Huawei’s upcoming octa-core processor gets benchmarked, tops the Snapdragon 801

Huawei is working on its very own octa-core chipset solution, that much has been clear ever since we first got word about the upcoming Ascend D3’s specs. This CPU has been a mystery up until now, and it’s expected to go head to head against Samsung’s Exynos Octa solutions as well as MediaTek’s MT6592.

Now though, someone at Huawei has used a device powered by this processor to run the AnTuTu benchmark. The results of that are public, which means we finally get an idea about this chipset’s performance. And it looks like a great high-end contender.

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In AnTuTu, this processor scored higher points than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, with only Nvidia’s Tegra K1 and the Snapdragon 805 being ahead of it. That said, neither of those is anywhere near shipping devices at the moment. The Huawei CPU was clocked at 1.3 GHz in the test, though we’ve heard production models of the next Ascend D series smartphone will have it clocked even higher, at 1.8 GHz. That opens up the perspective of it performing even better on production hardware, once all the kinks have been ironed out.

Huawei is expected to call this chipset the HiSilicon Kirin 920. It’s unclear at the moment whether the Chinese company will use an ARM big.LITTLE design and pair two clusters of four cores to create this part (Samsung’s preferred solution for its Exynos Octa line), or if it will go for 8 identical cores like MediaTek has done for the MT6592. Past rumors favored the former variant, though.

The device that ran the benchmark above comes with a 1080p touchscreen, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front camera, and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat. These may be the specs of the upcoming Ascend D3, or it may have just been some sort of reference board used by Huawei here – it’s impossible to tell right now. The resolution is in line with previous reports on the matter, but the camera was once said to be a 16 MP unit, so don’t take anything for granted just yet.

Compared to when the Ascend D2 was announced last year, 2014’s flagship smartphone from Huawei sure is late to the party. Perhaps this has to do with the readiness of the Kirin 920 chipset, or lack thereof. The Ascend D3 may finally be out in June.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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