The Kirin 980 is expected to be launched at IFA 2018 happening in September at Berlin, Germany. New details regarding the specifications of the 980 have been reported by the Chinese publication, ITHome.
Their sources from China have apparently confirmed that the 980 will be powered by the Cortex-A77 and Cortex-A55 cores. The Kirin 980 will follow the big.LITTLE architecture. Being an octa-core processor, there would be a cluster of four powerful Cortex-A77 cores and another cluster of four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. The clock frequency of the processor is said to be 2.8GHz. It is reported to be built on the 7nm FinFet process by TSMC.
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It’s no news that the Kirin chipsets fall behind Qualcomm when it comes to graphics. Looks like the Kirin 980 is ready to go head-to-head with Qualcomm in the GPU segment too. Apparently, the 980 will sport an in-house GPU designed by Huawei. The new GPU is said to be 1.5 times faster than the Adreno 630 that is a part of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. The first phones expected to sport the 980 are the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The Huawei Mate 20 visited AnTuTu with the 980 and recording some great scores crossing 350,000+ points. The 980 seems like a significant improvement over the 970, at least in the GPU department.