Huawei has a PC with its own 7nm chip based on ARM and a special Linux version for China
Weeks ago Apple announced its jump to its own ARM-based processors to put aside its dependence on Intel. This movement is not unique and certainly not the first. Huawei in the other part of the world, has also put up for sale a computer with a house brand processor and based on ARM.
Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon has been creating ARM-based 7nm Kunpeng processors for some time. These processors however have always been used for data centers and business approaches. So far, apparently the oriental brand has put up for sale a desktop and consumer computer that comes with a Kunpeng 920 inside. A practically Chinese computer, where it does not depend on Intel for the chip or Microsoft for the operating system.
The new computer has come to light thanks to a video on the Chinese YouTube channel 二斤 自制 in which they are made with it and analyzed its specifications and operation. Its price, according to the narrator of the video, is 7,500 yuan, which is about 950 euros to change.
Performance still to be improved
Now what does it offer a Huawei own PC for 950 euros? Somewhat modest specifications considering the price. Among some of its characteristics we find:
- Kunpeng 920 ARM v8 2.6 GHz octa-core processor.
- 256 GB storage SSD.
- 16GB Kingston DDR4-2666 RAM.
- Radeon RX550 GPU.
- SATA III, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- 64-bit UOS operating system (Linux based).
In the video we can see how se performs different performance tests to Huawei computer. Among them a rendering in Blender (program for 3D modeling) of a car where it requires almost 12 minutes for the task. When it comes to playing videos it also suffers due to the encoders it uses.
As the protagonist of the video explains, software is one of the great limitations, by not being able to install 32-bit applications and depending on the UOS app store, which has a fairly limited catalog.
Actually Huawei already bets on its own processor for its phones star. The manufacturer has gradually become independent from other companies for its products, by its own free will or by obligation. The latest proof of this are Huawei smartphones without Google services installed, something that limits use in the West.
Huawei It has also been considered to create its own operating system with HarmonyOS and is not only intended for phones but also to work on computers. Maybe we’ll see it one day on a PC that comes with a Kunpeng chip. Anyway, if we are going to see more PCs with Huawei’s own processors or not for now is anyone’s guess.