When it comes to today’s smartphones, techies often base their impression on one thing first: the processor. In Huawei’s case, the company broke new ground by standing out from the sea of Mediatek and Snapdragon-powered phones by introducing the Kirin chipsets. After receiving praise for the P20 and P20 Pro’s success because of the Kirin 970, Huawei stirs up another storm by introducing an even more powerful Kirin 980 processor.
Deviating from the common practice of procuring chipsets from third-party manufacturers, Huawei possesses direct control on the production of their Kirin processors. With the Kirin 980, Huawei foresees a revolutionary addition in mobile computing. This new chipset is capable of tremendous performance and higher efficiency. It currently holds the record for being the world’s first mobile chipset with a dual-core Neural Processing Unit. Under this feature, users will experience more accurate responses to AI-assisted enhancements such as object recognition in photography.
Along with this incredible processing power, the Kirin 980 also promises an immersive gaming experience as it can launch heavy apps with ease. In addition, the Kirin 980 is equipped with an Hi1103 Wi-Fi module—dubbed as the world’s fastest Wi-Fi chipset—which can support a max bandwidth of 160MB and a theoretical download speed of 1.7Gps.
The Kirin 980 is also a giant in power efficiency: despite being 20% faster than the Kirin 970, it also uses up 40% less energy. This innovation allows users to do more without running the risk of suddenly running out of battery.
Huawei is set to soon announce new devices that will be powered by the Kirin 980.