Huawei announces Kirin 960 processor, new Honor phone and smartwatch

Huawei Mate 9 also makes surprise appearance

Huawei's been busy this week: the Honor 5X's successor, the 6X made an appearance alongside the Honor S1 smartwatch.

Days later it unveiled its latest Kirin 960 processor and there was a surprise appearance of its next flagship, the Huawei Mate 9.

New Huawei flagship chip

What's the deal with the new processor? Basically this will be the highest-end in the line of Huawei's proprietary processors. The Huawei Kirin 960 will first be used in the upcoming Huawei Mate 9 flagship and it's an octa-core processor that will have four A73 chips running at 2.4Ghz while the other four A53 (low-power) chips are clocked at 1.8GHz.

Huawei says the accompanying Mali G-71 MP8 GPU will offer a 180 per cent performance increase over the previous Kirin 950, yet offer a 20 per cent reduction in power consumption. Besides supporting Vulkan 1.0, it also supports UFS 2.1 storage as well as LPDDR4 RAM, CDMA, VoLTE and VoWiFi call support.

As for the Honor 6X, the new phone will basically be an upgraded 5X, with a metallic build but 2.5D glass in front, weighing a mere 162g. It will come in gold, silver, grey, navy and rose gold. The processor will be the Kirin 655 octa-core clocked at 2.1GHz with a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. As for the display, expect a Full HD 5.5in screen and a choice between 3GB/4GB RAM as well as 32GB/64GB storage.

Again, we'll be seeing a dual-cam setup in the rear: 12MP main camera with a secondary 2MP sensor. The front camera will have an 8MP sensor and there'll also be a back fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, GPS and a 3340mAh battery. Pricing will be RMB999 (RM620) for the 3GB/32GB , RMB1299 (RM810) for the 4GB/32GB version and the priciest is the 4GB/64GB version at RMB1599 (RM995). It will be available from 25 October in China, with no details as yet on international availability and pricing.

The Honor S1 will not be an Android Wear watch, but a better looking alternative to the Honor Band Z1. It comes with heart rate, distance and calorie tracking: think of it as fairly smart-looking activity tracker. With an IP68 rating, the watch has a high degree of water and dust-resistance and in China, is compatible with the Ali Pay payment system. It's fairly cheap, at RMB699 (RM435) and will start selling online in China from 25 October, 10am.

[Source: GizmoChina]