Huawei recently launched its Kirin 960 flagship mobile processor and we’re already hearing that the company has now started developing its next-generation processor. Given the pace at which the Chinese giant is growing in the mobile market and the ambitions that it has, it won’t be surprising to find out if it really has. Word on the street is that Huawei’s next-generation processor will be called Kirin 970 and that it will be based on the 10nm process.
Huawei’s current flagship processor the Kirin 960 is built on the same 16nm FinFET process like its predecessor, the Kirin 950. This is one of the reasons why it’s believed that the next-generation processor is going to tout significant improvements in performance and efficiency.
It’s claimed that the Kirin 970 will be an octacore chip built on the 10nm processor. It may even have support for global LTE.
The company’s decision to jump straight to the 10nm process might have been something to do with announcements recently made by Samsung and Qualcomm. Both companies will be building their next-generation mobile processors – the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 – on Samsung’s 10nm process.
No further details are available right now about the Huawei Kirin 970’s specifications. That’s understandable since this processor won’t really be put into service until next year. Expect it to power Huawei’s flagship devices in 2017.