Kirin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing
To achieve this speed, Huawei and R&S used some of the enhancements employed in the field by carriers in this day and age. That includes 4x4 MIMO, and 256QAM. The former allows for additional data paths between a cell site and a handset thus increasing data speeds. 256QAM increases the number of bits sent during each transmission, which also increases data speeds.
You might wonder how the Kirin 970, which is expected to power the Huawei Mate 10, stacks up against Qualcomm's latest and greatest. As it turns out, the Snapdragon 835 is a step behind the Kirin 970, with support for Category 16 and top speeds of 1Gbps. Nothing to sneeze about, and the Snapdragon 835 has the honor of powering some of the top handsets available today such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the HTC U11, LG V30 and the Essential Phone. But the numbers don't lie, and for now the Kirin 970 wears the crown. In addition, the Kirin 970 includes a dedicated AI processor which will certainly be useful when the Mate 10 is launched later this year. The phone will be unveiled on October 16th.