Huawei‘s midrange models including the Honor 7X, Nova 3 and even the Honor Note 9 are all rumoured to utilize a yet-to-be-announced Hisilicon Kirin 670 chipset. Huawei’s smartphones have lately been focused on using Kirin processors and with massive improvements in its chip business, they stand at par and sometimes even ahead of their contemporaries. The Kirin 670 chip isn’t going to be an exception, considering the details of the chip as featured in a new leak.
Information from industry sources highlights the Kirin 970 as coming with an integrated AI architecture with its own Neural Processing Unit (NPU). This is the same architecture featured on the flagship Kirn 970 and it is interesting to see that Huawei is keeping to its promise to bring the AI chip to its midrange models. In addition, the midrange chipset is also said to have a CPU design housing two Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex A-53 cores which is the same with the Kirin 950. As we already revealed several months back, the chipset will be built on a 12nm TSMC FinFet process. The chipset will also be integrated with the ARM Mali-G72 MP12 GPU which first made its debut on the Kirin 970-powered Mate 10.
Presently, Kirin 659 is the latest chip in the Kirin 6xx series and it utilizes an octa-core Cortex-A53 architecture as well as a Mali T830 MP2 GPU. Thus, there is a strong indication that this new chipset would come with a significant improvement in performance compared to its predecessor. We don’t have any idea as to when the new chipset would find its way into a launched smartphone but that won’t be too far away, going by Huawei’s leaked product roadmap