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Huawei Unveils Mate 9 HiSilicon Kirin 960 Smartphone with 5.9″ display, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage

November 4th, 2016 8 comments

Hisilicon Kirin 960 is one of the most powerful ARM mobile processor to date with four ARM Cortex A73 cores up to 2.4 GHz, four low power Cortex A53 cores, and a Mali G71MP8 GPU. It was expected in Huawei Mate 9 smartphone, but we did not have that many details, and now the company has made it official.

huawei-mate-9Huawei Mate 9 specifications:

  • SoC – HUAWEI/HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor with 4 Cortex A73 cores @ up to 2.4 GHz A73, four Cortex A53 cores at up to 1.8 GHz, a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, and i6 co-processor/sensor hub
  • System Memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 64GB UFS 2.0 flash + micro SD card slot up to 256 GB
  • Display – 5.9″ FHD (1920 x 1080) display, 373ppi, 16.7M colors
  • Audio – 4x microphones, stereo? speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack!
  • Cellular connectivity
    • MHA-L29 model: dual SIM support (one share with micro SD slot)
      • SIM1: 4G TDD and FDD LTE, 3G UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, 3G TD-SCDMA, CDMA EV-DO Rev.A (China Telecom only), 2G GSM
      • SIM2: 3G UMTS (Band 1/2/4/5/6/8/19), CDMA: BC0 (800MHz) only for China Telecom, 2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    • MHA-L09 model: single SIM support with 4G TDD & FDD LTE, 3G UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, 3G TD-SCDMA, 2G GSM
  • Wireless connectivity – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS, NFC
  • Camera
    • 20 MP monochrome + 12 MP RGB rear camera, F2.2, OIS (Optical image stabilization), BSI CMOS, Dual-tone flash, PDAF+CAF+Laser+Depth auto focus,2x Hybrid zoom, 4K H.265 / H.264 video recording
    • 8MP front-facing camera with autofocus, F1.9
  • USB – 1x USB type C (high speed) port
  • Sensors – Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, IR
  • Battery – 4,000 mAh good for about two days typical usage, 20 hours video playback, 105 hours music playback, 30 hours of 3G voice calls and 20 hours of 4G browser; About 1 day charge is possible in 20 minutes thanks to 5A charging current.
  • Dimensions – 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm (All metal body)
  • Weight – 190 grams

The phone will run Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.0 skin, and ship with a audio headset, a  charger, a USB-C cable, a USB-C to Micro USB adapter, an eject tool, a Quick Start Guide, and a Matte case. Beside faster processor, memory and storage, and a larger display, the phone comes with dual rear cameras for better photos, as well as large battery to longer use between charges.

The phone is expected to sell for 699 Euros inc. VAT in Europe by the end of the year, as well as in other locales but pricing and availability have not been disclosed so far. If you are financially well-off, you could also consider the Porsche edition with more memory (6GB), more storage (128 GB), a smaller 5.5″ display, and a 1395 Euros price tag.

HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa Core Application Processor Features ARM Cortex A73 & A53 Cores, Mali G71 MP8 GPU

October 20th, 2016 2 comments

Following on Kirin 950 processor found in Huawei Mate 8, P9, P9 Max & Honor 8 smartphones, Hisilicon has now unveiled Kirin 960 octa-core processor with four ARM Cortex A73 cores, four Cortex A53 low power cores, a Mali G71 MP8 GPU, and an LTE Cat.12 modem.

kirin-960-block-diagram

The table below from Anandtech compares features and specifications of Kirin 950 against the new Kirin 960 processor.

SoC Kirin 950 Kirin 960
CPU 4x Cortex A72 (2.3 GHz)
4x Cortex A53 (1.8 GHz)
4x Cortex A73 (2.4 GHz)
4x Cortex A53 (1.8 GHz)
Memory
Controller
LPDDR3-933
or LPDDR4-1333
(hybrid controller)
LPDDR4-1800
GPU ARM Mali-T880MP4
@ 900 MHz
ARM Mali-G71MP8
@ 900 MHz
Interconnect ARM CCI-400 ARM CCI-550
Encode/
Decode
1080p H.264
Decode & Encode2160p30 HEVC
Decode
2160p30 HEVC & H.264
Decode & Encode2160p60 HEVC
Decode
Camera/ISP Dual 14bit ISP
940MP/s
Improved
Dual 14bit ISP
Sensor Hub i5 i6
Storage eMMC 5.0 UFS 2.1
Integrated
Modem
Balong Integrated
UE Cat. 6 LTE
Integrated
UE Cat. 12 LTE
4x CA
4×4 MIMO

