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Huawei P9 MAX gets Kirin 955 SoC

by on18 March 2016

P9 settles for Kirin 950

April is the time when Huawei is set to launch three new phones, the Huawei P9 MAX, Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Lite.

Our colleagues received a few more details about new phones from Huawei and interestingly enough apart of obvious screen size difference all three phones comes with different SoCs.

The Huawei P9 MAX is the biggest with a 6.2-inch 2K display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and 12-megapixel dual rear cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS) and laser focus. The phone comes with a 3,000 mAh battery and a HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC. This should be the fastest Kirin SoC to date, with an expected frequency between 2.3 and 2.5GHz.

The runner-up is the Huawei P9, a much smaller phone with a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The phone also shares the 12-megapixel dual rear camera with laser focus and 3,000 mAh battery but it uses Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC. The new Kirin 955 should work at 2.5GHz while the Kirin 950 works at 2.3GHz.


If you paid enough attention in the class, you will figure that these are the exact maximum speeds that MediaTek is reaching with its Helio X25 (2.5GHz) and X20 (2.3 GHz) SoCs. The maximum clock speed looks like a Cortex-A72 limitation as Huawei is using 16nm FinFET Plus manufacturing process but comes with four Cortex-A72 SoCs and four Cortex-A53 SoCs. We have to be be honest that compared to 1.8GHz maximal clock of Snapdragon 650, Kirin 950 and 955 pass with flying colours.

The last on the Huawei updated list is the Huawei P9 Lite. This is a 5-inch phone with Full HD 1920 x 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 12-megapixel dual rear camera setup but apparently without laser focus. The phone has a 2,500 mAh battery and comes with Qualcomm's hexa-core Snapdragon 650 SoC (2x ARM Cortex A72, 4x ARM Cortex A53).

Last modified on 18 March 2016
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