At the IFA 2018, Huawei announced its new processor the Kirin 980 SoC, which is its latest flagship chipset and will be used in all of its upcoming flagships as well as Honor flagships of this year. For the past 3 years the Kirin 980 has been under development and if Huawei’s statements are correct, it could very well spell trouble for its Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Processor.
The Kirin 980 is the first mobile chipset in the mobile world, which is to be made using the 7 nm manufacturing process. It is also the first SoC made around ARM’s Cortex-A76 CPU and the Mali-G76 GPU, which are include brand new designs. If we talk about the size the Kirin 980 may not be larger than a fingernail, but it boasts of more than 6.9 billion transistors running on it which makes it very fast. The Snapdragon 845 in comparison has about 4.3 billion, as does Apple’s A11 Bionic chip.
Competing chips are built on a 10 nm process in the Kiron 980, which means that in theory that is in regular, they’re relatively more power hungry and generate more heat.
The Kirin 980 is an octa-core chipset where two cores are for so-called turbo performance, in which two are for high-term performance, and the last four are used to maximize power efficiency of the system.
With these interesting facts, The Kirin 980 is also the very first chipset with a Cat.21 smartphone modem supporting speeds up to 1.4 Gbps and is also 5G ready which is so cool according to me. It will also be offering the “world’s fastest” smartphone Wi-Fi speed, apparently clocking in at 1,732 Mbps.
That really is a lot of firsts or we can say that its so much improved and it is no wonder that Huawei was very keen on comparing its chipset with its arch-rival, the Snapdragon 845. The Snapdragon 845 SoC is more than 7 months old while the Kirin 980 has not even started shipping as of now. Qualcomm’s new chips which are going to be as awesome as the Kirin 98 are also expected in the next few months.
Huawei also claims that the Kirin 980 has 20 percent better bandwidth and 22 percent lower latency than the Snapdragon 845 which is very nice actually. While gaming ( the most important part ), the 980 will be producing a 22 percent higher frame rate than the 845 while consuming 32 percent less power, claims Huawei.
The Kirin 980 also has a dual NPU which is said to accomplish AI-assisted image recognition tasks at a rate of 4,500 images per minute very helpful for the camera lover people. The A11 Bionic and Snapdragon 845 identified 2,371 and 1,458 respectively, as per Huawei. Added to this is the fact that the Kirin 980 is 46% faster at camera processing than its predecessor, the Kirin 970.