Being touted as the world’s first 7nm FinFET smartphone SoC, the Kirin 980 is getting a lot of coverage these days. The Kirin 980 is going to be announced later this month and almost all the press in the world wants to see what level of efficiency and performance it can bring to the smartphones. Furthermore, it was more than just expected that the upcoming Mate 20 and Mate 20+ will be featuring the Kirin 980 chipset, but confirmation was needed. Now, we have received the confirmation and we can’t wait to see both of the smartphones in action when they will be released.

The CEO Richard Yu himself has confirmed that both of the smartphones, the Mate 20 and the Mate 20+ will be featuring the Kirin 980. On August 31, during the IFA 2018 trade show, the announcement of the Kirin 980 might take place. There is a high chance that the Mate 20 and Mate 20+ will not be unveiled there.

Both of the smartphones, the Mate 20 and Mate 20+ might be getting launched at a different event. The Kirin 980 chipset will be armed with an octa-core processor, having four cores that belong to ARM’s Cortex-A76 and possibly it will be running at 2.80GHz while the other four cores belong to ARM’s Cortex-A55, the clock speed details are not revealed yet.


This image shows the specifications of the Kirin 980 chipset.


The new NPU’s details are sparse but the chipset will probably provide complex AI computing. It will certainly be interesting to see what Huawei have up their sleeves for this year because┬áthe NPU inside the Kirin 970 was capable enough to be used inside autonomous cars. The new NPU is said to be able to carry around 5 trillion calculations per watt, but we will still have to see that in which applications it will be most useful with since software AI does the most work in touching up the images that you take with the camera and it will also be required in other scenarios as well.

Stay tuned for more!