Huawei Kirin 9010: A Minor Upgrade with Hyperthreading

Huawei’s Kirin 9010 processor, featured in the Pura 70 series phones, is an optimized version of the Kirin 9000s.

Huawei unveiled the Pura 70 series phones with the new Kirin 9010 processor a few hours ago. This high-end system-on-chip offers better performance than its predecessor and uses a different core layout.

It appears that Huawei’s Kirin 9010 processor uses 12 cores in the CPU, including two 2.3 GHz high-performance cores, six 2.18 GHz mid-range cores, and four 1.55 GHz low-power cores. However, the truth is that the Kirin 9010 is still an eight-core processor, and the increase in the number of cores is related to hyperthreading technology.

The previous model of the Kirin 9010 chip, the Kirin 9000s used in the Huawei Mate 60, had one 2.62 GHz high-performance core, three 2.15 GHz mid-range cores, and four 1.53 GHz low-power cores.

The main core frequency of the Kirin 9010 has decreased from 2.62 GHz to 2.3 GHz, while the frequency of the mid-range cores has increased from 2.15 GHz to 2.18 GHz. The frequency of low-power cores in the Kirin 9000s was 1.53 GHz, but it increases to 1.55 GHz in the Kirin 9010.

In practice, Huawei’s Kirin 9010 processor is a modified and optimized version of the Kirin 9000s and does not have significant differences from it. It still uses the dedicated Maleoon 910 graphics unit.

Currently, no details have been released about the modem used in Huawei’s new chip. However, it is assumed that the Kirin 9010, like its predecessor, is equipped with a 5G modem.

Leaked benchmarks show that the Huawei Kirin 9010 achieves a single-core score of 1,442 and a multi-core score of 4,471 in Geekbench 6. Thus, the Kirin 9010 is not even capable of defeating Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 3 processor.

Huawei did not provide official details about the lithography of the Kirin 9000s last year, but experts’ analysis showed that the chip uses the 7nm lithography of the Chinese company SMIC. It is likely that the Kirin 9010 is also based on this lithography.

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