Chinese device manufacturer Huawei is now ready to release its first octa core processor called the HiSilicon K3V3. This chip uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture that pairs 4 high power Cortex-A15 cores with 4 low power Cortex-A7 cores. It supports the 4G LTE category 6 band which is capable of download speeds of up to 300 mbps.
Huawei Device chairman Richard Yu hinted that the K3V2 will be used by the successors of the Ascend D2 and the Ascend Mate. Both devices currently use the company’s quad core K3V2 processor. The company claims that the Ascend D2 is the world’s most powerful smartphone while the Ascend Mate has the world’s largest phone screen at 6.1 inches.
Huawei is also refreshing its quad core K3V2 processor with a newer model called the K3V2 Pro which is also ready to enter the market. It has a greatly improved performance compared to the old K3V2 chip which was released in the early part of 2012.
Aside from these new chips entering the market this year the company is also investing more than $600 million for the development of 5G as well as 5G products. It is expected that products based on 5G technology will become popular in the market this coming 2020 which is only 6 years away.
Today, the trend of mobile device manufacturers is to try to control every aspect of the device as much as they can. This is why we are seeing several companies that used to just order processors from third parties already making their own chips. This allows for a certain degree of freedom when coming up with a new smartphone or tablet design.
It will be interesting to see how the HiSilicon K3V3 will compare with other similar octa core processors out in the market today. While there is still no official benchmarking results available yet we’re sure that it is going to perform well.
Some of the octa core processors being used are the Exynos 5 Octa, and MediaTek MT6592 just to name a few.