Kirin 950 SoC outperforms competition in first benchmarks
Judging only by its specifications, the Huawei’s upcoming Kirin 950 SoC looks like a really strong contenter to join the mobile processor race. It will be manufactured by TSMC using the 16-nm FinFET production process and come with eight computing cores, four of which will be the mighty Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz. However, we don’t have to judge Kirin 950’s performance by paper specs only, as it has been finally benchmarked. And it seems that its direct competitor, Samsung’s Exynos 7420 (used in Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 series), might have trouble retaining its top position among mobile processors.
The popular Geekbench benchmark has been run on an engineering sample of Kirin 950. The Huawei’s SoC scored 1909 in the single-core test and 6096 in the multi-core test. That’s significantly higher that the 1486 and 4970 points scored by Samsung’s chip for single-core and multi-core, respectively.
Kirin 950 will allegedly make its way to the market inside handsets like Huawei Ascend Mate 8, which should be launched in early 2016. In the meantime, the competition might get even fiercer when Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 is launched at the end of this year.