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Huawei shows off 7nm Kirin 980 SoC

Huawei shows off 7nm Kirin 980 SoC

The TSMC-sourced 7nm process enables the Kirin 980 to pack 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation. "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".

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is all set to launch its Huawei Mate 20 series in October this year.

Not only was the Kirin 980 made using TMSC's N7 node, it is also the first to feature the new Cortex A76s as 4 of its 8 cores. Huawei's Kirin 980 is with us and it's officially the world's first 7nm smartphone processor. The company began Friday by hosting a keynote address at IFA 2018, during which it announced the new Kirin 980 SoC. Huawei projects that it will improve on that of the Kirin 970 by up to 134%. while using 88% less power. This means a faster phone with better battery life, but also quicker app launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother user experience. There is Huawei's Kirin 710 processor inside, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage.

For its new processor, Huawei embeds Cortex-A76 cores - another first, according to the company. Graphics are also handled by a new ARM-designed Mali-G76 processor that promises a 46 percent improvement over the previous generation.

In addition to sheer performance, Huawei is also focusing on AI, with dual NPU units which are claimed to provide up to 220 percent faster image recognition, allowing it to recognize up to 4,500 images per minute.

While the Kirin 980 is not a 5G chip, it's the first in the world to have a mode with LTE Category 21 support, thus being capable of delivering 1.4Gbps download speeds when connected to the right infrastructure.

"The Huawei Kirin 980 is a further demonstration of our commitment to improve our customers' experience" Said Larking Huang, Managing Director of Huawei Australia Consumer Business Group. The photos shot by the Kirin 980-powered device captured sharper detail than the ones photographed by the Snapdragon 845: you were still able to make out the words on signs even in the dark.

The company also introduced new colours and genuine Italian leather variants of its Huawei P20 Pro phones.


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