The chipset is one of the first to use TSMC’s 16nm FinFET Plus process for improved efficiency. It also has a tarted up octa-core processor. The cores are arranged 4 x Cortex-A72 and 4 x Cortex-A53 instead of the old mid-range offering of just eight Cortex-A53 cores.
The chipset uses ARM’s flagship Mali-T880 GPU so the pictures should look pretty.
Then there is the faster LPDDR4 RAM and the new i5 sensor hub that’s apparently 90 percent more efficient. There is a more powerful image signal processor and a single-chip radio solution that still supports carrier aggregation and global bands.
Perhaps more importantly for users like us is that the Kirin 950 will maintain a 60fps UI rendering in most scenarios and a battery life of up to two days.
Either way it is an impressive chipset spec and if Huawei manages to turn the rest of the product into something good then there will be some smartphone companies out there who will be in a bit of a spin.