What is special about the new processor Huawei Kirin 980

Monday, 03 Sep, 2018

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world's population. The device is apparently in the hands of a Huawei employee and is protected by a thick back cover. The best news is that fans won't have long to wait to get their grubby mitts on one. But the unique camera setup which matches the renders of the device makes a compelling case.

P 20 "spotted" at IFA.

Debuting with the Kirin 980 chip, Mali-G76 offers 46 per cent greater graphics processing power at 178 per cent improved power efficiency over the previous generation, according to Huawei. The manufacturer does not disclose the clock speed of the processor, but says it has grown in comparison with the predecessor. The TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) will carry out the production of the new 7nm chipset. Kirin 980 enables quicker app launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother user experience.

The brand new chip will be built upon a 7nm process which will bring radical improvement in performance and battery life over the current chips.

The Kirin 980 is the world's first SoC to be manufactured on a 7nm process. In short, the four efficiency cores will be used for less intensive tasks whereas the other four power cores will be used for much more intensive tasks. After all, Qualcomm doesn't have one and the Snapdragon 845 delivers fantastic all-round performance. The Kirin 980 features two "Big" Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, two "middle" Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 1.92 GHz, and four "little" Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz.

However, the processor is separated into two high-performance cores and two cores of high-efficiency Cortex-76! Therefore, making this a step away from conventional design. "Equipped with all-new CPU, GPU and Dual NPU, the Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications", CEO Richard Yu was quoted as saying in the report. 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%. Comparatively, Apple's A11 bionic chip identifies 2371 images and the Snapdragon 845 recognises 1458, the company added.

But why exactly is the Kirin 980 so interesting? The Kirin 980 is set to launch in October, while Qualcomm is working on the successor to the Snapdragon 845.

When quizzed in a group interview about Huawei's recent impressive sales performance, Yu gave a lengthy response where he said "Mate 20 will be even better [than the P20 Pro]... and next year the P30 will be even better".