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Ahead of its Mate 20 series launch, Huawei raved up the excitement, as it introduced the chip that will most likely power its next flagships, the much-awaited Kirin 980.

The Kirin 980 is the world’s first 7nm chipset,  and offers up to 37% increase in overall performance over the Kirin 970. It uses 2 clusters, one is made up of 4 A76 cores, 2 of which are clocked higher than the other two. The second cluster on the other hand, uses four efficient A55 cores.

In order to achieve maximum efficiency, Huawei also developed Flex-Scheduling technology, which intelligently assigns the  right cores for the right tasks. The new SoC is equipped with a Mali-G76 GPU, which offers significant improvements compared to the Mali-G72.


Other notable improvements include support for 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory, 1.4Gbps Cat 21 LTE, a new ISP that delivers a 46% increase in data throughput, and improved multi-camera support, HDR Color Reproduction Technology, Multi-Pass Noise Reduction, and a dual NPU chip, which is 120% faster than the previous single NPU chip on the Kirin 970.

Of course, everything is still on paper for now, until we see an actual device that runs on it. But so far, it’s a promising step for the next generation of smartphones from the brand.





Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.