23 July 2018
Yesterday, we have seen the announcement of a number of new products including new smartphones and Wearable products. Apart from unveiling new devices, the company also unveils the Kirin 970 chipset. It is the company's first chipset built on the FinFet 12nm process. The Nova 3i was announced as the first smartphone with the Kirin 710 chipset. Today we have info that Huawei will unveil their flagship Kirin 980 chipset at the IFA 2018 event later this year in Berlin.
The Kirin 980 will be unveiled as a successor chipset of Kirin 970 which is powering all premium smartphones from Huawei since Q4 2017. Once the kirin 980 will be official we can expect it to power Mate 20 and one premium smartphone under Honor branding by the end of this year.
From what we heard so far the Kirin 980 chipset will be the first Huawei chipset built on the 7nm process and it will be manufactured by TSMC. It is important to mention that TSMC also produces A12 SoCs for Apple on the same process. The Kirin 970 was featuring a dedicated NPU, now the Kirin 980 is expected with Cambrian NPU with a much-improved performance.
The Cambrian NPU is quite powerful as it can handle 5 trillion calculations per watt. It will be available in a number of configurations including dual, quad and Octa-cores. The Mate 20 is expected to be the first Huawei smartphone with the Kirin 980 SoC. The device earlier AnTuTu benchmark scores show it achieves whopping 356,819 points.
The Kirin 710 is the Huawei's response to the Snapdragon 710 SoC. Recently the Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 710 as upper mid-range SoC to power the smartphones below flagships category. The Kirin 710 chipset is built on the 10nm process. Its an Octa-core SoC, the first quad is Cortex-A73 clocking at 2.2Ghz whereas the second quad is Cortex-A53 with 1.7Ghz clocking speed. Huawei claims the Kirin 710 performs 75% better in single-core test whereas on multi-core its performance is 68% than its predecessor Kirin 659.
The new SoC also brings improvement in capturing low-light shots. we also heard that Huawei is working on Kirin 1020 chipset which is 2x powerful than the current gen Kirin 970. However, this chipset will go in mass production once the 5G network in out. The company wants to bring this chipset to their first 5G smartphone.