The Kirin 980 is Huawei’s upcoming flagship mobile SoC whose specifications surfaced at the end of last month, well, its specs have just popped up yet again. The Kirin 980 is actually expected to become official by the end of this month, as the company will probably talk more about that chip during this year’s IFA in Berlin, so it’s not really surprising that we’re seeing such extensive leaks regarding the Kirin 980.
That being said, the newly-leaked info comes from some sort of a benchmarking app it seems. The images, that are provided down below, suggest that the chip will become official in Q3 2018, which seems to be accurate, as it will become official by the end of this month. The Kirin 980 will be a 64-bit processor made using a 7nm manufacturing process. This processor will consist out of eight cores, four Cortex-A177 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores, though we do not know what clock speeds to expect here. Included on the Kirin 980, you will also get the Mali-G72 MP24 GPU for graphics processing, and that’s a 24-core graphics card, in case you were wondering. That is a huge improvement compared to the Kirin 970, which was quite powerful on its own, as the Kirin 970 shipped with a 12-core GPU.
The Kirin 980 will support LPDDR4X RAM, and it will come with a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for AI tasks. That NPU unit will be called the NPU M1, and it will work at 1.6 TFLOPs. The Kirin 980 will support display resolutions up to 3840 x 2160, while it will deliver support for Category 19 4G LTE, at least as far as download speeds are concerned, you’ll get support for Category 13 LTE when it comes to uploads. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac will be a part of the package as well, and the same can be said for Bluetooth 5.0 and a triple ISP. Dual SIM support will be included here as well, while the company’s upcoming Mate 20 flagship smartphones will be the first to include this processor.