The Huawei introduced the Kirin 970 last year at IFA and it looks like this years flagship chips will be also be revealed in Berlin. The Kirin 980 is nearing its launch date and rumours about their specs are surfacing the internet, also rumours including the CPU cluster.
According to a few sources in China, the Kirin 980 the top four Cortex-A77 cores will hit a maximum clock speed of 2.8GHz and the top four chips will be accountable for the performance of the device while the bottom four Cortex-A55 cores will be responsible for the reliability of the Soc.
|#||CPU||Clock Speed||Core Cluster|
|1||Kirin 710||2.2 GHz + 1.8 GHz||4x Cortex A73 + 4x Cortex-A53|
|2||Kirin 980||2.8 GHz||4x Cortex-A77 + 4x Cortex-A55|
|3||Kirin 970||2.4 GHz + 1.8 GHz||4x Cortex-A73 + 4x Cortex-A53|
The Kirin 980 will be built on the 7nm FinFET process by TSMC. Earlier rumours also suggested it will utilize latest AI chip technology by Cambricorn that is expected to make the NPU even smoother and capable of 5 trillion calculations per watt.
Thoughts are also suggesting an in-house GPU from HiSilicon (Huawei subsidiary responsible for designing the chipset). It is said to be 1.5 times faster than the Adreno 630 which is currently paired with Snapdragon 845 by Qualcomm.
Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro should be the first phones to rock the Kirin 980 under the hood since they are usually unveiled in the last quarter of the year. Early AnTuTu benchmarks from April suggested a massive improvement in performance, but the results looked sceptical at best.