Huawei Mate 10 could feature a powerful Kirin 970 chipset built on 10nm technology


The upcoming Huawei Mate 10 could shape up to be one beastly device. A recent post from an industry analyst on Chinese website Weibo indicates that the high-end handset could be the first to feature Huawei's in-house Kirin 970 chip that will be built on a 10nm process.

For comparison, the Kirin 960 found on the Huawei P10 uses a 16nm manufacturing technology. Generally speaking, a smaller semiconductor size translates to greater power efficiency and performance, which suggests that the Chinese manufacturer could make a sizable technological stride with the Mate 10. The Snapdragon 835 which powers flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and OnePlus 5 is also produced on a 10nm process, although Qualcomm platforms have a tendency to outperform their Kirin counterparts. 

The 970 is rumored to sport an octa-core CPU with 4 ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked up to 3GHz and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8GHz. A Mali-G71 MP8 will reportedly supply the graphics muscle.

According to other rumors, the Mate 10 will rock a nearly bezel-less design and a 6-inch display. It is also speculated that dual-camera compositions will be present both on the front and back of the device. Still, this information is based on rumors, so it is advisable to take it with a pinch of salt.

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17 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I think they will go with Mali-G72 as GPU

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope they at least use a MP12 with lower clocks The 960's MP8 is too hot and inefficienthttp://www.anandtech.com/show/11088/hisilicon-kirin-960-performance-and-power/5

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

10nm tsmc isnt ready , and i heard they skip 10 nm to go 7nm straight So Samsung will manufacture the kirin 970 ?

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Or using 12nm tsmc !? Nvidia Volta is built in 12 nm process

11. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Mean apple A11 will build on 12nm?.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No, TSMC's 12nm FFN is just their 16nm renamed and customized version for Nvidia (the N in FFN stands for Nvidia) It because TSMC's 7nm is not ready for desktop class GPUs The A11 will be TSMC's 10nm The A12 will most likely be TSMC's 7nm

17. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It is ready.

4. NoAllegiance unregistered

No change in GPU? That is bad, for Huawei and Honor 2018

12. Shubham412302

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Tell me one game that will need that much horsepower on android. Kirin processors may not be fast but are stable and provide good battery life and there is no heating issues.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's about more efficiency. MP20 wih lower clock speed is better for gaming that MP8 running at a higher frequency. Sustained load performance tests will show that.

5. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

We need dual SIM full active. We stack on mate 8 for that feature.

6. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Who cares. Honestly, time and time again with few exceptions have we seen a truly revolutionary increase in performance and battery life come out of these process node advances. The Mate 8 SoC, i forget which one, was one of them. Most of the promises of smoother performance are transient, relegated to the first month or two of using the device, and the gains in battery life are marginal if not non-existent.

7. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

It should be 4 cores A75 + 4 cores A55 + Mali G-72 on 10 nm...! It will be a beast.

8. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

everytime a huawei mate or p series are announced I feel honor series fans are the happiest coz they are basically being shown their future phones that will be half the price of the mate and p seriea

9. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

What 4 cores at 3Ghz this can easily crush any other mobile processor . Direct competition with Apple A11 that is said to be clocked 2.74 GHz. Nowadays the clock rates of mobile processors have started catching up the clock rates of pc processors .Someday mobile processors will be as powerfull as pc processors.

13. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Uhhh, no.....mobile processors can't sustain their peak clock speeds. Not to mention we had snapdragon 805 which did 2.7GHz way back in time. Clock speeds doesn't really mean anything by itself : )

10. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Mate 9 looks nice.. Too bad Mate 10 is 18:9

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