Recently, Honor Play 4T Edition of SMIC has been exposed with the product photo by the media.
The biggest difference between the Honor Play 4T Edition and the same models, which are sold online in the Huawei Mall, is the logo on the back — SMIC 20 with a line of text: Powered by SMIC FinFET. It confirms the rumor that SMIC woks as an OEM for Kirin 710A chip.
Kirin 710A, a Kirin chip processed by SMIC, can be called as a pure “Chinese Chip” with independent intellectual property rights, which is an great commemorative product. So, it is the reason for Honor to launch Honor Play 4T Edition of SMIC. It is reportedly that nearly all the staff in Shanghai Company of SMIC has a Honor Play 4T Edition.
In order to match with the SMIC’s 14nm production line, Kirin launched the Kirin 710A processor with 14nm process by changing the original TSMC’s 12nm process. And the core keeps the same, while the basic frequency is slightly different, thus the overall is not so different.