Huawei unveils its new Kirin 980 mobile processor

Huawei announces Kirin 980 the world's first 7nm phone chip

Huawei Kirin 980 is the World’s First Commercial 7nm Chipset, To Power Mate 20 Series and Honor Magic 2

During his keynote, Yu confirmed that the event would be held October 16 in London and introduce the Mate 20 series, which will run on the new processor. The smartphone is expected to be powered by company's mid segment Kirin 710 processor.

The Kirin 980 will be seen shortly on the upcoming Huawei flagships later this year. Huawei officially unveiled the device today, confirming numerous previously rumored details - plus a buzzy and entirely unsurprising focus on AI. This new ARM core can run at up to 3.3GHz. This will ensure that programs that don't "make the cut" for the high-frequency cluster are not pushed down to the low-frequency cluster instead. The Cortex A76 cores each feature 512KB of L2 Cache and the Cortex A55 cores feature 128KB of L2 Cache memory.

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.

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The Mate 20 series will consist of three smartphones - Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20 Lite. The Kirin 980 also has 6.9 billion transistors over a smaller die. Goes to show how much of a difference a new manufacturing process can make. Other world's firsts include the first to feature a MALI-G76 graphics processing unit, CAT 21 5G Modem for up to 1.4Gbps downloads, a dual NPU (neural network processing unit), Cortex-A76 processors and more. That performance also tops both the Snapdragon 845 and Apple's A11 Bionic chip, according to Huawei. We don't expect it to and you shouldn't either - but of course, concrete conclusions can only be reached once real-life performance tests are available. Around front, the new handset has a 24MP "Fusion Pixel" camera with an aperture of f/2.0 that's also coupled with a 2MP camera.

Apple is reportedly using a 7-nanometer process to build its upcoming A12 mobile processor, and it just announced a press event for September 12 where it's expected to unveil new iPhones - including the iPhone XS and XS Plus - powered by that new chip.

As GPU workloads start to increase, manufacturers are finding it easier to relegate image recognition tasks to separate cores and NPUs are definitely here to stay.

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Devices being powered by the Kirin 980 will be launched sometime in October this year.

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