The Kirin 980 will feature ARM's Mali G76MP10 GPU, becoming the first processor with the unit. As seen with Huawei in recent times, the Kirin 980 boasts of numerous Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities.
Debuting with the Kirin 980 chip, Mali-G76 offers 46 per cent greater graphics processing power at 178 per cent improved power efficiency over the previous generation, according to Huawei. More importantly, Yu said, the Kirin 980 consumed 32 percent less power than the Snapdragon 845 during gaming sessions. Earlier at IFA 2018, Honor teased the Honor Magic 2 smartphone which will also pack the new Kirin 980 SoC, but unfortunately, there is no word on the launch date. During his keynote, Yu confirmed that the event would be held October 16 in London and introduce the Mate 20 series, which will run on the new processor.
The Kirin 980 is also the first SoC to embed Cortex-A76 cores, which are 75 per cent more powerful and 58 per cent more efficient compared to their previous generation.
However you look at it, the Kirin 980 is a feat of mobile engineering. The Kirin 980 includes dual Neural Processing Units (NPU).
Such design, as well as the fact that it is made on TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process, let Huawei make some bold claims, suggesting it could bring up to a 20 percent performance boost and up to a 40 percent performance improvement when it comes to power efficiency, l compared to the Kirin 970, which was not half bad either.
As GPU workloads start to increase, manufacturers are finding it easier to relegate image recognition tasks to separate cores and NPUs are definitely here to stay. As a comparison, the current Kirin 970, Snapdragon 845, Apple A11 and Samsung's 9810 SoC are now based on a 10nm process. In addition, Kirin 980 utilises the Multi-pass noise reduction solution that accurately removes artefacts without scrubbing away image details, resulting in better quality on images taken in low-light scenarios.
Side-by-side photos - first of a Ferris wheel, then of a stadium - drove this point home. This includes carrier aggregation across frequency bands, allowing users to have the same speeds with their telco of choice. There's also a faster Wi-Fi chipset, so getting data to your phone quickly shouldn't be an issue.
Perhaps we are seeing the first indicator of that with this announcement.