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November 21, 2018

Kirin 980: Best Processor for Android

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The brand-new Kirin 980 processor is set to wow smartphone users across the world. Find out all you need to know here.

Over the past few years, smartphone manufacturers have been competing against each other to create ever better experiences. And most of the advances have come because of the ever increasing power and ability of the processors used in them.

Now, HONOR are planning to introduce new smartphones based on the Kirin 980 processor, which is an epic leap forward. Keep reading for all the technical (and practical) reasons you should get your hands on one.

The Kirin 980 is, like all smartphone chips, a system on a chip. This means that it is capable of doing lots of different things at once. Very capable, in fact. The Kirin 980 is so powerful that it can process 4,500 pictures in one minute, or 75 a second. To put it another way, it means that the picture you just took has been processed in just over a hundredth of a second. To us slow humans, that's instantaneous.

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The real breakthrough has been the way in which the chip is created. Chips are manufactured by essentially 'drawing' tiny electrical circuits on a small piece of silicon. And they really are tiny. The Kirin 980 uses a ground-breaking seven-nanometre manufacturing process. Now, you may not know exactly how to visualise that, so let's do this quick exercise: grab a ruler and look at a single millimetre. See how small it is? Good, now go ahead and divide that millimetre into roughly 140,000 equal divisions. Exactly. That's how close together the transistors on the new Kirin 980 processor are, and it is why it can handle so much so quickly.

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This mind-bogglingly small system has allowed HONOR to squeeze 6.9 billion (yes, billion) transistors onto the Kirin 980, which makes it perfect for the new EMUI 9.0 user interface. EMUI has long focussed on making the user experience perfect, and with the power of the new chip, that goal will take a leap forward. It features advanced Artificial Intelligence, with a dual Neural Processing Unit providing the back-end grunt to allow the resulting phones to constantly adapt to each individual user, learning how we like to do things and altering to fit the person, rather than the other way around, as phones used to work.

Android, which is the operating system on which EMUI is based, is currently receiving an update, and the big focus of that is on precisely this sort of seamless adaptation. This means that, in order to harness the benefits of this new technology, you need to have a phone with a processor that is up to the task. With the new products being developed by HONOR that will feature the Kirin 980 chip, you can be sure that you can enjoy the latest tech, but still with the smart, sleek design and ease of use that HONOR is well famed for.