While Samsung’s rumored Exynos 5 Octa processor with an 8-core design based on ARM’s Cortex A15 CPU is rumored for the Galaxy S4 smartphone, emerging Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei has said it will match Samsung with its own 8-core chipset. In an interview with Engadget, Huawei’s head of the consumer business group confirmed that an 8-core chipset will launch later this year, but didn’t give any further specs.
Likely, the chipset may be called the K3V3 following Huawei’s initial entry into the ARM chipset space with its quad-core K3V2 processor.
It’s unclear though how the K3V3 chipset will stack up against today’s quad-core processors and the Exynos 5 Octa processor from Samsung. In the past, reviews of the K2V3 processor shows that Huawei’s chipset suffered from lags.
Like Apple, it appears that Huawei may not manufacture its chipsets and would source the manufacturing. Engadget is speculating that TSMC may be manufacturing the chipset for Huawei. TSMC is also rumored to be replacing Samsung in manufacturing future Apple ARM processors that will go in the next generation iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad mini.
In addition to Samsung, Huawei will have to compete against NVIDIA and Qualcomm in the ARM chipset space. NVIDIA had announced its Tegra 4 chipset at the Consumer Electronics Show with improved processing and graphics performance while Qualcomm had announced a new flagship Snapdragon 800 processor.
In order for Huawei to succeed in the chipset space, it would have to build in LTE compatibility. By having an SoC that integrates many of the advanced components, such as WiFi, LTE, and Bluetooth, hardware-makers will benefit as the chipset would take less space on a smartphone and would consume less power.
We’ll definitely have to wait for benchmarks to see how these next generation ARM processors perform against each other this year.