ARM claims 30% “sustained” performance improvement between Cortex A72 and Cortex A73,  but the GPU should be where the performance jump is more significant, as ARM promises a 50 percent increase in graphics performance, and a 20 percent improvement in power efficiency with Mali G71 compared the previous generation (Mali-T880). Kirin 960 also integrates twice the GPU cores compared to Kirin 950, and some GPU benchmarks provided by Hisilicon/Huawei confirm the theory with over 100% performance improvement in both Manhattan 1080p offscreen and T-Rex offscreen GFXBench 4.0 benchmarks.

kirin960-gpu-performance
The first smartphone to feature Kirin 960 is likely to be Huawei Mate 9 rumored to come with a 5.9″ 2K display, 6GB RAM, and 256 UFS flash.

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview Release

May 19th, 2016 No comments

Google I/O 2016 has started, and among several announcements, Google released Android Wear 2.0 develop preview which according to the company is the “most significant update” since the launch of Android Wear two years ago.

Android_Wear_2.0Some noticeable changes include:

  • Standalone apps Android Wear apps can now access the Internet directly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular, without relying on a paired smartphone or tablet.
  • New system UI – New notification design and app launcher, as well as a new watch face picker.
  • Material design for wearables
  • Keyboard and handwriting input methods added
  • Google Fit platform – Improvements to the Google Fit platform make it easier to app developers to use fitness data and detect activity.
  • Android N Support – Data Saver, Java 8 Lambda support, emojis, etc…

A new Complication API has also been added to display small pieces of information directly on the watch face.

Preview images for LGE Watch Urbane 2nd Edition and Huawei Watch, so you can give it a try if you own any of these two smartwatches, or alternatively you could run the preview in the emulator. Bear in mind that it only a developer preview, so there should still be some bugs. Android Studio v2.1.1 is required for development on Android Wear 2.0.

Huawei Quick Charging Li-Ion Batteries Promise 10 Times Faster Charge

November 15th, 2015 1 comment

Watt Lab, part of Huawei’s Central Research Institute, has demonstrated new fast charging batteries for smartphone and tablets at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan. The lab claims these new batteries can be charged 10 times faster than normal batteries, reaching about 50% capacity in a 5 minutes for a 3,000 mAh battery.

Huawei_quick_charging_batteryTwo video demos were uploaded online both using a special charger for the battery only, and compared it to a mobile phone charge with a power adapter.

The first demo includes a depleted 600 mAh filled to 68% in just 2 minutes.

The second demo is quite similar but with a 3,000 mAh battery (620 Wh/L energy density) charged to 48% in 5 minutes.

That means you could get about half day worth of battery with a 5 minute charge. The feat can apparently be achieved by adding “heteroatoms“:

According to Huawei, the company bonded heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. Huawei stated that the heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.

There are other existing quick charging technologies. For example, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 can fill a battery to 65% in less than 30 minutes, so Huawei technology is several times faster, probably 3 to 5 times faster (Qualcomm did not divulge the battery capacity with their numbers).

It’s unclear if smartphones will need removable batteries for fast charging, or whether in the future, the new batteries can be charged inside the phone. Huawei did not give any clues as to when the battery might become available to consumers.

Via Liliputing and XDA Developers

Categories: Hardware, Video Tags: battery, huawei, smartphone

Huawei Kirin 950 Octa-core Processor Comes with 4 Cortex A72 Cores, 4 Cortex A53 Cores, and a Sensor Hub

November 5th, 2015 5 comments

Smartphone based on MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) processor with 10 cores including two Cortex A72 cores should start shipping next month, but MediaTek will soon be joined by another Asian company with a mobile SoC with Cortex A72 cores with Huawei that has recently demonstrated their Kirin 950 Octa-core processor with four Cortex A72 coers and four Cortex A53 cores, achieving over 82,000 points in Antutu 5.6 (why an older version?) on a reference board.

Huawei_Kirin_950_Antutu

For reference the top 10 Antutu scores so far in 2015, only got as high as ~77,000 points fro Meizu Pro 5.  Since the benchmark was run on a reference, it’s possible the score will drop once it’s in a tighter package.

