You never see it, but the processor’s arguably the most critical part of your smartphone. And looking at the Honor 8, it’s clear the Kirin 950 is one helluva chip
The new Honor 8’s been making waves even before it was launched - and boy, did it stir things up or what, the moment it landed in stores. Although most buyers have been picking Honor’s latest flagship on the strength of its remarkable dual-lens camera system, its bright screen and a compact-and-sexy build, the Honor 8 has also become the favourite of the smartphone addict thanks to its raw performance.
That’s right. If you’re the kind of user who fires up a game during your coffee break, or switches between apps all day long, this is the 2016 flagship you gotta check out.
Eight cores of 64-bit muscle
The Kirin 950 does an admirable job in making sure the Honor 8’s ready for action. This octa-core chip comprises four A72 cores running at a nippy 2.3GHz and four A53 cores running at 1.8GHz. The four, super-speedy A72 cores do the heavy lifting - gaming, multitasking - they’re the reason the Honor 8’s always smooth and responsive.
Meanwhile, the four super-efficient A53 cores handle all the low-power stuff happening in the background or when you don’t need so much power. And the two sets of cores are a great combo, we have to admit - thanks to the A72 cores, there’s enough power for the most demanding apps, while the A53 cores help save power and make sure you get excellent battery life.
A rather smart chap
But the Kirin 950 doesn’t just stop there. It supports LPDDR 4 RAM, making sure apps are even more responsive. Even better, it’s based on a next-gen 16nm process, making it a lot more efficient. So it also runs very, very cool, letting you get in hours of gaming action without seeing any lags or performance throttling you’ll find in the competition.
Then there’s the i5 co-processor which adds even more muscle to the Honor 8, by handling its sensors and other features. And as for gamers and movie addicts, there’s more to rejoice about, thanks to the Mali T880MP4, which gives you high frame rates and also packs in plenty of hardware support for the latest movie codecs.
So there you have it: the Kirin 950 processor is yet another reason to get today’s reigning all-rounder - the Honor 8. Great photos, a vibrant screen, amazing looks and fantastic performance... Isn’t that what you’ve been looking for?