Huawei confirms Kirin 980 launch at IFA 2018; Mate 20 launch set for October

Huawei Kirin 980 will be the first commercial CPU built on the new 7nm process.

  • Published: August 17, 2018 9:12 AM IST
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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has confirmed that its flagship smartphones, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, will be officially launched in October. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, has revealed that the company will launch its latest Kirin 980 chipset at IFA 2018 later this month.

Yu says the new chipset will be 20 percent and 40 percent more efficient than the Kirin 970 SoC powering its existing flagship devices. The Kirin 980 is expected to be world’s first commercially available chipset built on the more efficient 7nm process. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, Apple’s A11 Bionic, and Samsung’s Exynos 9810 are all fabricated using the 10nm process.

The leaks so far indicate Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the official partner of Apple, has begun work on new A12 CPU that will be built on the 7nm process as well. But the chipsets are not expected to be made official until the launch of iPhone in September. Gearburn reports that the company detailed the chip more closely in an official release shared with the South African media. Huawei will announce the Kirin 980 at its IFA event in Berlin in a few weeks.

The clarity around development of Kirin 980, and launch of Mate 20 comes as the renders of these new flagships start appearing online. The Kirin 980 is said to be an octa-core CPU with four high-power ARM Cortex A75 cores and four low-power Cortex A55 cores. It is said to support turbo CPU, where the clock frequency of the CPU is boosted based on demand. It is also rumored to pack a 24-core GPU, and support GPU Turbo technology.

As for Mate 20 series, Huawei is expected to launch three models – the Mate 20, the Mate 20 Pro, and the Mate 20 Lite. The Mate 20 Lite is expected to be a low-end model powered by Kirin 710 chipset, and might launch before the other two models.

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The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are expected to feature all-screen display design with a notch, and could be the first devices from the company to feature 3D facial recognition, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Yu has already confirmed that these two models will be powered by Kirin 980 chipset. The leaks so far suggest these two models will borrow the triple lens setup from Huawei P20 Pro.

The Huawei Mate 20 is rumored to sport a 6.3-inch AMOLED display, and have dual-curved edge display similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are also said to pack a 4,000mAh battery and support fast charging.

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  • Published Date: August 17, 2018 9:12 AM IST