Huawei is one of the few phone makers that can boast of its own chips in the whole smartphone industry. However, that doesn't necessarily mean they have as much variety as the competition. For example, the Kirin 659 is a regular-featuring chip in most of Huawei's mid-range products, be it the budget Honor 7X, or the somewhat premium P20 Lite. It does need an upgrade. And new reports state that Huawei is working on one - the Kirin 710.
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Kirin 710 Specifications
Although this might not necessarily replace the Kirin 600 series, it will be a nice addition to its stable. As described by DigiTimes, the Kirin 710 will be a Snapdragon 710 competitor. It is supposed to come with Cortex-A73 cores which will boost performance but are old. The chip will also be based on the 12nm process which is a good jump up from the 16nm chips Huawei is using now. The more interesting part of the news is a report of an NPU unit in the chip.
Since the NPU is only for high-end phones like the Huawei P20, if it lands in mid-range phones, we might see capabilities like better low-light photos, scene recognition AI, and offline assistive functions which would be great to see.
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By the looks of it, Huawei will continue using the Kirin 600 series chips for lower-midrange phones while it will use the new Kirin 710 for premium mid-range devices. For now, this is the first instance we've heard of the Kirin 710.
For now, it isn't known where the new Kirin 710 is destined to find its first home. However, it is being touted as the Huawei Nova 3. The handset is set for a July launch and will feature a 19.5-9 display and dual cameras.