Running a company is not an easy job. Moreover, if that company makes smartphones and has become one of influencers in the market, all the risks should be covered not to repeat the tragic experience of Taiwanese HTC. As you remember it has become the biggest share in the smartphone market, but the company lost everything in a matter of days. Xiaomi knows better than you and me, that’s why this company wants to insure itself from all of kinds of dangers. We all know, Xiaomi runs PineCone Electronics and the company has also signed a contract with Leadcore Technology, a leading mobile chip designer in China, to go into a joint venture of creating 4G chip solutions. It’s been almost two year we learned about this cooperation, but only now we have seen it in a real device. The Xiaomi Meri has been spotted in a spy photos showing a self-developed Pinecone chip. Seems this is great news, but probably you have forgotten about Huawei’s Kirin. I mean Xiaomi has to cover its risks, but it also has to keep in minds the domestic competitors. So let’s see whether the Xiaomi Pinecone can stand against the Huawei’s Kirin 650 that has been rumored to appear on devices such as the Huawei Honor 6X.
The leaked info showcases the Xiaomi Pinecone is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. It should feature a 4+4 A53 architecture, where the small cores running on 1.4GHz, but we don’t know what frequency is considered for the large cores. The GPU for this processor is set to be the Mali-T860 MP4, and this chip supports at least 3GB of RAM. As for the benchmark tests, the Xiaomi’s Pinecone has scored 758 points and 3105 points in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. And this processor also scored 63000 points at AnTuTu that is standard to mid-range devices. So we can suppose the first chip of Xiaomi will appear on its mid-range and low-end handsets.
The Huawei’s Kirin 650 is an octa-core processor, which comes with the same 4+4 A53 architecture and 16nm manufacturing process, but we know the frequencies, fortunately. The small cores are clocked at 1.7GHz, while the large cores run on 2.0GHz. This chip is paired with the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. As for benchmarks, the Kirin 650 has scored 825 points and 3665 points in single-core and multi-core tests at GeekBench, respectively. The AnTuTu’s result is 53000.
Looking at the benchmark results we can say the Huawei Kirin 650 is a bit better than the Xiaomi Pinecone. But we know it’s not only the matter of frequencies and numbers. We have discussed the Snapdragon 821 CPU found on the Xiaomi Mi 5S, and we know number can decide nothing in some cases. So we have to wait for the final models to see which one performs better.
At last, regardless the results of this race (I mean it’s not important who will win) Xiaomi’s Pinecone or Huawei’s Kirin, there is one reason we should be happy of – Chinese smartphone makers have progressed a lot. And we are close the day when Chinese companies will fight with top brands in the chip market as well.