Huawei Mate 20 launch to be preceded by Kirin 980 announcement this month

Huawei Mate 20 launch to be preceded by Kirin 980 announcement this month
Released in October 2017, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro packs a powerful Kirin 970 SoC

There’s a lot of information currently flying around in regards to Huawei’s upcoming Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro high-end smartphones, some of which could still prove to be false or at least partially inaccurate.

But one thing we never really doubted was the company’s next flagship duo would pack a hot new in-house Kirin 980 processor. After all, last year’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro debuted the super-powerful Kirin 970 SoC, which was also found inside the P20 and P20 Pro this spring.

Well, it’s now officially confirmed that the Kirin 980 “will power the Mate 20 series”, and a fairly easy to guess release schedule is etched in stone too. As expected, “the world’s first 7 nm chipset” will be formally unveiled at the IFA Berlin trade show later this month, making its commercial debut on the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in October.

Oh, yeah, the company also just casually confirmed that 7 nanometer upgrade, which means the Kirin 980 is most likely substantially faster and more energy-efficient than its predecessor. Keep in mind that both the Kirin 970 and Qualcomm’s latest state-of-the-art smartphone chip, the Snapdragon 845, are based on 10 nm architecture. And the 7 nm Snapdragon 855 is unlikely to see daylight this year.

While Huawei stops short of confirming anything else, a number of Mate 20 rumors are bizarrely mentioned in its Kirin 980-focused press release, which history suggests might simply be an unconventional tactic of misdirection. 

The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro could come with a home-brewed GPU, but all in all, that feels like a long shot. Also, the Kirin 980 SoC may or may not be comprised of four Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55 CPU cores, the former cluster of which may or may not be clocked at a whopping 2.8 GHz speed.

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Mate 20
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

What I like it is based on 7 nm, the first CPU at any platform to reach this level. but I don't know about the modem


Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014


3. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Homebrew GPU sounds interesting.

4. delta

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

Till i don't see of what is capable the new homebrew gpu or the rumored new Mali g72 mp24 i will not believe in the power of this soc, the kirin 970 gpu was the weaker of all socs last year, at best maybe as powerful as the one in the older sd 820/821, weaker than the older adreno 540 or the already weak mali g72 mp18 of the Exynos 9810.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

G72 MP24 actually should offer better perf/watt than the Adreno 630 That's a HUGE GPU, on 10nm that would be ~25mm2 The Adreno 630 is TINY, just a "dual core" GPU, its ~10mm2 The A11's "tri core" GPU is ~15mm2 Will be interesting to see how that compares with the 855's 3-4 "core" GPU on 7nm or the A12's 4-5 "core" GPU

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