Some key features of Kirin 950 processors:

  • CPU – 4x Cortex A72 cores @ 2.3 GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores @ 1.8 GHz
  • GPU – ARM Mali-T880MP4 GPU @ 900 MHz
  • Co-processor – i5 sensing co-processor / sensor hub (As low as 6.5 mA)
  • Dual 14-bit Dual ISP 960/s with standalone DSP
  • 5 Mode LTE Cat6 Modem
  • Memory – LPDDR3/4
  • Peripherals – USB, HSIC, SDMMC, DMAC…
  • 4K video support
  • Process – TSMC 16nm FinFET+
Kirin_950_Block_Diagram

Kirin 950 Block Diagram

The company also mentioned that they decreased power consumption by up to 60 percent (compared to their processor using TSMC 28nm Process) thanks the 16nm FinFet+ manufacturing,  its new i5 co-processor that “consumes” 6.5 mA instead of 90 mA on the previous i3 co-processor, lower power consumption GPS (Fused Location Provider) and more.

Kirin 950 processor might be found in Huawei Mate 8 smartphone which could possibly launch on November 26

Via Liliputing, Mydrivers, Anzhuo, and Android Central

Google Officially Unveils Nexus 5X & 6P Android 6.0 Smartphones

September 30th, 2015 No comments

Google released Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” SDK and final preview last month, and the first stable Android 6.0 release is expected on the first week of October on recent Nexus devices, including the latest Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P just announced by Google.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Here are the specs of the two phones:

  • LG Nexus 5X Specifications
    • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (MSM8992) dual core Cortex-A57 @ 1.82 GHz  and quad core Cortex-A53 @ 1.44 GHz with Adreno 418 GPU
    • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3
    • Storage – 16 or 32GB storage, no micro SD slot
    • Display – 5.2″ capacitive touchscreen (1920×1080 resolution), Gorilla Glass 3 with fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Audio – Front facing speaker, 3 microphones with noise cancellation, 3.5mm audio jack
    • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC
    • Cellular Connectivity
      • All versions – GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; single nano SIM card
      • North America – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8; CDMA: BC0/1/10; LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29; LTE (TDD): B41; LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
      • Hong Kong –  UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/5/8; LTE (FDD): B1/3/7/8/26; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41
        LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B3-B3, B3-B7, B3-B8, B41-B41
      • Rest of world –  UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19; CDMA: not supported; LTE (FDD): B1/2 /3/ 4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/26/28; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41; LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B1-B5, B1-B7, B1-B8, B1-B18, B1-B19, B1-B26, B3-B3, B3-B5, B3-B7, B3-B8, B3-B19, B3-B20, B3-B28, B5-B7, B7-B7, B7-B20, B7-B28, B40-B40, B41-B41
    • Camera
      • 12.3 MP rear autofocus camera with dual flash
      • Video capture up to 4K @ 30Hz
      • Slow motion at 120 fps
      • 5 MP front-facing camera
    • USB – 1x USB type-C connector
    • Sensors – Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and hall sensor
    • Battery – 2700 mAh Battery
    • Dimensions – 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
    • Weight – 136 grams
  • Huawei Nexus 6P specifications:
    • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 (MSM8994v2) quad-core ARM Cortex A57 at up to 2 GHz and quad-core A53 with Adreno 430 GPU
    • System Memory – 3GB LPDDR4
    • Storage – 32, 64, or 128GB storage, no micro SD slot
    • Display – 5.7″ capacitive touchscreen (2560×1440 resolution), Gorilla Glass 4 with fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Audio – Dual front facing stereo speakers, 3 microphones with noise cancellation, 3.5mm audio jack
    • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC
    • Cellular Connectivity
      • All versions – GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; single nano SIM card
      • North America – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8; CDMA: BC0/1/10; LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30; LTE (TDD): B41; CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
      • Hong Kong – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/5/8; LTE (FDD): B1/3/7/8/26; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41; LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B3-B3, B3-B7, B3-B8, B41-B41
      • Rest of world – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19; CDMA: not supported; LTE (FDD): B1/2 /3/ 4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/26/28; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41; LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B1-B5, B1-B7, B1-B8, B1-B18, B1-B19, B1-B26, B3-B3, B3-B5, B3-B7, B3-B8, B3-B19, B3-B20, B3-B28, B5-B7, B7-B7, B7-B20, B7-B28, B40-B40, B41-B41
    • Camera
      • 12.3 MP rear autofocus camera with dual flash (No optical image stabilization)
      • Video capture up to 4K @ 30Hz
      • Slow motion at 120 fps
      • 8 MP front-facing camera
    • USB – 1x USB type-C connector
    • Sensors – Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor , digital compass, and Hall sensor.
    • Battery – 3450 mAh Battery
    • Dimensions – 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
    • Weight – 178 grams

