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Performance boost in upcoming Huawei Mate 20 series phone

New Kirin 980 chipset features a 7-nanometer mobile AI chipset that promises more intelligence in Huawei’s upcoming mobiles

The Kirin 980 can accurately identify a variety of objects, making the leap from image recognition to object detection.
The Kirin 980 can accurately identify a variety of objects, making the leap from image recognition to object detection.

The Huawei Mate 20 series smartphone, to be launched in Dubai on October 24th, will feature the company’s new AI-powered Kirin 980 chipset.

The 7-nanometer Kirin 980 mobile AI chipset promises 75% more speed and 58% more efficiency than its predecessor, the Kirin 970, which powered the Mate 10 that was launched last year.

During a roundtable session held in the UAE on 19 September, a global Huawei expert detailed how its 7-nanometer chipset is expected to bring the next level of true AI in Huawei’s upcoming flagship phone.

The 7nm processor packs 6.9 billion transistors - 1.6 times more than the previous generation. Running at a high clock speed, Kirin 980 enables quicker app launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother user experience. The Kirin 980’s configuration of cores are allocated to tasks depending on the device requirements at that point in time.

As graphics in mobile games have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, the Mali-G76 GPU that debuts in the Kirin 980 delivers 46 % greater graphics processing power at 178% improved power efficiency over the previous generation for an overall better gaming experience. It also features a clock boosting technology that utilises AI to intelligently identify gaming workloads and adjust resource allocation for optimal gaming performance.

Camera Capabilities

The newly launched chipset will further enhance the camera capabilities in the upcoming mate 20 series. The flagship will have Huawei’s proprietary fourth-generation ISP that provides better support for multi-camera configurations, as well as an all-new HDR color reproduction technology that can manipulate picture contrast to highlight objects on various parts of an image. In addition, the Kirin 980’s noise reduction solution results in better quality on images taken in low-light and improved motion tracking that recognises a moving subject with 97.4% accuracy, so users can capture fleeting moments with ease.

The rise of video-centric social media platforms brought together with it a surge of demand for video features. Kirin 980 adopts a new pipeline dedicated to processing video captures, allowing the camera module to shoot videos with 33% shorter delay.

For connectivity of phones powered by Kirin 980, Huawei integrated a modem supporting LTE Cat.21 with a peak download speed of 1.4Gbps. Additionally, with carrier aggregation across frequency bands, users will be free to choose their mobile operators and still enjoy the same connectivity experience wherever they are.

Following the Mate 10 launch last year which featured the first camera with built-in AI, the Kirin 980 promises an improved on-device AI experience with better object recognition, real-time video processing, and real-time object segmentation due to the 7-nanometer mobile AI chipset that results in an image recognition capability of up to 4,500 images per minute.