In addition to improvements on the CPU and the GPU side, the Kirin 980 will also support LPDDR4X 2133MHz memory, which are likely to further boost performance. Huawei says the first Kirin 980-powered device will arrive in October.
Huawei has just announced its new system on chip which will power its next generation of flagship smartphones. More importantly, Yu said, the Kirin 980 consumed 32 percent less power than the Snapdragon 845 during gaming sessions. The company began Friday by hosting a keynote address at IFA 2018, during which it announced the new Kirin 980 SoC.
The Kirin 980 also rethinks architecture in the name of efficiency, ditching the traditional dual-cluster strategy for a three-layer approach to computing. During his keynote, Yu confirmed that the event would be held October 16 in London and introduce the Mate 20 series, which will run on the new processor. The Kirin 980 also has same gaming specific features to set the processor into game mode when a game is detected; this might make this the ultimate PUBG device for Android. According to Gartner, Huawei shipped nearly 50M devices in the second quarter of 2018 and achieved almost 13.3% of the smartphone market share.
However you look at it, the Kirin 980 is a feat of mobile engineering.
Compared to the previous generation 10nm process, the 7nm process delivers 20% improved SoC performance and 40% more efficiency, said Huawei which surpassed Apple to become the second-largest global smartphone seller behind Samsung in the second quarter of this year.
Speaking of standing out, Huawei's building on its NPU with the Kirin 980. That's largely reflected in the new processor's image-recognition capabilities. As a comparison, the current Kirin 970, Snapdragon 845, Apple A11 and Samsung's 9810 SoC are now based on a 10nm process.
The Dual NPU also increases the on-device Ai experience as it offers double the processing power and intelligence.
On the networking front, the Kirin 980 platform includes an LTE Cat.21 modem that delivers download speed of up to 1.4 Gbps. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands.
As impressive as Huawei's claims are, we're interested to see how they stand up to our testing.
Perhaps we are seeing the first indicator of that with this announcement.