When Huawei announced the Kirin 710 chipset, the company promised to deliver a performance equal to the Snapdragon 710. However, the chip was only capable of competing against the Snapdragon 660, a-year old chip, by then. And the Kirin 710 was Huawei’s go to chip for almost all of their and Honor’s mid-range phones. So, when the company released the Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 810 chipset, it came as a relief to Huawei fans.
When it comes to the phone chip-sets, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are immensely popular. The company has segregated its chipsets into budget, midrange and flagship segments. And almost all of these processors are leading their respective segments. In that run, the recently launched midrange Snapdragon 730 processor also made quite a mark in the market. It recorded a remarkable 210,052 score in AnTuTu benchmark, amazing everyone. And probably no one thought there could be a better mid-range chip. However, the Kirin 810 (used on the Huawei Nova 5) scored a whopping 237,437 score, a notable 13% performance lead over the SD730.
Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 810 chipset Overview:
The Kirin 710 was based on a 12nm fabrication technique, which made it slightly inefficient than the Snapdragon 675 (11 nm) and the SD 710 (10 nm). And the SD 730 left it far behind with its 8 nm architecture. But, Huawei after taking a long time, finally has one-upped Qualcomm by launching a 7 nm mid-range chipset. But the Kirin 810 leads not only because of its nanometer architecture.
Also, the Kirin 810 SoC houses an eight-core CPU. These cores comprise of two high-performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores, which clocks at 2.27 GHz. And the six power-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores tick at 1.88 GHz. With this CPU setup, the Kirin 810 promises 11% better single-core and 13% better multi-core performance than the SD730.
In addition, Huawei has replaced the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU with Mali-G52 MP6 GPU. With this new GPU, Huawei claims to deliver 162% better performance than the Kirin 710. The Mali-G52 MP6 GPU is also a better performer than the Adreno 618 on the SD730. Games and graphics contents are supposed to run with up to 44% higher frame rates.
For the AI-related tasks, Huawei has integrated DaVinci NPU, which is based on the Rubik’s Cube Quantitative Stereo Arithmetic Unit. This NPU is even said to surpass the Snapdragon 855 and MediaTek Helio P90 in the AI-related tasks. However, I have my doubts.
Apart from the AI, this NPU also helps the GPU, CPU, and memory communicate faster. It also aids other components to run more efficiently, which ensures stable performance for prolonged periods.
Furthermore, with the cameras on phones improving significantly time, Huawei has equipped the flagship-grade IVP + ISP with upgraded pixel processing unit into the new SoC. The ISP also features an improved white balance algorithm and noise reduction in RAW image processing. So it might help the cameras deliver better low-light images with sharp and noise-less details.
The SoC first made its debut through Huawei Nova 5. In the coming days, this chipset will eventually come on other mid-tier Huawei and Honor devices as well.