Huawei announces Mate 20 Lite, coming September 5

Todd Singleton
September 2, 2018

Created by its subsidiary HiSilicon, the Kirin 980 is also the first-ever chip to be built on the 7nm process node, with the technology in question coming from TSMC. The power-saving Cortex-A55 cores are clocked at 1.8GHz and handle simple everyday tasks.

"The Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications", Yu added.

The Kirin 980 is not only the first 7nm processor in the world, it is also the first chipset with the new Cortex-A76 CPU cores; the first chipset with a dual-NPU; the first with the Mali-G76 GPU, the first with a Cat. The company also announced that the Mate 20 will be the first Kirin 980 powered smartphone, and it will be introduced in London on October 16. The company began Friday by hosting a keynote address at IFA 2018, during which it announced the new Kirin 980 SoC.

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Huawei says the Corte-A76 cores make the Kirin 980 75 percent more powerful and 58 percent more efficient than the previous generation of Kirin chipsets. There is Huawei's Kirin 710 processor inside, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. Running at higher clock speeds compared to the prior generation, Kirin 980 enables quicker app launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother user experience. As of now, the company has officially confirmed it to come powered by Kirin 980 octa-core processor. According to Huawei, the Kirin 980's G76 will offer a 46% performance boost and a staggering 176% power-efficiency gain over its predecessor.

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.

Lastly, Kirin 980 adopts a new pipeline dedicated to processing video captures, allowing the camera module to shoot videos with a 33% shorter delay, Huawei informed. As seen with Huawei in recent times, the Kirin 980 boasts of numerous Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands. The devices in question will belong to Huawei's upcoming Mate 20 line-up with at least two phones, the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro, expected to cram the latest mobile processor.

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