Huawei has already confirmed the launch date of its upcoming flagship smartphones, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, which is on October 16th in London Earlier this month, a leaked teaser of the phones revealed the capabilities of their main cameras. Now, another video clip has emerged over the Internet, which strongly confirms that both handsets will be powered by the its very own Kirin 980 system-on-chip (SoC) processor.
The Kirin 980 SoC was officially announced by the Chinese smartphone and semiconductor manufacturer at IFA Berlin last month, making it the first mobile chipset manufactured using the 7-nanometer silicon. Looking at the photo below, Huawei also claims it as the first chip with the new Cortex-A76 CPU cores, a dual-NPU, Mali-G76 GPU. Additionally, the Kirin 980 SoC is also the first chipset with a Category 21 LTE modem, and the first processor to support 2133MHz LPDDR4X.
While Huawei is the first technology company to unveil the 7-nanometer chipset for smartphone, Apple is the first one to commercialize a 7nm-sized chip. Yes, you read it right, Apple is the first one to bring the 7nm to the masses with its A12 Bionic chip fueled on the iPhone XS, XS Max and soon-to-be-release iPhone XR. Of course Apple is known for its secrecy and isn’t known for previewing nor introducing technology advancements prior to its keynote events.
Going back to the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, both phones’ octa-core chipset comes in a tri-cluster arrangement (2+2+4). The four Cortex-A76 cores are separated into two – one set is clocking at 2.6GHz while the other clocked at 2.2GHz. The former is responsible for handling high demanding short-term tasks while the latter handles high-demanding long-term jobs. The energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocks at 1.8GHz and handle simple daily tasks.
Hwawei’s Kirin 980 SoC also has a new ISP with a 46 percent increase in performance over predecessor. Huawei claims that the new processor also brings a 23 percent improvement in power efficiency and 33 percent improvement in latency.
Moreover, there is also the new dual Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) which Huawei calls it “Dual-Brain Power” that is claimed to be 120 percent more faster than that in the Kirin 970.
Specs-wise, the Mate 20 will reportedly feature a 6.3-inch OLED display with 3120 x 1440 resolution, 6GB RAM, 128GB, a 4,200mAh battery capacity an wireless charging support. As fro camera department, it will have a triple-lens camera system on the rear panel — a 20MP RGB sensor and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor as well as an 8MP telephoto lens to capture bokeh-enabled portrait photos. The Mate 20 Pro is expected to have an in-display fingerprint scanner and a wider notched on the topmost area of the display that houses front-facing selfie snapper and other key sensors.