For many years, Europe's largest electronics show, the IFA, where Huawei unveiled a new mate, was the largest of its flagship phones. That's not the case in 201
But to whet our appetite, Huawei gave us a preview of what is widely expected to drive the Mate 20. On Friday at the Berlin show, he showed the Kirin 980, his in-house phone chip, in response to Apple's A-Series chipsets and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors, the preferred chipsets of most Android phone manufacturers.
The Kirin 980 is significant because it is the first commercially available 7 nanometer on-chip (SoC) system. Huawei is far ahead in this regard. The first 7nm chips were expected in 2019 at the earliest.
The key features of the chip, which takes it past the previous generation, are improved overall performance, more efficient power consumption, and better capacity for AI power. For example, the chip can support both real-time video recognition and still image recognition.
The chip's eight cores are used flexibly depending on the device's requirements. Four small cores take over the power management, two middle cores ensure long-lasting performance and two large cores provide turbo boost in the most demanding gaming applications.
We'll see the Kirin 980 hopefully action when the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro debut in October. Other rumors include the suggestion that the Mate 20 Pro could have a 6.9-inch screen, making it more the size of a small tablet than a conventional phone. If this is on the big side for you, Huawei has a flagship alternative, the P20, which it released earlier this year and which is a manageable 6.1 inches.
First published, 31st August at 5:30 pm PT. 19659020] Update at 7:13 pm PT : Adds that the Kirin 980 will be released in both the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro after.
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