At the IFA 2018, Huawei had launched Kirin 980 chipset as the world’s first 7nm chipset. At that time, it had also confirmed that the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro powered by the Kirin 980 will be announced on Oct. 16 through an unveil event in London. Today, the company has released an official invite which confirms that the aforementioned launch date and venue. The first teaser also indicates that the Mate 20 will be offering enhanced AI experience.
The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro that were in Oct. 16 last year were powered by Kirin 970. The 10nm chipset also featured a dedicated NPU unit for handling AI tasks. At the launch event of the Kirin 980, Huawei confirmed that the Kirin 980 is equipped with two NPU units which is 120 percent faster than its predecessor. The image shown below clearly states that Mate 20 will offer better AI.
Mass-produced TMSC, the Kirin 980 is an octa-core SoC with tri-cluster arrangement which includes quad-core Cortex A76 in two sets with one clocking at 2.6 GHz and the other one working at 2.2 GHz. The four cores of power-saving Cortex A55 offer a clocking speed of 1.8 GHz. Compared to its predecessor, the Kirin 980 is 48 percent faster and 178 percent more power-efficient.
Rumors have it that Mate 20 will be feature an LCD panel with waterdrop notch screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is expected to carry support for FHD+ resolution. The handset is expected to feature a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. On the other side, the Mate 20 Pro may arrive with an AMOLED screen with a larger notch. It is expected to carry support for Quad HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The Mate 20 Pro is expected to feature an in-display fingerprint reader and 3D structured light module for 3D facial scanning.
Both the smartphones are expected to house triple camera sensors arranged in a square-shaped setup. Both phones are rumored to be powered by 4,200mAh batteries. Also, these handsets are expected to run on EMUI 9 flavored Android 9 Pie.