Huawei has confirmed its next-generation flagship chipset as the Kirin 980 which will power the upcoming Mate 20 series that’s set to launch sometime in October. The confirmation comes from Huawei CEO, Richard Yu who made it crystal clear that the Kirin 980 is going to be the world’s first 7nm chipset that’s commercially available and will power the next generation Mate 20 series.
According to an official release to Gearburn, Huawei revealed that the Kirin 980 will be announced during the IFA 2018 event in Berlin which is set to start at the end of August. The Chinese company said that their upcoming SoC will employ a conventional octa-core-core CPU with four A76 cores and four A55 cores, the former peaking at 2.8GHz.
The Kirin 980 will be manufactured on TSMC’s 7nm process which is expected to be 20 percent faster in performance to the compared to the Kirin 970, which itself is just a few months old. The SoC will also reduce the power consumption by 40 percent in contrast to its 10nm predecessor.
Huawei will also be employing a refined version of AI processing on the Kirin 980 which won’t be limited to camera enhancements alone but also performance and fine turning of app usage. Considering, this is a flagship chipset, it’s likely that Huawei will also be developing toward making its GPU Turbo technology more effective with the new chipset.
Coming to terms with the Mate 20 series, Huawei will be launching three devices under the Mate lineup with a Pro and Lite versions racked up next to the standard Mate 20. Although there is no word on the release date, we can expect the device to launch somewhere around October, meaning the Mate 20 won’t be showcased during the IFA event in Berlin, but the Kirin 980 might.
The Mate 20 is reported to equip a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display with a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. In addition to being powered by the Kirin 980, the device will come with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Imaging on the Mate 20 is expected to be a triple-camera setup at the rear that will come with Leica branding and a 40-megapixel main sensor. The device could also be the first Huawei phone to come with EMUI 9.0 that will be based on Android 9 Pie.