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Huawei to have their own ARM Cortex A15 chip out on the market this year

Huawei is going to launch a chip during the second half of this year that will use ARM's Cortex A15 processor. Which phone will get it first though?
January 9, 2013

Richard Yu, Huawei’s Chairman of Device, has revealed to Engadget that the company will have a chip out on the market during the second half of this year that utilizes ARM’s Cortex A15 core. Said chip will be called the HiSilicon K3V3, and while we’d like to tell you how many cores it’s going to have, sadly we don’t have that information.

What’s so good about the ARM Cortex A15? It’s going to power some of the most powerful devices to launch this year. You know how the Galaxy S3 uses four ARM Cortex A9 cores? The Galaxy S4, with Cortex A15 cores, will probably be almost twice as fast. That’s of course hard to prove without making any of our own benchmarks, but let’s just say we have a feeling.

Why is Huawei building their own chips instead of just using something from NVIDIA or Qualcomm? Simple, they want to sell cheaper phones. If Huawei were to buy something from Qualcomm, then they’d would have to sacrifice their already razor thin margins.

Should you buy a Huawei device instead of something from Samsung or HTC? If you’re short on cash, we don’t see why not, but truth be told we think the better tactic is to just save up a bit extra for a phone that you know is going to scream quality. The next Galaxy isn’t that far away, and rumor has it that the next Note is going to be even larger than Huawei’s 6.1 inch Ascend Mate, so again, unless you really need to save money, we don’t see why you’d go with a Huawei device.