31 August 2018
Huawei is currently working on its next-gen flagship chipset called Kirin 980. It will be a successor to last year's Kirin 970 and has already been making rounds of the rumor mill. It is most likely to make its debut with the Mate 20 flagship and now, a new leak is claiming to reveal some crucial details about the same.
The leak mentions that the Kirin 980 will be developed using the 7nm manufacturing process. It will be an octa-core processor comprising of four ARM Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.8GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores with no information on the clock speed. It will be accompanied by Mali-G72 MP24 GPU with support for LPDD4X RAM.
Huawei is further said to offer second-generation Natural Processing Unit (NPU) for improved and more powerful artificial intelligence capabilities. Other changes include a triple ISP for improved image processing, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi Dual Band, and LTE Cat. 19 support.
While the whole leak is appearing to be interesting, it is worth noting that ARM has not made Cortex-A77 cores official yet. The highest on offer is Cortex-A76 at the moment. It means either this leak is fake or ARM has plans of announcing these new cores alongside the unveiling of Kirin 980 chipset.
Either way, we will suggest you take this report with a pinch of salt. We will keep you updated as more information will appear.