Huawei may have lately become more known in the smartphone industry, but the fact that it also manufactures its own chips via its HiSilicon arm remains unfamiliar. But its mobile phone division head, Richard Yu, has said that the company is pretty much still in the game and is ready with its own octa-core offering.
According to Yu, the company just launched two new 28 nm High Performance Mobile processors, one quad-core and one octa-core. The quad-core chip is based on Cortex-A9. More interesting is the octa-core one, which is believed to most likely follow in Samsung's footsteps and implement a big.LITTLE architecture, utilizing four low-power Cortex-A7 cores and four high-performance Cortex-A15's. It is still unknown whether it will also be able to implement Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) that will enable all eight cores to be used in myriad combinations, ranging from 1 to 8 cores all at the same time. Not only that, this chip will also support multi-mode LTE in order to support both WCDMA and TD-SCDMA networks.
Huawei's system-on-chip is not that well known, at least compared to industry rivals Samsung, Qualcomm, or even MediaTek. Very few known devices make use of the company's current generation K3V2 chips, sometimes not even Huawei. However, the company's upcoming smartphone, the Huawei P6S, will house a Huawei processor. And not just any processor but its first octa-core one.
Richard Yu also briefly teased that Huawei would soon be jumping on the 64-bit bandwagon as well. A post on Sina Weibo, which was subsequently pulled out, said that the industry is entering an era of 64-bit processors, implying that Huawei won't be left too far behind at the dawn of that new age.