Kirin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing

Kirin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing
Huawei's Kirin 970 chipset is the first to support Category 18 for downlink speeds and Category 13 uplink speeds. This means that the Kirin 970 can reach downlink speeds as fast as 1.2Gbps. And darn if the Kirin 970 didn't hit that mark in a recent test conducted by Huawei and Rohde & Schwarz. The latter is a German company that manufactures test and measurement equipment for mobile radios.

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.

source: Huawei

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35 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2246; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Carriers have not hit gigabit speeds or deployed 5G. Apple will be there next year. Why adopt something that carriers have not released yet?

3. Beijendorf unregistered

It's called future-proofing.

4. Nopers unregistered

Why future proof a phone that’ll be replaced in less than 2 years, 5G networks are due to roll out in 2020.

5. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Exactly -_-

7. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Keep the resale value up. It's better to have it than not. Also, most people don't buy a new phone every second year.

28. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

people are brain washed by apple and samsung buy a new phone every 9 months strategy

29. Nopers unregistered

It’s not like it suddenly stops working when 5G rolls out. Sure it’s better to have it than to not but right now I don’t see a point in making a massive deal out of it.

30. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Resale value in Android? Dream on. If you want resale value buy iPhones. If you want features, buy an Android device 6 months after its release and you’ll get it for 30% less. With such a rebate nobody cares about resale.

8. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

So you'd rather stand still for the next 2yrs

20. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

starting 18

22. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Korea plan to launch 5G before 2018 winter olympic.. and that's only 6 months away from now

23. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

That's a serious question?? Or u joking

25. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Some people buy phones when they are discounted and others keep their phones several years. You might still be see folks with an iPhone 4s or s3 for example.

26. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Some people buy phones when they are discounted and others keep their phones several years. You might still be see folks with an iPhone 4s or s3 for example.

39. user890

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 07, 2017

why is the 2015 Galaxy s6 still for sale everywhere? Not everyone buys the latest flagships smartass.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 467; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

carriers started rolling out gigabit LTE which supports speeds upto 1gbps. 5G is completely different...My best guess is Apple will support gigabit LTE in 2019 and 5G in 2023

15. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

many source i have read 5G is not mobile first Technology, with IOT, Robots, Autonomous car etc 5G will be optimized to run them. 4G will be here to stay for long time, probably 5 years or more. we will see 4.5G, 4.9G etc

18. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

maybe .. just maybe.... maybe because real companies that want to be at the top try to push tech as far as they can and not recycle features with small batteries like apple and samsung ...

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Some countries have 5G already and Huawei is global distributer. Not to mention the fact that some people do keep their phones for a long time and phones with this chip could very well be the best budget 5G compatible phones in the next 2-3 years.

32. frequency

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Because it's huawei. It is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world. Cell phone business is just part of their goal for future 5G network.

2. fyah_king unregistered

Can't wait for my mate 10.

9. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Is this SoC better than exynos

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes but it's huawei exclusive the same way the exynos is Samsung (and sometimes Meizu) exclusive.

13. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

am not sure about this kirin, but kirin 960 was not better than exynos used in flagships, Anandtech did test it, it has slow Gpu compare to competition and consumed more power around 9 watts which is bad, thats why Huawei flagship has big battery. http://www.anandtech.com/show/11088/hisilicon-kirin-960-performance-and-power/5

16. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Well, I'll take my 8hrs of screen on time with my mate 9 and 4000mah any day.

24. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Almost all Huawei phones gives that much SOT

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I wouldn't go as far as calling it slow though, it's more than adequate for most users. CPU performance was on par with the Exynos though, better than the SD835.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, Huawei GPUs aren't slow anymore, but they are behind in efficiency You must be confusing the 835 with the 820/821 The 960/970's CPU is almost exactly the same as the 835's (4x A73s + 4x A53s) Both are about on par in performance with the 8895 But the 835's GPU is way more efficient both the 960, 970 and 8895 835 > 8895 > 960 970 is closer to the 8895, but its NPU may give it an advantage in ML (but need to see benchmarks vs the 835's DSP first)

11. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Is it called Kirin or Kinrin??

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Kirin.

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