18 September 2017
Huawei has discreetly revealed details regarding its latest mobile processor, the Kirin 970, at the IFA 2017. Built on the 10nm FinFET architecture, the SoC boasts of an advanced NPU (Neural Processing Unit), which - as Huawei promises - can deliver a 3x performance boost over the previous generation.
The new NPU is capable of 1.92 Teraflops of FP16 compute performance. This is as much as thrice of what the 960's GPU could theoretically manage. Furthermore, the upgrade from 16nm to 10nm gives the new 970 a performance improvement with a much lower power consumption.
The CPU cores are laid out in an Octa-core configuration, with four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, and four ARM Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz. The GPU is a Mali-G72 MP12.
Additionally, the Kirin 970 includes dual-ISP for motion detection and low light enhancement, as well as support for HDR 10 with 4K (@ 60fps) decoding and 4K (@ 30fps) encoding,. The SoC carries an LTE Category 18 modem, which is one of its major features. According to Huawei, this new LTE chip is capable of 1.2 Gbps download speeds.
Huawei hasn't officially announced the new SoC yet at a launch event, but these details do come from the official channel. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are expected to ship with this new SoC next quarter.