A leak out of Wiebo has got us a table comparing the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with the upcoming HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset by Huawei. But don’t jump your horses yet, as this info is still based on a good amount of speculation. At the same time, where better to start than with the spreading rumors about these next gen SoCs?
The Snapdragon 845 caught our attention at the beginning of this month. This processor happened to be listed along with the likes of the newly announced Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. The former chipset especially, is said to power quite a few upcoming smartphones one of which is the Oppo R11.
From the table shown above, we can see that Qualcomm may be continuing the upcoming chipset design on the 10nm process. The processor mentioned above shows that Cortex cores have been used. This is a step away from the Qualcomm tradition of using their own Kryo cores for its top end SoCs, so do take it with a pinch of salt. As for the cores on the Snapdragon 845, we may finally get to see the introduction of the Cortex A75 cores, which are yet to be announced.
The LTE modem on board may also make the jump to X20 from the current gen X16 modem. The chipset may also be capable of handling 802.11ad which boosts speeds by 2x from the 802.11ac standard. The ISP or Image Sensor Processor is shown here to handle 25MP images but that number should be higher considering that the Snapdragon 835 fares much better.
Coming to the Kirin 970, the chipset may make the jump to 10nm from 16nm on the current gen Kirin 960 SoC. The core config on the Kirin 970 remains the same as the current gen chipset but there should be a considerable performance gains thanks to the 10nm process. The rest of the specs on the HiSilicon chipset from Huawei stays a bit lower than the alleged Snapdragon 845.
As for their release dates, the Snapdragon 845 is presumed to be launched by late 2017 but may get pushed to Q1 of 2018 if we were to believe the table shown above. The Kirin 970 on the other hand could be a released a lot sooner than expected, probably by Q3 or Q4 this year, going by the same comparison table.