Announced at the IFA 2018 in Berlin, the Kirin 980 is the latest generation super-fast processing chip representing a whole host of firsts for its makers:
- world's first 7nm process mobile phone SoC chipset,
- world’s first cortex-A76 architecture chipset,
- world’s first dual NPU design,
- world’s first chipset to support LTE Cat.21.
The Kirin 980 combines multiple technological innovations and builds on and improves what its predecessor, the Kirin 970 achieved, in particular with regard to its in-built Neural Processing and Artificial Intelligence capabilities. Performance has been improved by 20% and power efficiency by 40%. Overall energy efficiency has risen by a massive 58%, all of this resulting in longer smartphone battery life and higher overall performance.
Another key area in which substantial improvements have been made is that of connectivity. As noted above, the Kirin 980 is the first to support LTE Cat.21 which supports the fastest downlink at 1.4 Gbps and can also provide a stable connection in busy areas such as subways. Thanks to the Hi1103A, the technology supports a theoretical peak download speed of 1.7 Gbps and bandwidth of 160 MHz, almost twice the industry level. A GPS supported by industry leading L1 + L5 dual frequency ultra-precise positioning will also improve the accuracy of your target location if you choose to use map navigation.
As of yet, there are no HONOR Smartphones featuring the 980 Processor currently on the market. That is all set to change, however, with the launch of the HONOR Magic 2 scheduled for later this month. This phone has been designed to push screen space to the maximum and will feature almost no bezels at all. The Intelligent Magic Slide System, a slide-up design that opens the phone manually and houses one of the phone’s cameras will also help achieve this end given it creates a screen to body ratio that is as close to 100% as it’s possible to get; something seen as highly desirable in the current market. Once activated, the user can access AI features, something the HONOR brand does well. The HONOR Magic 2 will support safe but fast 40W charging and will, of course, be the first of the brand’s products to be built around the Kirin 980 processor. Other features will include: a 6.38-inch OLED display with 2,880 x 1,440-pixel resolution and three rear camera sensors; a 24-megapixel RGB sensor, a 16MP monochrome sensor to pick up detail at night, and a 8-megapixel telephoto lens.
Avid industry watchers will have to keep waiting to find out more about HONOR’s newest smartphone when it launches, most likely on 26 October.