Huawei launches Kirin 980, world's first commercial 7nm processor

Huawei launches Kirin 980, world's first commercial 7nm processor

Huawei launches Kirin 980, world's first commercial 7nm processor

According to Huawei, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 is the most smartphone SoC (system-on-chip) beating the likes of Snapdragon 845 and Apple A11 Bionic chipset. This solution designates the large high-performance cores to handle immediate, intensive workloads; the large, high-efficiency cores to provide sustained performance; and ultra-efficiency cores to tackle every day, light activities with extreme power efficiency. There is also the new dual NPU chipset termed "Dual-Brain Power" that is about 120% faster than the NPU in the Kirin 970. Kirin 980 is the hardware that will be inside the forthcoming Mate 20 due in October as well as the P20 and P20 Pro replacement due early next year which we reckon will be called the P30 and P30 Pro.

Huawei has attracted a lot of attention with its Kirin SoCs, and while it always lagged behind the competition, it appears that the game will soon change with the flagship Kirin 980 SoC, which is the world's first SoC made on TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process. While the company launched the Mate 20 Lite smartphone powered by Kirin 710 SoC, they also announced to launch the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones on October 16th in London. Around front, the new handset has a 24MP "Fusion Pixel" camera with an aperture of f/2.0 that's also coupled with a 2MP camera. Huawei projects that it will improve on that of the Kirin 970 by up to 134%. while using 88% less power. But the Kirin 980 finally makes up for all of this and Huawei should be proud.

The Huawei Kirin 980 SoC packs 6.9 billion transistors, a 6.8x increment in transistor density starting with the 28nm Kirin 920.

The clock speed and number of cores of the Mali-G76 GPU wasn't revealed but Huawei says it brings a 48% increase in terms of performance and a 178% increase in power management.

This would entail in quicker app launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother user experience, claims Huawei.

Motion tracking also gets a boost, with the ISP able to recognise a moving subject with 97.4 per cent accuracy.

While it isn't very surprising to hear that Huawei's phones have been doing well in China, the P20 Pro and the P20 have been outselling their predecessors in Western Europe, and that's something for the company to be excited about.

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