With flagship devices lining up to launch, the mid-range segment must not be forgotten. Huawei certainly hasn’t. Huawei’s semiconductor subsidiary HiSilicon is working on the Kirin 670 chipset, which will reportedly feature a neural processing unit meant to enable on-device artificial intelligence computing on Android mid-rangers.
The silicon is said to be manufactured on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process node, and is expected to sport a hexa-core processor with four Cortex-A53 cores, which have been designed for energy efficiency, and a dual-core Cortex-A72 cluster meant for high-performance applications.
Further, there is also a Mali G72 MP4 graphics chip rumored to be part of the package, with the chip apparently being positioned to take on MediaTek’s recently announced Helio P60, as well as the upper range of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series. The highlight of the chipset, however, is the on-device AI, which is also a major selling point of the Helio P60. Recently Qualcomm also confirmed that its AI engine will be supported by the Snapdragon 660.
The Kirin 670 is also said to “enable unprecedented performance on Huawei and Honor’s mid-range smartphones, with its potential benefits ranging from object recognition services and imaging improvements to more efficient data processing,” Android Headlines points out.
The Kirin 670 may be announced as early as this month should it end up being the chip powering the P20 Lite, the mid-range member of Huawei’s next smartphone family.