03 October 2018
Huawei's Kirin lineup of smartphone processors has been quite successful since its inception about seven years ago. It has also made a number of improvements to the chipsets available in the series and during all these years, the series has been kept exclusive to Huawei or Honor smartphones. If you were wondering what is the reason for the same, Huawei has finally revealed the same.
As per Brody Ji, Senior Product Director at Huawei Consumer Business Group, the company does not see Kirin lineup of processors as a business to make money. It sees it as a product/service which allows it to differentiate from the competition and to have an advantage over its competitors. This is the reason it has never allowed any other smartphone brand to use Kirin processors in their respective offers. It further has no plans of changing that in near future.
This explains why we have seen Kirin processors only in Huawei and Honor phones until now. In contrast, Samsung also has its own lineup of Exynos smartphone processors but it did allow Chinese smartphone maker Meizu to make use of them. But for Huawei, it has always been about maintaining the exclusivity factor. Although, it does make use of Qualcomm Snapdragon processor every now and then in a few select phones.
In terms of what's next for Huawei and Kirin series, the team is now preparing for the launch of Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Plus phones next month. Both these phones will mark the commercial debut of Kirin 980, the latest flagship and world's first announced 7nm processor. The team is currently busy creating some buzz around the same and even claimed that it would be a better processor than Apple's A12 Bionic offering.