Not only was the Kirin 980 made using TMSC's N7 node, it is also the first to feature the new Cortex A76s as 4 of its 8 cores. The 980 also has a new, larger NPU. Before we get to the company's power estimates, it's better to start off with its claims of performance and power efficiency improvements of the CPU. According to Huawei's testing, the Kirin 980 tallied an average frame rate of 59.3 FPS compare to 48.5 FPS for the Snapdragon 845.
The platform also manufactured using the super-efficient 7nm process, which means that Huawei has been able to pack 6.9 billion transistors on a 1cm square. Huawei, on the other hand, announced the world's first 7nm Kirin 980 AI mobile chipset, Amazon Alexa-powered AI Cube smart speaker that is also a 4G router.
The significant upgrades offered by the Kirin 980 definitely has me curious about what Huawei has planned for the Mate 20.
Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. In addition, Kirin 980 utilises the Multi-pass noise reduction solution that accurately removes artefacts without scrubbing away image details, resulting in better quality on images taken in low-light scenarios.
Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite, and provides a suite of tools that simplifies the difficulty of engineering on-device AI, allowing developers to easily tap into the leading processing power of the dual NPU.
On the networking front, the Kirin 980 platform includes an LTE Cat.21 modem that delivers download speed of up to 1.4 Gbps.
Perhaps we are seeing the first indicator of that with this announcement.
Update, August 31, 2018 (9:23AM PT): And just like that we have the price and release dates for all of the new P20 Pro colorways straight from the mouth of Huawei CEO Richard Yu.
Even if Huawei plan to hover a few hundred below the industry leaders, they still seem to have something significant in store for the Mate 20.