Report: Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC entered mass production this month

Huawei, one of the world's largest handset makers, will be among the last to unveil its flagship smartphone for the second half of the year. While Samsung, HMD, Google and even Apple are expected to announce new products in the next couple of months, Huawei will introduce the Mate 10 in October.

However, one thing that will set the Mate 10 apart from other flagships to be launched on the market later this year is the SoC (system-on-chip). Huawei is expected to include its new, not yet released, HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset inside the Mate 10.

Although previous reports suggested Huawei may start mass-production of the Kirin 970 sometime in September, Chinese media now claims manufacturing of the CPU has already commenced.

Huawei plans to compete with Qualcomm and Samsung on a top-tier level, as Kirin 970 will be made using a similar 10nm process. In fact, this might be the first mobile processor to feature some sort of enhanced AI features.

Also, Huawei suggested in the past that its new Kirin 970 SoC will include a state-of-the-art GPU (graphics processing unit), more powerful than anything yet released. I guess we'll find out more about Huawei new mobile processor very soon since it's ready for mass-production.

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Mate 10
  • Display 5.9" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(25h 3G talk time)



1. Defaramade

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2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Probably no Cortex-A75s & A55s with DynamIQ which puts up-to 8 cores in a single cluster which means no latency and seamless transferring of load from weaker cores to stronger ones. Even Snapdragon 835's successor doesn't seem to bring this new architecture. I guess we will have to wait a few years!

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Cortex-A75s & A55s were just announced at the end of May, just over a couple months ago The 835 is from March (the 836 is just better bins of the 835) We won't see the Cortex-A75s & A55s until Q4 2017 (possibly a Kirin 980, but unlikely) or Q1 2018 (most likely)

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Hope #StorageGate won't be happening again.

4. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the mate 10 will be a beast

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

The Kirin 970 is sounding very promising!

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1366; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

" first mobile processor to feature some sort of enhanced AI features." - ( Hopefully not a back door reporting back to the communist government. ) how will this get pass the US ban on tech from foreign governments in light that this company was already under scrutiny for developing telco - equipment that had spyware ?

8. tiz_meh

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

No custom rom for Kirin cpu, look at mate 9 xda it like a ghost town.

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