Huawei all set to launch Mate 20 series on 16 October

Huawei Kirin 980 is the World’s First Commercial 7nm Chipset, To Power Mate 20 Series and Honor Magic 2

This has reportedly been done to keep the A76's power consumption under control.

The significant upgrades offered by the Kirin 980 definitely has me curious about what Huawei has planned for the Mate 20.

The very highly anticipated Huawei Mate 20 is finally getting some official attention from Huawei after the announcement of the core of the phone - the Kirin 980 processor. The result is an SoC that is claimed to deliver 20 per cent improved performance and 40 per cent improved efficiency over its predecessor, aka the Kirin 970. The Mate 20 is expected to run Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, with EMUI 9 skin on top. Yu says the Kirin 980 will outperform the Snapdragon 845 and use less power while doing it. The chip packs eight cores in total, including two super-big Cortex-A76 cores for heavy-duty processing, two big Cortex-A76 cores for sustained performance, and four small Cortex-A55 cores for increased efficiency during regular activities. In addition to being the first 7nm SoC, Huawei said it ticks a couple of other boxes, including the first to use Cortex-A76 cores, the first with Mali G76 GPU, the first with dual NPUs, the first with Cat.21 LTE modem, the first supporting LPDDR4X-2133, the first with up to 1.7Mbps WiFi, and the first with dual ISP. The Kirin 980 will feature ARM's Mali G76MP10 GPU, becoming the first processor with the unit. We are used to holding phones with glass, metal, or plastic backs, but now the handling feels exquisite, and we can compare the experience to a nice premium-brand wallet or an expensive suit belt. As seen with Huawei in recent times, the Kirin 980 boasts of numerous Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities.

But a bit about the Kirin 980 first.

According to Huawei, the Kirin 980 is able to achieve a 75% performance gain over the Kirin 970. The Kirin 980 doubles down on that with a dual neural processing unit. Goes to show how much of a difference a new manufacturing process can make. It also makes the Huawei logo pop up after it was washed down with the Twilight panel.

Multi-pass noise reduction is utilised to remove remove artifacts without a loss of image detail in low-light images.

Side-by-side photos - first of a Ferris wheel, then of a stadium - drove this point home.

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