Huawei has just taken to the stage at IFA 2018 to introduce the Kirin 980, the system on a chip (SoC) that it says will bring about the next evolution of mobile AI. The second generation AI chip is said to be smarter and more powerful than any other smartphone processor on the market.
Starting from its basic block design, Huawei's the first with the Kirin 980 at two ends. Huawei Mate 20 Lite is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, coupled with Mali-G51 GPU.
The 7nm process also delivers a 20 per cent improvement on performance and a 40 per cent improvement on efficiency compared to the 10nm process. It is quite possible that there will be bundle offers again, perhaps packaged together with headphones like the P20 Pro and the Mate 10 Pro were.
The cutting-edge TSMC 7nm process technology enables Kirin 980 to pack 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm per square die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation.
The Huawei Mate 20 Lite release date is set for October, and in the United Kingdom it will cost £379 (around $500, AU$680). However, the Kirin 980's actual worth may be defined when it comes up against a Snapdragon counterpart in real-world tests.
For its new processor, Huawei embeds Cortex-A76 cores - another first, according to the company.
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Not only was the Kirin 980 made using TMSC's N7 node, it is also the first to feature the new Cortex A76s as 4 of its 8 cores.
The Dual NPU Kirin 980 elevates the On-Device AI experience with greater processing power and intelligence.
The Kirin 980 will be seen shortly on the upcoming Huawei flagships later this year. But the Kirin 980 finally makes up for all of this and Huawei should be proud.
The gaming experience on the Kirin 980 looks pretty good, too, at least based on a video Yu showed during his keynote. The Kirin 980 doubles down on that with a dual neural processing unit. The 980 also has a new, larger NPU.
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.
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