- Huawei is selling a PC in China that features one of its ARM-based chips.
- The 8-core chip suffered from performance issues in some apps.
- The system also came with limited access to software.
For the past couple of years, Huawei has been manufacturing its own smartphone chips through its HiSilicon subsidiary to lessen its dependence on US-based companies like Qualcomm. It now appears Huawei is using at least one model of its Kunpeng processor to power a desktop PC itâ€™s selling in China.
A Hong Kong-based YouTube channel spotted by Tomâ€™s Hardware uploaded a video detailing the system. It features a variant of HiSiliconâ€™s 7nm Kunpeng 920 ARM v8 processor. The 2.6GHz eight-core, eight-thread CPU came soldered to a Huawei D920S10 motherboard. The computer also came with 16GB of RAM, a 200W power supply, 256GB SATA hard drive and a Radeon RX550 GPU. The person who uploaded the video said they paid 7,500 yuan (~$1,068) to buy the system, which seems expensive for a computer with modest specs. Performance also wasnâ€™t anything to write home about.
The computer completed a Blender Car Demo test render in a slow 11 minutes and 47 seconds. The YouTuber also complained of sluggish local video playback due to poor encoding performance. They went on to describe the system as best suited for light office work. However, that wasnâ€™t even their most significant issue with the PC.
The system came pre-installed with the Unity Operating System (UOS), a Chinese distribution of Linux. According to Tomâ€™s Hardware, the YouTuber had to pay 800 yuan (~$114) to access the UOS app store. Even then, they werenâ€™t able to download mainstays like Adobe apps due to the storeâ€™s limited selection of software. The fact the processor also couldnâ€™t run 32-bit programs made the problem worse.
At least as things currently stand, Chinese consumers probably wonâ€™t be rushing out to buy Huaweiâ€™s new desktop computer. The causes are different, but it faces the same major issue the companyâ€™s phones have outside of China: lack of software support. Even the best chips arenâ€™t all that useful if they donâ€™t have access to robust software and support from developers.