Huawei is building up hype for their upcoming Mate 20-series. In their IFA 2018 event, the company announced the Kirin 980 chipset, the new processor that will be powering their upcoming high-end smartphones.

The new Kirin 980 chip has tons of  “world’s first” features. One of them is being the first ever processor to be built under a 7nm process. Huawei claims that it can dethrone the 10nm chips from the competition, including the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm.


It has two Cortex-A76 performance cores, two Cortex-A76 efficiency cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for lighter tasks. The Kirin 980 is also the first chipset to come with a Mali-G76 GPU, which provides 46% better performance by also lowering the power consumption by 178%, when compared to its predecessor.

Huawei also put a dual NPU chip on this device, which can drastically improve its capabilities in handling AI-related tasks. It is also the first chipset to support 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory.

And since one of Huawei’s main focus is mobile photography, the Kirin 980 gets an improved ISP. It can provide a 46% speed bump from the ISP that the Kirin 970 has. It will also come with other great features such as multi-pass noise reduction, better HDR modes, and more.


The connectivity features on this chipset was also enhanced. It gains a 4G LTE Cat.21 modem, which can have up to 1.4Gbps of download speeds. The WiFi was also upgraded as it can now handle up to 1.7Gbps of download speeds.

We won’t see the new Kirin 980 in action until the Huawei Mate 20 series gets released in October. But when it does, we can expect it to crush different benchmark apps.

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