We have to be honest: no one expected Huawei to become the household name it currently is, back when the company first appeared on the market. It’s been giving Samsung and Apple a run for their money for quite some time already, and it doesn’t look like it plans to stop any time soon.
Huawei first introduced the SoC Kirin 980 during the IFA Berlin this year and the first phones that will run on it will be the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, which will be launched on October 16.
Now, during a recent briefing in Dubai, the company stated that the Kirin 980 will prove to be superior to Apple’s A12 Bionic, which currently powers up the latest Apple iPhones.
According to Huawei, the processor is 75% faster than the Kirin 970, with a 46% faster GPU and the power efficiency on certain workloads reaches 178%. It supposedly will be the world’s first processors to support LTE Cat 21.
In order to test their claim, we will have to wait until the official Huawei Mate 20 and 20 Pro launch, as there currently are no other devices that hold the chip available on the market.
It’s a bold claim to do, especially since Apple has held the advantage for a very long time and we also don’t have a solid explanation on why the Kirin 980 is better than Apple’s own processor, considering both of them have 6.9 billion transistors and they both claim to be the first 7nm SoC.
For now, we’ll have to wait until the official Mate 20 launch and see, though comparison, if any of their claims prove to be true. If they are, then every other big name in the business will be forced to really step up their game.