Huawei announced last week the first 7nm chipset in the world, the Kirin 980 at IFA and based on the information that Huawei has revealed, it is positioned to be the leading chipset on the Android platform – making it the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 surpasses performance and energy efficiency. With the 7nm process, Huawei can package the transistors 1.6x times than the previous generation 10nm technology used by Snapdragon 845.
There are quite a few innovations that Huawei introduces with the Kirin 980. From the beginning this is the first processor equipped with the new ARM Cortex A76 cores and the Mail G76 GPU. The Kirin 980 has four Cortex A76 cores and four A55 cores.
ARM, the company that designed these cores, positions itself on Cortex A76 on "Laptop-class performance" and according to Huawei, the Kirin 980 will have 75% higher CPU performance than the Kirin 970, while the Mali-G76 will have 46% offer greater graphical processing power.
To get the most out of these fast cores, the Kirin 980 also supports the latest low-power DDR4X memory with a speed of 2133MHz. This means that your apps will be launched much faster and that your games will play smoother with higher frame rates. You can realistically expect the Kirin 980 to win more than 20% faster than the Snapdragon 845.
Another area where the Kirin 980 is expected to smoke competition is AI-based processing. Being a pioneer in AI with last year's NPU that was faster than any other commercially available mobile SoC, the Kirin 980 is equipped with a double NPU this year that can recognize up to 4,500 images per minute, or twice fast as the Snapdragon 845.
In addition to being fast, the Kirin 980 is also much more energy-efficient with Huawei claiming 58% more energy efficiency compared to its latest generation processor. What is especially interesting is that Huawei has divided the four Cortex A76 cores into two cores that operate at 2.6 GHz and the other two at 1.92 GHz. Each of these sets has its own stress level, which means that you will not waste much energy if the CPU is too high, for example when you play a resource-intensive game.
Huawei claims that the Kirin 980 can consume more than 30% less power than the Snapdragon 845 in games, which means that the battery life will be much better than that with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
Huawei has also improved the Wi-Fi speed on the Kirin 980 processor, which has a peak throughput of 1732 Mbps, which is more than twice as fast as the Qualcomm WiFi module on the Snapdragon 845. You can download games and movies faster and Enjoy continuous streaming of people like Netflix. In addition to fast WiFi, the Kirin 980 will also include the world's first Cat.21 modem, allowing 1.4 Gbps download speeds with LTE.
It is expected that the Kirin 980 processor will power upcoming HUAWEI Mate 20 flagship telephones and we can not wait to try it out. Based on the above information, we expect the fastest Android chipset this year, which will be announced in London on 16 October.