Huawei has just announced the Kirin 810 SoC – its latest upper mid-range mobile chipset. This makes Huawei the world’s first phone maker with two chips based on a 7nm process, with Qualcomm close behind at 8nm.
It is going to be the company’s first chipset under Huawei’s all-new Kirin 800-series. As evident from the name, it is an upper mid-range processor, placed between the mid-range Kirin 700-series and the high-end Kirin 900-series.
The Kirin 810 is an octa-core processor with two high-performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.27 GHz and six smaller energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores ticking at 1.88 GHz.
As far as the GPU is concerned, the SoC comes with a Mali-G52 MP6 which promises over 162% better performance over the last generation.
In raw performance numbers, compared to the Snapdragon 730, the Kirin 810 promises 11% better single core performance and 13% better multicore performance. On the graphics side of things, the Mali-G52 MP6 should outperform the Adreno 618 in the SD730 with up to 44% higher frame rates.
Outshining the Competition in AI
The Kirin 810’s hidden weapon is the DaVinci NPU based on the Rubik’s Cube Quantitative Stereo Arithmetic Unit capable of outperforming the Snapdragon 855 and MediaTek Helio P90 in AI-related tasks.
The NPU has been put to work in other areas as well. It is supposed to help the GPU, CPU and the memory to transfer data faster and run more efficiently. The AI system can also predict GPU overload and adjust frequency accordingly. It can also track frame rates, fluency and touch screen input changes in real time.
Flagship Grade Image Processing
Huawei says that the image processing unit of this new smartphone processor is on par with flagship grade SoCs. The company has included a powerful night vision algorithm, an upgraded pixel processing unit, improved white balance algorithm and noise reduction in RAW image processing. It should help the Smartphones running Kirin 810 deliver more detailed low-light images.
The SoC will be powering the newly announced Huawei Nova 5 and it will eventually make it to other mid-tier Huawei and Honor phones. Apart from that, the upcoming Huawei 9X Pro is also said to be powered by the same processor.