Huawei Kirin 980 officially launched: Dual NPU, 5G modem and more

Huawei Kirin 980 officially launched: Dual NPU, 5G modem and more

Huawei officially launched their latest HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset today at IFA 2018 as the world’s first 7nm chipset. The chipset is also the first in the world to feature the MALI-G76 graphics processing unit, CAT 21 5G Modem for up to 1.4Gbps downloads, a dual NPU (neural network processing unit), Cortex-A76 processors and more.

Interestingly, instead of the Honor Magic 2 that is teased by Honor, Huawei’s sub-brand, earlier today in IFA 2018, the first phone to release to the consumer that will sport the new chipset will be the Huawei Mate 20, which we don’t even have any information regarding its launch yet.

According to Huawei, the Kirin 980 now offers a 46% better performing ISP (Image Signal Processor) and 178% power efficiency over the Kirin 970. The ISP utilizes multi-pass noise reduction without scrubbing away image details, improved motion tracking and a new pipeline dedicated to processing video for 33 percent shorter delay. In short, the Mate 20 could take sharper photos in low-light, take better motion shots and record videos faster.

Also announced with the Kirin 980 chipset was that the Huawei P20 series now comes in morpho aurora and pearl white for Malaysia (but there are also international versions in black leather and golden brown). Huawei also announced their Huawei AI Cube smart speaker but since it wasn’t included in the Malaysian press release, we assume that it might not be coming here.

As stated earlier, official words from Huawei regarding the Mate 20 is nil, and same goes for the Malaysia release and pricing. Be assured that we will be among the first to report back if there is word on it though.

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