While the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors power most of the phones in the mid to high-end market for the big manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, and OnePlus.
It is almost certain that the successor to the 970 will be launched in IFA at the start of September, which will likely follow with the launch of Huawei’s Mate 20 later in the year. The Kirin 980 will be manufactured by TSMC and it will be made using the same 7nm process used for Apple’s A12 processor. Furthermore, the chipset will also feature a new Cambrian NPU from Cambricon Technologies. The new Cambrian AI processor is said to provide 5 trillion calculations per watt and will be available in dual, quad, and octa-core variants depending on the level of AI processing required. The flagship chipset will also have ARM’s core A75 CPU cores but will feature Huawei’s own GPU, a first for the company. That is all we currently know about the 980 for now.
In the meantime, Huawei has announced the chip that will power their mid-range devices and will likely compete with the Snapdragon 720. The Kirin 710 is Huawei’s first 12nm chipset. The smaller size means there should be a significant improvement in power consumption and performance when compared to the 16nm Kirin 659.
Performance has seen a very large improvement, the Kirin 710’s single-core performance is said to be 75% higher than that of the Kirin 659 while for multi-core performance, it offers a 68% increase in performance
The chipset consists of four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. The GPU is an ARM Mali G5 which is said to be 1.3 times better than that of the Kirin 659 and 1x more energy efficient.
The DSP and ISP have also been upgraded and offer significant improvement in the camera department, especially in low-light conditions. The SoC is also capable of scene recognition and face unlock.