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Huawei remains far behind its competitors: Kirin 710A not competitive in the test

With its midrange P Smart 2021 smartphone, Huawei bets on a processor that was manufactured by a Chinese partner for the first time.
With its midrange P Smart 2021 smartphone, Huawei bets on a processor that was manufactured by a Chinese partner for the first time.
With its first Chinese-manufactured SoC, Huawei did not prove to be competitive - at least not in the price range targeted by the Chinese manufacturer. Even the 230 Euros (~$275) recommended retail price for the P Smart 2021 are much too high for what you get. The potential of the chipset corresponds more to the current entry-level smartphones, and this dilemma may not change in the foreseeable future...

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With its midrange P Smart 2021 model, Huawei uses a processor that is manufactured by its Chinese partner SMIC for the first time. The HiSilicon Kirin 710A is an octa-core SoC that is based on the Kirin 710 but was manufactured in the 14nm-FinFET process. The chipset integrates four Cortex A73 processor cores (2 GHz) and four Cortex A53 cores in the big.LITTLE architecture that have a clock speed of up to 1.7 GHz. The integrated graphics card is a Mali-G51 MP4, which has a weak performance.

But the CPU is not particularly powerful either. In our extensive test of the P Smart 2021, the chipset of the Huawei smartphone limps far behind the Snapdragon competitors. Even a Huawei P smart Pro with the Kirin 710, which already showed some deficits in the performance capabilities, places for the most part ahead of the P Smart 2021. The graphics tests such as the GFXBench benchmarks show a similar picture, only with the performance differences to an Adreno 618 of the Snapdragon 720 and Snapdragon 730 Qualcomm midrange being even more pronounced.    

Even a Mediatek Helio G80 that is used in low-budget smartphones such as the Redmi 9A we recently tested, places ahead of the Kirin 710A in our performance rating.  

If you want to get a more detailed impression of the P Smart 2021 despite its performance deficits, we recommend our extensive review of the Huawei smartphone.

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 258 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
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Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2020-12- 1 (Update: 2020-11-29)