Both phones are clearly high-end phones with fast processors, sufficient memory for most users, and plenty of storage, but there aren’t any innovations that aren’t already found in many phones, except maybe Bluetooth 4.2 and the USB Type-C connector. The two Nexus phones also lack a micro SD slot, abd only come with a single nano SIM card. The strength of the phones are support for Android Marshmallow and the 18-month firmware update window.

Nexus 5X price starts at $379 and Nexus 6P at $499 with 32GB storage, and goes up to $649 with 128GB storage in the US.You can find more details on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P product pages.

Huawei Watch May Be the Best Looking Android Wear Smartwatch So Far

March 2nd, 2015 3 comments

If you think Motorola Moto 360 looks good, but find the black zone at the bottom of the display ruins it all, Huawei Watch may be what you’ve been looking for, with a similar rounded shape design, Android Wear, and when it is in watch mode it really looks like a standard watch without obstructions.

 

Huawei_WatchLet’s go through the specifications first:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ8026) quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with Adreno 305 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB ROM
  • Display – 1.4″ full circle AMOLED display; 400×400, 286ppi; Sapphire crystal
  • Audio – Built-in MIC
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0/4.1
  • Sensors – Gyroscope + Accelerometer, PPG (photoplethysmogram – for heart rate), Barometer, Vibration Motor
  • Misc – Watch button at 2 o’clock
  • Battery – 300mAh
  • Material – Watch: 316L Stainless Steel; Watchband: stainless steel or leather
  • Dimension – 42mm diameter by 11.3mm thickness
  • Weight – N/A

The watch runs Android Wear, and is available in Silver, Black, or Gold colors. The package includes a charging cradle, a USB Cable, a power adapter, and a Quick Start Guide. Like other Android Wear smartwatches, it will interface with your smartphone over Bluetooth LE, and exchange data allowing you to receive notifications, send SMS, check email, answer calls, get directions with GPS data, use “OK Google” voice search, and so on. You’ll have a choice of over 40 different watch faces, and the watch can also be used as a fitness tracker thanks to sensors like PPG.

You can watch the promo video below, where Huawei interviewed some “random” people that just happen to look like models, and want a “timeless design” for their watch.

The company has not talked about price yet, but you’ll be able to buy Huawei Watch around June in more than 20 countries including United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates. Visit Huawei Watch product page for more details. Huawei also released  Talkband N1 headphones + activity tracker, and Talkband B2 fitness band / BT headset. You can get more information about these two on Huawei MWC page.

Huawei Introduces Kirin 620 Octa Core Cortex A53 LTE SoC for Smartphones

December 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Huawei / Hisilicon has announced a new 64-bit ARM processor with Kirin 620 featuring eight ARM Cortex A53 cores coupled with a Mali-450MP GPU, as well as an LTE Cat4 modem.

Kirin_620Key specifications of this application processor include:

  • CPU – 8x ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.2 GHz
  • GPU – Mali-450MP4 GPU
  • Memory – LPDDR3
  • Camera – 13MP, ZSL (Zero Shutter Lag), HDR
  • Video – Decode & Encode: 1080p30 H.264
  • Cellular connectivity – LET Cat4 150M/50M, HSPA+ Cat24 42M / Cat6 5.76M, TDS R7 2.8M/2.2M, GSM R6 Class33
  • Voice Solution – VoLTE/eSRVCC, CSFB, SGLTE, DSDA, DSDS
  • Peripherals – USB, HSIC, SD/MMC, DMAC
  • Process – 28 nm

Kiron_620_block_diagram

That’s about all I know so far. Hisilicon mobile SoCs have not found their way in many handsets in the past, apart from Huawei smartphones. We’ll see if that one becomes more popular.

Via AndroidPC.es and Android Headlines.