The Huawei Mate 20 Will Be Unveiled on October 16th

The Huawei Mate 20 Will Be Unveiled on October 16th


The Dual NPU Kirin 980 elevates the On-Device AI experience with greater processing power and intelligence.

The Kirin 980 is the world's first SoC to be manufactured on a 7nm process. However, that's not all.

The Kirin 980 also comes with improvements on the connectivity front.

The first devices based on Kirin 980 will be smartphones Mate Mate 20 and 20 Pro, which will show in October. There were a lot of speculations and rumors regarding Kirin 980 which now confirms with the release. Samsung had previously announced production of chipsets based on 7nm fabrication, but the processors are yet to reach the market.

The Kirin 980 is an octa-core chipset with a tri-cluster arrangement (2+2+4). The other cores clock out at a speed of 2.2GHz and manage the long-term tasks. Since the high-performance cores won't be used for all the processors, the power consumption is reduced. According to Huawei, there is a "Flex-scheduling" intelligent mechanism that lets the processor use right cores when needed. The graphics will have a secret weapon called the clock-boosting technology.

Huawei Mate 20 render
HiSilicon Kirin 980 based on 7nm processing announced: 5G ready SoC

At IFA 2018 in Berlin, Huawei unveiled one of the most powerful mobile chipsets. The new Mate 20 series will be the first smartphone series to be powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor.

This is one hell of a chipset with super powerful attributes. Additionally, 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. "Equipped with all-new CPU, GPU and Dual NPU, the Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power next-generation productivity and entertainment applications".

The Kirin 980 is an insight into the next generation of Huawei phones. In addition, Kirin 980 utilizes the Multi-pass noise reduction solution that accurately removes artifacts without scrubbing away image details, resulting in better quality on images taken in low-light scenarios. It's the world's first 7nm chip, world's first chip with ARM's Cortex-A76 CPU, world's first chip with Mali-G76 GPU, world's first chip that supports 2133 MHz LPDDR4X RAM, world's first chip with Dual NPU, world's first chip with dual ISP, and, world's first chip with LTE Cat.21 modem. The image recognition has improved tremendously as the dual NPUs help in achieving 4500 images per minute & hence, the recognition speed increases up to 120%.

And, the Honor Magic 2, which was teased recently on Twitter with the sliding camera feature, is also expected to be powered by the Kirin 980 SoC.

  • Terrell Bush