The company confirmed that the Kirin 980 SoC would power its new Mate-series smartphone, which is set to launch in October 2018. Earlier at IFA 2018, Honor teased the Honor Magic 2 smartphone which will also pack the new Kirin 980 SoC, but unfortunately, there is no word on the launch date.
"The Kirin 980 will be used in smartphones and tablets". The Kirin 980 will feature ARM's Mali G76MP10 GPU, becoming the first processor with the unit. 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. The Kirin 980 is the world's first commercial SoC manufactured with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company's (TSMC) 7nm process and it combines best-in-class performance, efficiency, connectivity features, and Dual NPU AI processing power. As seen with Huawei in recent times, the Kirin 980 boasts of numerous Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities.
We'll be checking out the Huawei Mate 20 when it's announced and with a powerful new processor, excellent camera pedigree and design to match, it's shaping up to be a heck of a phone. We're looking forward to getting our hands on the first Kirin 980-powered device when it arrives this October. However, the Kirin 980's actual worth may be defined when it comes up against a Snapdragon counterpart in real-world tests.
Mali-G76 utilises AI to intelligently identify gaming workloads and adjust resource allocation for optimal gaming performance.
Together they can recognise up to 4,600 images per minute, which is 120 per cent more compared to the previous generation.
Furthermore, the Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite, and provides a suite of tools that simplify the difficulty of engineering on-device AI, allowing developers to easily tap into the leading processing power of the dual NPU.
Huawei brings LTE Cat.21 to the Kirin 980, with download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps as well as new WiFi with the peak 1,732Mbps download. And if you thought that Huawei is doing away with the 3.5mm audio socket, as it did with the P20 Pro, you would be glad that the audio socket still exists, as resides on the top.
On the inside the Huawei P20 Pro is pretty much the same - Kirin 970 chipset, coupled with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, although the leather variants are switching to an 8/256 GB memory combo that is new fort his smartphone.