Huawei Announces Mate 20 Phone With Upgraded Chipset

Huawei Announces Mate 20 Phone With Upgraded Chipset

Not only is the Kirin 980 the world's first commercially available 7nm chipset - sourced from TSMC - it also packs in an all-new Kirin CPU subsystem with Flex-Scheduling technology, an all-new Mali-G76 GPU, a fourth-generation ISP and lots of new AI smarts courtesy an all-new Dual NPU. Another new feature of the ISP is improved motion tracking.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has confirmed to launch the Mate 20 series at a special event in London on October 16.

The 7nm process also delivers a 20 per cent improvement on performance and a 40 per cent improvement on efficiency compared to the 10nm process. However, the Kirin 980's actual worth may be defined when it comes up against a Snapdragon counterpart in real-world tests. But the Kirin 980 finally makes up for all of this and Huawei should be proud.

As for the rest of the specs, the phone comes with a 6.3-inch 19.5:9 Full HD+ notched display, 3,750mAh battery, Huawei's Kirin 710 processor, fast charging, 480fps slow-mo, face unlock, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD expansion (up to 256GB), a 3.5mm headphone jack, Huawei's Histen 3D Surround Sound system, as well as Android 8.1. The synergy between the Dual NPU results in an image recognition capability that is greater than the sum of two-the Kirin 980 can recognise up to 4,600 images per minute, up 120 per cent compared to Kirin 970. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands.

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Huawei brings LTE Cat.21 to the Kirin 980, with download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps as well as new WiFi with the peak 1,732Mbps download.

The Mate 20 series will consist of three smartphones - Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20 Lite. It wouldn't be announcing a new SoC this powerful for nothing. The Cortex A76 is a one of a kind and mark ARM's first crucial step at trying to hit two birds with one stone, or should we say, core.

This being 2018, Huawei is really leaning on AI as a selling point for the Mate 20 Lite: AI scene detection to automatically adjust camera settings, AI noise cancellation in phone calls, an AI shopping assistant that "eradicates the time-consuming task of online shopping", et cetera.

The author traveled to IFA as a guest of Huawei and Samsung.

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