Huawei’s Kirin 920 pips Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 in benchmark

Huawei’s Kirin 920 pips Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 in benchmarkWe don’t place too much stock in smartphone benchmarks; give us some real-world performance any day. That being said, they are vaguely interesting on occasion, admittedly.

That’s the case here, with Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 920 processor pipping the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 in a benchmark thingy.

Of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor first arrived at Mobile World Congress (MWC) just last week.

We figured it was too early for the QS805, and indeed it’s the QS801 fuelling the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. It doesn’t get much more high-end than that.

Alas, said processor has seemingly been outpaced by the even newer Huawei Kirin 920 chip, with the scores coming in at 36,469 and 37,363 respectively.

The Huawei Kirin 920 is said to fuel the imminent Ascend D3, which supposedly has an ETA of June. In China, at least.

We’re told the Huawei Kirin 920 has two pairs of four cores (4x Cortex-A7 and 4x Cortex A-15), with only one pair functioning at a time – that being an example of big.LITTLE cluster migration.

The idea is that the power-hungry big boys only come into play when necessary, as opposed to heterogeneous multi-processing where all cores work simultaneously.

Technologies supposedly supported by the Kirin 920 include LTE, and camera sensors up to 32MP in size.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Kirin 920-powered Huawei Ascend D3 makes much of an impression internationally, but sounds like it’ll be pretty hot on the processing front regardless.

via: GizChina

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spruceyb  Mar. 7, 2014 at 17:28

Not bad benchmarks but in real world terms I'm betting the Snapdragon will ace it.

Mostly due to things like Qualcomm-optimized Dalvik & Bionic libraries and optimization of other task using the HexagonDSP.

Oh and the fabrication process used on Kirin remains to be seen.

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