The Kirin 659 shows up in many Huawei and Honor phones, but it’s getting long in the tooth. HiSilicon is reportedly working on a followup, the Kirin 710, which as its less than subtle name suggests will be a competitor to the Snapdragon 710.
The new chip will feature Cortex-A73 cores and will be built on a 12 nm process. For comparison, Qualcomm’s chip is has A75-based Kryo cores and is built on a 10 nm process.
The first phone to use a Kirin 710 chipset is likely to be the Huawei nova 3. It will have a tall 19.5:9 screen and a dual camera. This phone is code named “Paris” and Huawei has a couple of others in the works (PRA-AL00 and PRA-TL00, which just went through the 3C).
Huawei expects to ship over 140 million phones this year, of which half will be mid-rangers.