Just days before the release of its next flagship, Huawei is taking a jab at Apple and its current-generation phones, in particular, the A12 Bionic processor.
The Chinese company claims that its upcoming Kirin 980, which like the A12 Bionic is built on a 7nm process, will be better than the Apple chip in terms of performance. The statement basically stopped there.
The Kirin 980 itself was unveiled earlier this month before Apple crashed its party and brought the first 7nm processor to the market. Huawei is expected to make its debut next month as the company unveils its Mate 20 series phones.
The news couldn’t have come at a more awkward time for Huawei, which was caught fabricating benchmarks just a couple of weeks back. Still, the new chip could give Huawei a shot at redemption.
The new chip will come in a 2 + 2 + 4 core setup, with separate cores for day-to-day, demanding and performance requirements. It comes with 6.9 billion transistors, which is similar to the level offered by A12 Bionic.
The new GPU in the Kirin 980 is almost 50% as fast, and nearly twice as power-efficient. The dedicated neural processing unit is more than twice as fast, while the more powerful camera ISP can result in an even better photo and video output.
Almost three years in development, the chip will give Huawei more of a shot at usurping companies like Apple and Samsung from the higher-end sections of the market. We should learn more as the benchmarks start arriving as the launch nears.