At the top of HiSilicon mobile CPU lineup, Huawei currently has the Kirin 970 chipset. The high-end chipset is found in devices like the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and the affordable Honor View 10 as well. It is also the first chipset from the company to feature a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), something that immensely speeds up artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) tasks. Now, it looks like the Kirin 670 will be given a significant upgrade compared to the Kirin 659.
Huawei will turn its mid-range Kirin smartphone chipset into a more intelligent SoC so that it can be used in mid-range Huawei and Honor smartphones that would be released later this year. Over at Qualcomm, the company recently announced the Snapdragon 700 series mobile platform which brings a lot features from the Snapdragon 800 such as dedicated cores for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) related tasks, Spectra ISP, faster 4G LTE and Quick Charge 4+ rapid battery charging.
Kirin 670: TSMC’s 12nm Process, Cortex-A72 Cores
Similarly, Huawei is bringing high-end features to its Kirin 600 series chipsets, starting with the Kirin 670. One of the things that we will be excited to see is a dedicated NPU for faster AI and ML tasks. We’re not yet finished because it is not just making a smarter smartphone, but a faster one at that. The Kirin 670 has been reported to carry ARM’s powerful Cortex-A72 CPU cores that are paired with power-efficient Cortex-A53 CPU cores to provide the ultimate package in an affordable Android mid-ranger.
According to the latest specifications from MyDrivers, the Kirin 670 will be processed on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET architecture. The chipset will feature two ARM Cortex-A72 CPU cores, four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores, ARM Mali-G72 MP4 GPU, and a dedicated NPU. The clock speeds of the CPU cores and the GPU haven’t been revealed yet, and we might get to know more about the chipset in the coming months. We can surely expect features like 4G LTE connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, and some form of rapid charging in Huawei’s upcoming chipset.
Kirin 670: An Upgrade Over Kirin 659
The current mid-range mobile chipset from Huawei, the Kirin 659, sports an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU that is paired with ARM’s Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. Obviously, these are not the most impressive set of specifications to be seen from Huawei’s chipset lineup, but as markets for the cheaper phones are getting more and more prevalent, Huawei also needs to focus on more affordable devices. Compared to the Kirin 659, the Kirin 670 will feature a much more powerful CPU, and it will be much faster in single-core CPU tasks.
The release of the Kirin 670 will certainly prepare the company’s rivals such as Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and others to dedicate a significant portion of its time and resources on cheaper smartphones. There is no official announcement of the Kirin 670, but we’ll continue to update you on this topic.