Inside Huawei's awesome new phone hardware destined for Mate 20 in October


However, it did try to sate some of its fans' enthusiasm by unveiling the handsets' cheaper sibling, the Mate 20 Lite, at IFA 2018. The phones will be powered by the newly announced Kirin 980 processor, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. While the company launched the Mate 20 Lite smartphone powered by Kirin 710 SoC, they also announced to launch the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones on October 16th in London.

The platform also manufactured using the super-efficient 7nm process, which means that Huawei has been able to pack 6.9 billion transistors on a 1cm square. According to Huawei, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 is the most smartphone SoC (system-on-chip) beating the likes of Snapdragon 845 and Apple A11 Bionic chipset. As a result, the chip can be up to 40-percent more energy-efficient or deliver 20-percent better computational performance than the previous solution and should be significantly better than the now used Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810, though it remains to be seen how it fares against their upcoming successors. The Huawei Kirin 980 features four Cortex A76 cores in two clusters, medium, and high-performance. "Equipped with all-new CPU, GPU and Dual NPU, the Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications". That last one is in addition to Huawei's GPU Turbo, which can boost graphical power while also reducing battery life.

Update, August 31, 2018 (9:23AM PT): And just like that we have the price and release dates for all of the new P20 Pro colorways straight from the mouth of Huawei CEO Richard Yu. Graphics are also handled by a new ARM-designed Mali-G76 processor that promises a 46 percent improvement over the previous generation. The Mali-G76 utilises AI to intelligently identify gaming workloads and adjust resource allocation for optimal gaming performance.

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Multi-pass noise reduction is utilised to remove remove artifacts without a loss of image detail in low-light images.

For developers, the 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite. On the rear, there's a combination of 20-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF.