As we all know, Huawei introduces their flagship Chipsets with its Flagship Mate series each year and this year Huawei’s new Kirin 980 SoC. As per recent reports, it is clear that it will be more powerful than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC. The latest rumors say that Huawei will begin mass production of the Kirin 980 later this quarter, in Berlin, Germany in September. A processor that will be made at TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd.) factories with the 7nm manufacturing process.
Speculations are also suggesting an in-house GPU from HiSilicon, the Huawei subsidiary responsible for designing the chipset. It is said to be 1.5 times faster than the Adreno 630 that is currently paired with Snapdragon 845 by Qualcomm.
Cambricon is a Chinese company that specializes in smart chips making for AI and cloud computing. Its Cambrian 1A AI processor is the NPU present in the Kirin 970. The new Cambrian AI processor to provide 5 trillion calculations per watt and will be available in dual, quad, and octa-core variants depending on the level of AI processing required.
We’re probably looking at quite a powerful GPU here, and the Kirin 980 will probably include eight cores, and support Bluetooth 5.0, though that’s only a guess on our part. The Kirin 970, for comparison’s sake, features four Cortex-A73 and four Cortex-A53 cores, while the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU is included in the package as well. That chip supports UFS 2.1, and it is made using TSMC’s 10nm manufacturing process. Of course, we’re leery of the entire thing. Benchmark listings are notoriously easy to game, and this may very well be no different from the plethora of fake benchmark sightings we’ve had in the past.
If the benchmarks are to go by, the Mate 20 has achieved an extraordinary feat. The phone has apparently scored 356,918 points, which is a record right there. It is higher than what any other device has achieved until now. The performance boost could be credited to Huawei’s upcoming SoC, the Kirin 980. It is also expected to have a 2nd-gen NPU (neural processing unit) that will handle the AI-related tasks.
The Kirin 980 could prove to be a force to reckon with. Qualcomm already views Huawei’s chip unit as a threat, and the Kirin 980 might redefine the market of the future.