Huawei working on Kirin 1020, 2X more powerful than Kirin 970

Kirin 1020

Huawei is one of the few manufacturers that relies upon its own home-cooked line of mobile CPUs for its smartphones. The current flagship is the HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC that graces the flagship P20 Pro and the Honor 10. However, if emerging reports from China are to be believed, Huawei has a new flagship chip on the way – the Kirin 1020.

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Kirin 1020: Double Power?

What’s most interesting about the new Kirin 1020 is that it might actually double the performance of the Kirin 970 making Huawei phones a formidable opponent to their Snapdragon-based counterparts.

As of now, the Kirin 970 is still a worthy competitor to the reigning Qualcomm flagship – the Snapdragon 845. In fact, the Qualcomm’s chip manages to edge the Huawei SoC by a slim margin on benchmarks.

This is the first instance we’re hearing about a Kirin 1020. Until now, reports have been actively talking about a Kirin 980 that is to be based on the 7nm process of TSMC. Sadly, the report is very vague and talks about no intricacies of the newly-emerged chip.

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Perhaps we can hear more about it before the launch of the Mate 20 which is where most of the new Huawei silicone finds its first home. The Mate 20 is slated for an October launch and we just had the first live images of the handset drop yesterday.


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