Within the framework of the IFA 2018 in Berlin, Huawei presented the new flagship HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. It is the world’s first chipset based on the advanced 7-nm process technology, which provides greater performance with less power consumption. The chip included a new graphics Mali, which also became more powerful and energy efficient.
The composition of the Kirin 980 includes eight cores: two high-performance Cortex-A76, two energy-efficient Cortex-A76, and four low-power Cortex-A55. The manufacturer does not disclose the processor clock speed but assures that it has grown in comparison with its predecessor. Also, the new technology implemented Flex-scheduling technology, which is responsible for ensuring that any task involved the necessary kernels. Due to this, both productivity and autonomy should grow. According to Huawei, Kirin 980 is 37% more potent than last year’s Kirin 970.
For the graphics in the Kirin 980 meets the new video accelerator Mali-G76. Compared to the Mali-G72 used in the Kirin 970, it became 46% more powerful, and its energy efficiency increased by 178%. Also, this accelerator uses technology to increase the frequency when starting games automatically.
Kirin 980 also received support for LPDDR4X memory with a frequency of 2 133 MHz and dual unit of neural computing Dual-Brain Power. The latter can recognize up to 4,500 images per minute, which is about 120% faster than in the case of the Kirin 970. The new processor also includes an LTE Cat modem. 21 with a maximum transfer rate of 1.4 Gbit / s and supports Wi-Fi up to 1,732 Gb/s. Moreover, Huawei used a new image processing processor, which improves the quality of the received photos.
The first devices based on the Kirin 980 will be smartphones Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, which will show in October.
In addition to Kirin 980, Huawei showed new variants of P20 Pro in IFA 2018 in four additional colors: white, gradient and with a black and brown leather back cover. Also, the smart column AI Cube and GPS tracker Huawei Locator were presented.
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