Just a small note to detail one of Huawei’s announcements today: alongside the Kirin 980 announcement, Richard Yu, Huawei’s CEO, stated that their next generation flagship device, the Mate 20, will be launched on October 16th. At the heart of the new device will be that Kirin 980, which Huawei boasts as having several world firsts.

As with previous years, Huawei has announced a new flagship SoC one month and followed it 6-8 weeks later with a device announcement. It has happened the last two years, and this is no different: the Kirin 970 from last year is in at least 7 devices from Honor and Huawei now, so we expect the new Kirin 980 to be just as prolific.

For full details of the chip, head on over to Andrei’s analysis, but the specification is as follows;

HiSilicon High-End Kirin SoC Lineup
SoC Kirin 980 Kirin 970 Kirin 960
CPU 2x A76 @ 2.60 GHz
2x A76 @ 1.92 GHz
@ 512KB L2's

4x A55 @ 1.80 GHz
@ 128KB L2's

4x A73 @ 2.36 GHz
4x A53 @ 1.84 GHz

2MB L2
4x A73 @ 2.36GHz
4x A53 @ 1.84GHz

2MB L2
GPU ARM Mali-G76MP10
@ 720 MHz
ARM Mali-G72MP12
@ 746 MHz
ARM Mali-G71MP8
@ 1037MHz
4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz 34.1GB/s
4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4X @ 1833 MHz
4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4 @ 1866MHz
Storage I/F UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
ISP/Camera New Dual ISP
+46% speed
Dual 14-bit ISP Dual 14-bit ISP
Encode/Decode 2160p60 Decode
2160p?? Encode
2160p60 Decode
2160p30 Encode
1080p H.264
Decode & Encode

2160p30 HEVC
Integrated Modem Kirin 980 Integrated LTE
(Category 21/18)

DL = 1400 Mbps
4x4 MIMO
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
(5CA no MIMO)

UL = 200 Mbps
2x2 MIMO
1x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
Kirin 970 Integrated LTE
(Category 18/13)

DL = 1200 Mbps
5x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Kirin 960 Integrated LTE
(Category 12/13)

DL = 600Mbps
4x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Sensor Hub i8 i7 i6
NPU Dual @ >2x perf Yes No
Mfc. Process TSMC 7nm TSMC 10nm TSMC 16nm FFC

We will be there at the launch, and if the phone matches the impressive specifications of the chip, we will be in for an interesting story.

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  • goatfajitas - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    I am looking forward to this... I just got my wife a Mate 10 pro 1 month ago and I have to say it's a really nice phone, and not all bloated out like every Samsung ever.
  • duploxxx - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    the gui skin is still too much bloated, android one on the flag ship and sell like crazy
  • zodiacfml - Saturday, September 1, 2018 - link

    I guess Anandtech should like into this.
    I have a Samsung, though it is bloated, I was able to disable not often used apps with a built-in feature and Greenify. My launcher is Nova with no icons/apps on the screen. No slowdowns at all except launching apps which are not in memory.
  • s.yu - Saturday, September 8, 2018 - link

    I agree, Samsung has support for microSD cards and on any flash tier 128GB or above keeping the (carrier specific) bloat disabled shouldn't be too much of an annoyance, they'll probably just take around 0.5GB of space and nothing else. The current Samsung Experience is pretty refined otherwise.
  • unrulycow - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    I agree with duploxxx, Android One is what they need to make it great
  • Lord of the Bored - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    Make pocket computing great again!

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