For those who have been here long enough, you’ve heard of the name HiSilicon before. It is a fabless semiconductor company that is fully owned by Huawei – and they’re the ones who designed the Kirin system-on-a-chip, or SoC for short. We talked about SoCs in-depth here previously too. HiSilicon is expanding the family of Kirin SoCs by introducing the brand new Kirin 710 SoC.
Based on sources from the internet, we got to know more details of the upcoming Kirin 710. Here are the main highlights of the SoC:
- Fabricated with 12nm process technology by TSMC
- Octa-core processor
- 4x Cortex-A73 at 2.2GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.7GHz
- Mali G51 graphics
- No Neural Processing Unit (NPU)
In terms of naming convention, the Kirin 710 seems to be slotted between the Kirin 659 and Kirin 970 that are available in the market right now. The Kirin 710 is expected to be competing against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 – and it isn’t a coincident that they have the same number in their names.
However, let’s not forget there were rumors of the upcoming Kirin 670 that was said to have an integrated NPU. That wouldn’t make sense for the Kirin 670 to have an NPU as the Kirin 710 doesn’t have an NPU.
With that said, the upcoming Huawei Nova 3i – model number INE-LX2 – is expected to be a mid-range smartphone with 6.3-inch screen with 2340×1080 resolution, Kirin 710, 4GB of RAM and also has 128GB of storage. It is equipped with Android 8.1 Oreo and has EMUI 8.2.0 as well. It’s powered by a 3,340mAh battery.
As for the cameras, the Nova 3i will have a 16MP + 2MP rear-facing cameras and a 24MP + 2MP selfie cameras. Those 2MP cameras are for information collection, presumably for depth sensing for features like bokeh and also Huawei’s very own 3D Qmoji.
There is also a 3DMark benchmark result of the upcoming Huawei Nova 3i. From the looks of it, the Kirin 710 is rather powerful.
It seems like Huawei Malaysia will be bringing in the Nova 3i into the market soon too, as searching INE-LX2 in SIRIM reveals that the phone has already passed SIRIM certification. Funny enough, the Nova 3i does not support AC WiFi.
Obviously, we don’t have the pricing and availability just yet. We’ll have to wait for the launch event for that. Expect the launch to be soon since the phone has already passed SIRIM certification. Perhaps it’ll be a “by the way” thing and launch together with the Huawei Nova 3.