Huawei’s AI-centred Kirin 970 processor is here

The Kirin 970 aims to set a new benchmark in AI and image processing while being 50 times more efficient


Huawei has received wide acclaim from us for its processing power. Today at IFA in Berlin, the Chinese tech giant announced the next-generation processor for its high-end smartphones. The Kirin 970 is a welcome upgrade and bets largely on AI.

Could this be the new trend for processors?

Like many other high-end chipsets in the market, it is manufactured on the 10nm process. You will find four 2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and four 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores in the octa-core processor. Alongside the computing power, you will find the 12-core Mali-G72MP12 GPU for graphic processing.

What’s new?

Huawei claims the processor is composed of a new heterogeneous architecture. This means with the 5.5 billion transistors on board for every centimetre of the SoC, the new Kirin 970 will deliver up to 25x more performance and 50x more efficiency than a typical quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU.

An overview of what the new Kirin 970 offers

Most interestingly, AI seems to be the priority for Huawei. The increased power and efficiency helps the chipset outperform others on the market but the Chinese company is going the extra mile. In order to find practical applications for such AI prowess, Huawei is opening up the Kirin 970 to developers.

Highlighting key processing power stats

The manufacturer is confident about what the Kirin 970 can do. It is even going as far as coining it a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) with the power on board. And with the chipset boasting support for 4.5G Cat.18 LTE, you will get to see download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps.

Better camera performance?

Due to a new dual-ISP system in the processor, noise in low-light pictures will be reduced. Photos overall will also see an improvement thanks to automatic tailoring of image parameters designed for a particular scene or object.

Camera improvements compared against the Samsung Galaxy S8

Huawei has even tailored in a new auto-focus system in the Kirin 970. Called 4-Hybrid, the system’s features are said to include phase and contrast detection.


So far, the processor is shaping up to be a serious force to be reckoned with. Sadly, its debut is almost six weeks away. It is set to power Huawei’s Mate 10 flagship, which is due to be announced on October 16.

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