Huawei had plenty to talk about at this year’s IFA, including unveiling its newest processor for smartphones and teasing the launch date for its newest flagship handset. The company took a moment to confirm that the Mate 20 will be announced on October 16 and that it will be the first smartphone powered by the Kirin 980 processor.
Of course, Huawei didn’t actually announce anything about the phone, so we have to rely on what we’ve heard out of the rumor mill so far. If that pans out, then we should expect to see a 6.3-inch display, a battery that measures in at 4200mAh, and three cameras on the back.
We’ll know more about the Mate 20 in October when Huawei announces the handset in London.
While that’s something to look forward to, Huawei did announce the Kirin 980 today. This is Huawei’s brand new 7nm system-on-chip (SoC), and it packs a lot of technology in a remarkably small package. The new processor is the first to boast Cortex-A76, and it comes packed with dual neural networks to handle processing routines.
TSMC manufactured the 7nm processor, which is based on a new octa-core architecture. There are two big cores that are clocked at 2.6GHz which handle heavy usage, including gaming. In the middle, there are a pair of middle cores that are clocked at 1.92GHz, which handle things like posting on social media networks. Finally, there are four Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8GHz, which will handle playing music and the majority of backgrounds tasks.
The pair of Neural Processing Units (NPUs) are designed to help the Kirin 980 run artificial intelligence processes faster and more fluently. Huawei’s example was image recognition. The Kirin 980 was able to identify 4,500 images per minute, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 managed to identify 2,371 during the same stretch of time.
That’s not all, though. The Kirin 980 also comes with the brand new Mali G76 GPU. Huawei says this equals around 30 percent better efficiency, especially when playing intensive games on mobile devices. The processor also supports 2,133MHz LPDDR4X RAM, which should improve general multitasking.
That’s an impressive processor, and it will be fun to see how well it handles out there in the real world when the Mate 20 launches into the public later this year.