Present for months now, recently the US trade bans and blockades against Huawei have sparked new doubts about the future of company products, like the next generation of computers. And is that the Chinese company could be forced to abandon the use of Intel and AMD processors, and even Microsoft software.
However, as Apple has just shown us, there are still alternatives such as implementing their own replacements. In fact, Huawei already has some ARM-based alternatives like HiSilicon Kunpeng 920 7nm (eight cores and eight 2.6 GHz threads), manufactured by the same subsidiary that makes its Kirin phone chips.
Under this premise, a Chinese YouTuber bought one of the Huawei desktop computers available in his country (for a price close to 1,000 euros) equipped with this chip soldered to the motherboard Huawei D920S10, along with a custom configuration with 16 GB of RAM, a Yeston Radeon RX550 graphics card, a 256 GB SATA hard drive and a 200W power supply.
In this way, using the UOS operating system (a modified version of Unity based on Linux), the resulting computer proves to be able to work without any problem, even supporting resolutions up to 4K at 60Hz.
A computer that, although on paper should offer quite powerful performance, seems to have not met expectations at all, with rendering times for a 3D model through the Blender tool almost 12 minutes. In the same way, the system also proved to be capable of 4K video transmission, but showed some problems during local playback due to poor encoding performance.
And it is that a large part of this problem comes from the replacement of Huawei for Windows forced by the ARM architecture of Kunpeng, which limits this computer to the execution of a 64-bit operating system.
While the operating system itself ran smoothly, applications running on it did not. And is that although the youtuber paid an additional 100 euros to increase the application store, the selection still remained very limited, with large absences of software and basic products such as Adobe and other applications, and the big point against lack of support for 32-bit software.
Looking for “inspiration” at Apple
In the same way that we have already seen with other products, most likely, the great change of Huawei will come once the next Apple ARM computers are released, thus having a more solid base on which to work.
And is that the Cupertino company does already have a plan drawn up, focusing on Rosetta 2 to face this transition, a solution that will allow working with applications written for Intel without problems.
Similarly, the applications that now work on MacOS can be run on Apple silicone, in addition to the thousands of apps and games available for iPhone and iPad, creating a huge ecosystem that will be available from day one. Finally, Apple has already announced that it will make available to developers a transition kit with everything necessary to convert their applications, thus ensuring their future line.