Huawei Mobile, like Apple, is one of the only phone brands that makes its own processors. And its latest one, the Kirin 960, looks to be a winner.

Huawei Kirin 960

The Kirin 960 combines four high-powered 2.4GHz ARM Cortex A73 cores and four lower-powered 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores. This arrangement is fairly common, allowing the SoC to allocate resources to tasks depending on power and battery life considerations. According to figures provided by Huawei, the Kirin 960 beats Apple's A10, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 and Samsung's Exynos 8890 in the multi-threaded Geekbench 4 test, and is second only to the A10 (though by a large margin) when considering only one core.

During the briefing, Huawei took the example of benchmark scores and showed that while the A10 Fusion chipset inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is faster in a single-core test, the Kirin 960 leads the way in multi-core testing. However, Huawei says that faster random read/write speeds thanks to UFS 2.1 storage allows the Kirin 960 to ‘feel faster‘ than other chipsets.

The Kirin 960 will most likely power Huawei's upcoming, long-rumored Huawei Mate 9, which will also likely feature the popular dual lens camera setup found on the Huawei P9.