Huawei Kirin 980:
Last year Huawei introduced Kirin 970 at IFA and it looks like this year’s flagship chipset will also be unveiled in Berlin. The Kirin 980 is approaching its release with more filtered specifications, including the CPU cluster.
According to sources in China, the maximum clock speed will be 2.8 GHz for the four powerful Cortex-A77 cores. While they will do the performance work, there are four more Cortex-A55 for energy efficiency.
|CPU||Clock speed||Core cluster|
|Kirin 710||2.2 GHz + 1.8 GHz||4x Cortex A73 + 4x Cortex-A53|
|Kirin 980||2.8 GHz||4x Cortex-A77 + 4x Cortex-A55|
|Kirin 970||2.4 GHz + 1.8 GHz||4x Cortex-A73 + 4x Cortex-A53|
The Kirin 980 will be built in the 7nm FinFET process by TSMC. Early rumors also suggested that it will adopt the latest AI chip technology from Cambricorn that is expected to make the NPU even smoother and achieve up to 5 trillion calculations per watt.
The speculation also suggests an internal GPU of HiSilicon, the Huawei subsidiary responsible for the chipset design. It is said to be 1.5 times faster than the Adreno 630 that is currently paired with Snapdragon 845 by Qualcomm.
The first phone that will arrive with the Kirin 980 should be Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro that are usually presented in the last quarter of the year. The first AnTuTu benchmarks of April suggested a massive improvement in performance.
Huawei recently launched the Kirin 710 SoC as successor to the Kirin 659. The recently launched Nova 3i is the company’s first smartphone to introduce the company’s new 10nm mid-range SoC. It includes four Cortex A73 cores running at 2.2 GHz and four Cortex A53 CPU cores running at 1.7 GHz along with the ARM Mali G5 GPU that offers 1.3 times better performance than the Kirin 659 GPU.