Huawei Unveil the Kirin 980 – IFA2018

Huawei has chosen their keynote event here at IFA 2018 to Launch their new Kirin 980 SOC which features the first 7nm chip construction.

The key stand out features of the chipset are to enable better facilitation of the On Device AI that was introduced last year with the Kirin 970.

We now have a new CPU that is based on a Cortex A-76 platform using an octa-core architecture of “2 Big, 2 Middle and 4 Small. These are 2 High-performance Cortex A-76 cores, “High-efficiency Cortex A-76 cores and then 4 Cortex A-55 cores. This unique configuration is manipulated by using an innovative Kirin CPU subsystem with Flex Scheduling technology to allow the right core to be assigned to the right tasks as per the needs being demanded by the user.

Essentially this is meaning that if you are just using the phone to send a text to someone then it will only utilise one of the smaller cores and then as you demand more such as streaming media more cores will come online to handle the load. It is not until you are using the device for high-end gaming that you will really start to push the load on the CPU that it will need to engage the high power and performing chips.

This allows the device to be very efficient and lean on battery life whilst also having the reserve power for multitasking and associated tasks.

Another area where there has been an improvement is in the areas concerning Graphics The SOC has now got a Mali-G76 GPU onboard allowing for a massive step up in graphics processing power of 46% whilst maintaining a 178% improvement in efficiency over the previous generation. In addition to this, Mali -G76 features innovative clock boosting technology that works with AI to identify gaming workloads and then allocate further resources as and when needed. So this will make your games work better and give higher framerates allowing for better fragging!


The other thing that Huawei wanted to shout about was the fact that the onboard AI system has now been doubled to allow much better facilitation of the chipsets new enhanced capabilities. So now we got double the amount of AI oomph. One of the areas were this can easily be seen and also understood by us mere mortals is when it comes to image recognition. Now we saw the real world capabilities of this in the form of the Kirin 970 and their self-guided car back at MWC earlier this year however that will now pale in comparison to what can now be done. The Kirin 980 with its Dual NPU set up will now be able to recognize 4500 images per minute up 120% over the previous gen. This I just a staggering number and I am excited to see how they utilize this on future devices.

Imaging has always been a big part of Huawei devices and it is whyI really like using my P20 Pro whenever I am travelling so to see some more improvements to the ISP on the chip s really exciting. They have continued the support for multi-camera setups and are also implementing an all-new HDR colour reproduction technology to manipulate contrast levels. This will improve the effectiveness of the shadowing effects that are found in the camera UI Improved motion tracking is also now on board to allow for much better recognition of moving objects allowing capture of those fleeting moments.

Last but by no means least is connectivity. The Kirin 980 will now support the worlds first LTE Cat.21 modem with a peak download speed of 1.4Gbps allowing for more seamless connectivity when on the go.

The device is also compatible with the Balong 5000 5G modem

All of these things have culminated in the Kirin 980 is a chipset that is setting the bar for others to be compared against for the rest of the year and I am genuinely excited by what is coming next from Huawei in the form of their Handsets.