The chipset is the world's first commercial SoC manufactured with TSMC's 7nm process and will be used in Huawei's next-generation smartphones.
"The Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications", Yu added, as reported by IANS. Kirin 980 is the hardware that will be inside the forthcoming Mate 20 due in October as well as the P20 and P20 Pro replacement due early next year which we reckon will be called the P30 and P30 Pro. While the Kirin 970 was the world's first SoC to feature a neural processing unit, its successor comes with a Dual-NPU meant to elevate its on-device artificial intelligence computing, with a comprehensive image signal processor designed by HiSilicon also being part of the package.
The first smartphone to be powered by the Kirin 980 chipset will be Huwaei's Mate 20 series which is expected to be launched next month. Huawei projects that it will improve on that of the Kirin 970 by up to 134%. while using 88% less power. In tandem with Huawei's Flex-Scheduling technology the Kirin 980 SoC can automatically "designate the high-performance cores to handle immediate, intensive workloads, the high-efficiency cores to provide sustained performance, and ultra-efficiency cores to tackle every day, light activities with extreme power efficiency".
The Kirin 980 is also notably the world's first processor built around ARM's Cortex-A76 CPU and Mali-G76 GPU.
As graphics in mobile games have become more and more sophisticated in recent years, Huawei has integrated the Mali-G76 GPU (graphics processing unit) into the Kirin 980 to deliver improved gaming experiences. It also gets new HDR features, new noise reduction algorithms, better motion tracking, and more. When a user attempts to snap a photo of a moving person, the ISP can still recognise the subject with 97.4 per cent accuracy. According to Huawei's testing, the Kirin 980 tallied an average frame rate of 59.3 FPS compare to 48.5 FPS for the Snapdragon 845.
Huawei brings LTE Cat.21 to the Kirin 980, with download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps as well as new WiFi with the peak 1,732Mbps download. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands.