Huawei’s Kirin 980-powered smartphones coming to India in the next quarter

“The Kirin 980 is a flagship chipset that’s based on the 7nm manufacturing process”

Chinese electronics conglomerate Huawei has announced that it will be launching its first Kirin 980-powered smartphones in the Indian market in the fourth quarter of this year. The Kirin 980 is the company’s latest flagship chipset, and will be powering the brand’s upcoming super-premium offerings, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The duo is set to be unveiled at an event in London on October 16th. 


For the uninitiated, the Kirin 980 processor was unveiled at this year’s IFA as the world’s first chipset to utilise TSMC’s 7nm fabrication process. The new processor brings several upgrades over its predecessor, the Kirin 970. The octa-core SoC comes with three clusters and utilises the Flex-scheduling tech, which allocates the right cores for the corresponding tasks to deliver efficient performance. The SoC also packs in a dual NPU (Neural Processing Unit) to offer faster artificial intelligence processing.

Since the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will be the first phones to be powered by the Kirin 980 chip, we can expect them to land in the Indian market during the October – December period. Apart from the Mate 20 duo, the Honor Magic 2 will also be equipped with the Kirin 980 SoC. 

Huawei Kirin 980

In an exclusive conversation with 91mobiles, Brody Ji, Senior Product Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group also shared that “the Kirin 980 processor will not be limited to just the flagship smartphones. The company has plans to launch Kirin 980 SoC-powered phones in lower price brackets as well”. So it will be quite interesting to see if Huawei will be bringing devices like the Honor Play (review) with its flagship chipset. 

Akshay aka Techakko has been working with 91mobiles since 2012. Passionate about gadgets, he has a special interest in smartphones and games. The constant stream of news stories he writes is testament to his prowess as a human web crawler. A graduate in Computer Science, he dabbles as a game developer and competes in various gaming tournaments in his spare time. When he wants to take a break from the screen, he enjoys long rides on his Yamaha FZ-S.
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