Huawei unveils its new Kirin 980 mobile processor

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Now, ahead of the official launch, the Mate 20 with triple rear cameras was spotted in wild at the IFA show floor, courtesy of Spanish publication Tecnofilo. Another new feature of the ISP is improved motion tracking.

Yu confirmed that the first smartphone to be powered by the Kirin 980 chipset will be Huwaei's Mate 20 series which is expected to be launched next month. However, the Kirin 980's actual worth may be defined when it comes up against a Snapdragon counterpart in real-world tests. I may not be able to get on 5G with it (It is 5G ready, but that will be irrelevant in Australia), but I'll still be tempted if Huawei up the ante on camera phone photography again.

The 7nm process also delivers a 20 per cent improvement on performance and a 40 per cent improvement on efficiency compared to the 10nm process.

Huawei has integrated the Mali-G76 GPU into the Kirin 980 that offers 46 per cent greater graphics processing power at 178 per cent improved power efficiency over the previous generation.

In layman's terms - the technology used in the Kirin 980 SoC makes everything more efficient and faster.

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Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite, and provides a suite of tools that simplifies the difficulty of engineering on-device AI, allowing developers to easily tap into the leading processing power of the dual NPU. The Kirin 980 can apparently recognise up to 4,600 images per minute, which is up 120 per cent compared to Kirin 970.

On the networking front, the Kirin 980 platform includes an LTE Cat.21 modem that delivers download speed of up to 1.4 Gbps.

While the P20 Pro is impressive, Huawei still hasn't released a phone with the specs or price point to really challenge the likes of Samsung and Apple in the premium mobile space. The Cortex A76 is a one of a kind and mark ARM's first crucial step at trying to hit two birds with one stone, or should we say, core.

It's been a pretty big day for Huawei. However, it did try to sate some of its fans' enthusiasm by unveiling the handsets' cheaper sibling, the Mate 20 Lite, at IFA 2018.

We'll be checking out the Huawei Mate 20 when it's announced and with a powerful new processor, excellent camera pedigree and design to match, it's shaping up to be a heck of a phone.

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