Inside Huawei's awesome new phone hardware destined for Mate 20 in October

Inside Huawei's awesome new phone hardware destined for Mate 20 in October

Chinese smartphone maker and telecommunication giant Huawei has just announced the launch of a new variant of its current flagship in the market, the Huawei P20 Pro at IFA 2018. It's a 7-nanometer processor, which Huawei says should translate to improved performance and power efficiency compared to 10-nanometer chips.

After Honor's CEO George Zhao let the proverbial cat out of the bag at its launch yesterday, Huawei has now officially announced its new chipset at IFA, the Kirin 980. The Huawei Mate 20 is set to be the first device to feature it due on 16 October 2018 in London.

While it isn't very surprising to hear that Huawei's phones have been doing well in China, the P20 Pro and the P20 have been outselling their predecessors in Western Europe, and that's something for the company to be excited about. Coincidentally, the Snapdragon 845-powered Galaxy S9+ outscored the Mate 10 Pro by 22 percent when we tested both phones using GeekBench 4, which measures general performance.

"The Kirin 980 will be used in smartphones and tablets".

For its new processor, Huawei embeds Cortex-A76 cores - another first, according to the company.

This is the world's first commercial System on a Chip (SOC) to be based on 7nm process manufactured by TSMC.

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As graphics in mobile games have become more and more sophisticated in recent years, Huawei has integrated the Mali-G76 GPU (graphics processing unit) into the Kirin 980 to deliver improved gaming experiences. To that end the Kirin 980 has increased the computational ability of the included Image Signal Processor ISP by 46%.

That should mean better gaming experiences, even when comparing Huawei's phones to other platforms. More power for less battery, put simply.

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. As a comparison, the current Kirin 970, Snapdragon 845, Apple A11 and Samsung's 9810 SoC are now based on a 10nm process. This will allow devices powered by the Kirin 980 to access significant power-efficient image processing capabilities.

Lastly, Kirin 980 adopts a new pipeline dedicated to processing video captures, allowing the camera module to shoot videos with a 33% shorter delay, Huawei informed.

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

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