The chip is expected to be manufactured at a 28-nanometre scale and clock up to 1.8GHz. According to GSMInsider, the SoC CPU will include the ARM Mali graphics core but it’s unknown as to which version and how many cores will be included.
Huawei has a decent pedigree in SoC design, producing its own quad-core chip through its HiSilicon division, the K3V2 SoC CPU, for the super-thin new Ascend P6 smartphone, which is about to go on sale in Australia on July 15 for $499 outright (no contract). The K3V2 is a quad-core Cortex A9 design backed up by Vivante’s top-drawer GC4000 graphics engine.
It comes on the back of news that Taiwanese CPU maker MediaTek will also have an eight-core SoC CPU design available in sample quantities by the end of July. The MediaTek MT6592 chip will feature eight Cortex A7 cores with a clock speed of up to 2GHz and reports are the chip will be manufactured at a 28-nanometre production scale. MediaTek is expected to begin production by November with the hope of eight-core products ready in time for the festive season.
Samsung managed to be first with a commercial eight-core, its Exynos 5 Octa inside the Galaxy S4 smartphone earlier this year.
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