Huawei To Launch the Mate 20 with Kirin 980 on October 16th

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
4×4 MIMO
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
(5CA no MIMO)

UL = 200 Mbps
2×2 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.