Huawei announces its Kirin 980 having more AI power

03 September, 2018, 04:18 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Huawei announces Kirin 980 the world's first 7nm phone chip

Three years ago the company had engaged more than 1,000 senior semiconductor design experts and had developed more than 5,000 engineering prototypes, after which the Kirin 980 became the final creation with a 20 percent speed improvement and a 40 percent reduction in power consumption as compared with Huawei's previous generation. The all-new Mali-G76 GPU results in 46% better performance & 178% better power efficiency than the Kirin 970's GPU.

Inside the Kirin 980, the modem part of the SoC is rated at Cat.21, which means theoretical download speeds of up to 1.4Gbits/sec and support for 4x4 MIMO. Four small cores handle power management, two medium cores provide long-lasting performance and two large cores will turbo-boost a phone and kick in when the most demanding gaming applications are in use.

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When we reviewed the Huawei P20 here, the camera is indeed fantastic.

In yet another "world first", the Huawei Kirin 980 will employ the next generation Mali-G76 GPU in a bid to match Qualcomm's gaming performance. The latter is able to recognize up to 4500 images per minute, which is about 120% faster than in the case of Kirin 970. According to Huawei, the 7nm process ensures 20% better performance & 58% better power efficiency than the last generation, i.e., the Kirin 970.

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Usually, the Mate lineup is the one to debut a new Kirin chipset, but this year, Huawei's sub-brand, Honor and the Honor Magic 2, took the honor of giving us the Kirin 980 chipset for the first time.

In pursuit of the best smartphone photography experience, Huawei integrated its proprietary fourth-generation ISP into the SoC. Efficiency and power both packed together into 7nm chipset, Kirin 980 will be the Chinese OEM's next big thing.

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Kirin 980 has also adopted a new pipeline dedicated to processing video captures, allowing the camera module to shoot videos with 33% shorter delay. While the company did not announce new smartphone, it did confirm the launch date of the Mate 20 series and introduced a few new color options for its existing flagship smartphones - P20 and P20 Pro. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands, so users are free to choose their mobile operators and still enjoy the same premium connectivity experience, regardless of where they are. When creating these two unique hues, Huawei once again turned to nature for inspiration. For more details, please visit In addition to smartphones, HUAWEI's Consumer offerings include PCs, tablets, wearables and other services. HUAWEI is committed to providing leading-edge technology to Canadian operators, customers and consumers.



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