Huawei has very ambitious plans for the mobile industry and with good reason. The company is a lot like Samsung in many ways. Not only is it known for top of the line smartphones, which would put the best smartphones to shame, it also uses its own home cooked chipset on its Android devices. We saw the manufacturer use its own quad core K3V2 chip on its flagship droids, including the newly launched Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2 smartphones. So basically Huawei doesn’t have to rely on third party manufacturers like most OEMs for the assembly of its smartphones. And now, Huawei will have a new chipset to look forward to according to the company’s Chairman of Devices Richard Yu. He mentioned that the company will be launching the eight core mobile SoC in the latter part of 2013, which means that a smartphone with the said chip could launch during the same time.
He failed to give out specifics however, and it seems like the company is still working on it. We recently saw Samsung announce the eight core Exynos 5 Octa mobile chipset at the CES 2013 event. As for Huawei’s chip, we’re not sure if it will be as efficient as Samsung’s offering. The reason we say this is because Samsung’s chip uses ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration which consists of four ARM Cortex-A7 cores and four ARM Cortex-A15 cores for minimalistic and power heavy stuff respectively. If Huawei’s chip consists of the said configuration, then we could see it posing a serious threat to Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa.
If all this is a little too ahead in time to look forward to, Huawei has something happening in the near future. Well, Mr. Yu also revealed that the company will be working on a slimmer variant of the Ascend P, which is hard to imagine given how slim the Ascend P is on its own (7.7mm). An even slimmer version of the Ascend P could be almost invisible. Adding on to that, he said this variant/successor of the Ascend P will feature a metallic body finish instead of the all plastic body used on the Ascend P1 from last year. This device apparently will be unveiled at the MWC next month in Barcelona, so we will keep an eye out for that.
We expect the octa core chipset to be unveiled during the MWC as well, although I feel the CES event would have been an ideal stage for the announcement of this chip. Let’s hope Huawei manages to impress us, as it has done over the last year with its quad core and dual core smartphones. Yes, these devices haven’t seen worldwide availability unlike smartphones from other major brands, but that could change this year.