Huawei explains why the Kirin processors are exclusive to themselves only
We have seen the Kirin processors since it branches itself from the Snapdragon family almost a decade ago. But we only see them exclusively on Huawei and its sub-brand Honor only. Even Samsung’s in-house Exynos processors made it to other brands but not the Kirin. If you ever wonder why, Senior Product Director at Huawei Consumer Business Group Brody Ji have the answer for you.
In a statement given to media, it is said, “For Huawei, Kirin is not a business but a product or technology that acts as our competitive edge against rival smartphone brands.”
Huawei established HiSilicon in 2004 which deals with the Kirin SoC manufacturing. The Kirin processors power Huawei’s most of the devices, shipping in 173 million smartphones in the past year alone. The Chinese company also manufactures many smartphones which run on Qualcomm based chipsets, but primarily 60-70% devices use homegrown Kirin chipsets. Huawei will continue the use of Kirin SoC in the high-end and mid-range devices, while low-range devices will keep coming on Qualcomm 400 series.
The recent achievement of the Kirin processors is the Kirin 980 which is due out with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro on 16th October. It will be the world’s first commercially available 5G-capable processor if no one (ahem Qualcomm/Samsung) cut them to the chase.
Huawei is a pioneer in the telecom and communications sector, but it needs to do some more hard work to gain solid ground in the premium space of the smartphone market. Even the company’s CEO Eric Xu said that the company needs some more efforts in the consumer business to garner better results. In 2017, Huawei crossed $92 billion in the operating revenue, which is little less than the estimated $100 billion OR goal. Huawei’s major sources of revenue include the sale of its 5G telecom equipment.
What do you think? Did the Kirin processors really give an edge to Huawei when it comes to attracting buyers?