These speed of up to 1,732Mbps peak download/upload speeds.

Kirin 980 has advanced new ISP in it that delivers a 46% increase in data throughput. Overall, you are going to experience better multi-camera support.

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