The Hisilicon Kirin 980 was officially unveiled a short while ago and is the world's first 7nm chipset. The power-saving Cortex-A55 cores are clocked at 1.8GHz and handle simple everyday tasks. "Equipped with all-new CPU, GPU and Dual NPU, the Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications", Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu said while announcing the Kirin 980 at IFA 2018. No word on the fully-fledged Mate 20 just yet, but if last year's Mate 10 launch is anything to go by the Mate 20 Lite is the precursor to a larger device that has confirmed for announcement on 16th October.
Huawei has attracted a lot of attention with its Kirin SoCs, and while it always lagged behind the competition, it appears that the game will soon change with the flagship Kirin 980 SoC, which is the world's first SoC made on TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process.
After introducing its new Kirin 980 processor, Huawei has finally revealed the launch date and venue for its upcoming Huawei Mate 20 series.
Speaking of standing out, Huawei's building on its NPU with the Kirin 980. Huawei projects that it will improve on that of the Kirin 970 by up to 134%. while using 88% less power.
It's also the first SoC to include Cortex-A76 cores and it has a Mali-G76 GPU. Mali-G76 also features an innovative clock boosting technology that utilises AI to intelligently identify gaming workloads and adjust resource allocation for optimal gaming performance.
The 980 has Huawei's proprietary 4th gen ISP which offers better support for multi-camera configurations, as well as an upgade to the HDR colur reproduction tech. Another new feature of the ISP is improved motion tracking. This includes carrier aggregation across frequency bands, allowing users to have the same speeds with their telco of choice.
While it isn't very surprising to hear that Huawei's phones have been doing well in China, the P20 Pro and the P20 have been outselling their predecessors in Western Europe, and that's something for the company to be excited about.
There's also dual neural processors which, says Huawei, will enable much faster on-device image recognition as well as a fast 1.4Gbps 4G LTE modem.