Kirin 980 SoC gets detailed with 2.8GHz clock speed & custom GPU

Kirin 980 SoC gets detailed with 2.8GHz clock speed & custom GPU

With the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro set to make their debut in October, Huawei is expected to formally announce the processor that will be inside the devices at this year’s IFA event, as it has done in the past. But, with over a month to go, sources from China have detailed what can be expected from the brand’s next flagship SoC.

The new processor, which will be known as the HiSilicon Kirin 980, looks set to boast an octa-core setup, as is typical these days. This will be formed by four Cortex-A55 cores that will handle simple tasks that require only small amounts of processing power, and a separate four Cortex-A77 cores, which will be clocked at 2.8GHz and will take over whenever high levels of performance are necessary. Interestingly, though, the Cortex-A77 cores don't presently exist, so it's worth taking this with a pinch of salt. In any case, all of this will be coupled with a new in-house GPU that is said to outperform Qualcomm’s Adreno 630 – used by the Snapdragon 845 – by up to 50%, and an improved neural processing unit. On one final note, it’s worth noting that the new Kirin 980 is largely expected to be manufactured by TSMC on the new 7nm process, thus providing improvements to the levels of efficiency in addition to the overall performance.

Overall, with the Kirin 980 on the inside, it’s clear that both the upcoming Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will provide some significant performance improvements over the current Mate 10 duo which ship with the Kirin 970 chip inside. However, with Apple expected to debut its A12 chip in September alongside the 2018 iPhone lineup, and Qualcomm also set to unveil the Snapdragon 855 by the end of the year, it’ll remain to be seen how Huawei’s offering stacks up against its rivals.

source: ITHome (translated) via: GSMArena

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18 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

But... Can it compete at least with Apple A11

2. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

No , Apple A11 is handicapped by iOS iOS 11 Also A12 will get destroyed by 500$ Android flagship , cuz iOS 12 will unoptimized lagfest

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Also only 3GB of Ram. The lag will get worse.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think 2 new iPhones will have 4GB.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

It doesn’t with iOS 12.

14. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Android phones comes with 6 and 8 gig of ram now let iPhone X plus comes with 6 gig of ram and will see how’s the fastest.

17. RevolutionA

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Benchmark scores talk the truth

18. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

How would the ios 12 be unoptimized lagfest? Where's your proof? And how can a $500 android flagship beat an A12, if it doesn't offer a chip with the same power as the A12?

5. peace247 unregistered

.......

6. peace247 unregistered

lol...even a $400 android can surpass the iPhone x.

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

US government is afraid of real innovation.... Ban on Huawei can't save there Crape.

16. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Ban on Huawei can save there crap lol may I asked somthing somthing did you use Huawei flagship?! Don’t think so I used mate 10, mate 10 Pro, mate 8, P20 Pro and mate 7 all Huawei wanna be iPhone and galaxy and there Kirin Soc are sucks big time especially there GPU are one the worst smart phone GPU I’ve ever used plus the overheating if you use the phone more the 30 minutes. Huawei only in paper other than that nothing.

4. josephnero

Posts: 781; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Um,shouldn't that be A76? There is no Arm A77 core yet

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yes they should be A76. But I think HiSilicon will rush and equip the SoC with last year's A75 cores instead. As it did with the Kirin 970. This will again put it behind the upcoming 855.

7. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

How long untill we get 3.0ghz speeds?

9. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

Huawei is showing a lot this year. Never have I ever hear about them as much as I am this years. Good for them as they are in my radar now

10. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

BTW I am saying 'me' referring to a lot of people too since they now are everywhere, much because of the P20 Pro

13. josephnero

Posts: 781; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

No unlockable bootloader makes it a no no for me though

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