To win big against rival smartphones, Huawei is going small with its next chipset.
Huawei announced its next-generation high-end Kirin 980 processor at IFA 2018 on Friday and it is indeed the world's first commercial 7nm processor. The chip will be 20% faster and 40% more efficient than 10nm chips. More importantly, however, it had the potential to be the world's first 7nm mobile processor, depending on when it would be released.
Apple is reportedly using a 7-nanometer process to build its upcoming A12 mobile processor, and it just announced a press event for September 12 where it's expected to unveil new iPhones - including the iPhone XS and XS Plus - powered by that new chip.
With the Kirin 980, Huawei's introduced its best smartphone processor in recent history.
The very highly anticipated Huawei Mate 20 is finally getting some official attention from Huawei after the announcement of the core of the phone - the Kirin 980 processor.
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For now though, Huawei can revel in what having a 7-nanometer chip will mean for the performance of its upcoming phones, particularly since it could potentially help Huawei establish its Kirin 980-powered phones as the fastest Android devices around.
When it comes to video, the Kirin 980 allows the camera to shoot with 33 per cent less delay. In an octa-core configuration, the CPU in Kirin 980 is comprised of two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores; two high-efficiency Cortex-A76 cores; and two extreme efficiency Cortex-A55 cores, the company said. Huawei projects that it will improve on that of the Kirin 970 by up to 134%. while using 88% less power. The GPU will also use Huawei's GPU Turbo technology which can boost the GPU clock under heavy load, providing better gaming performance, Huawei claimed. Debuting with the Kirin 980 chip, the Mali-G76 offers 46% greater graphics processing power at 178% improved power efficiency over the previous generation, according to Huawei.
"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.
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