The Kirin 980 is the first 7nm SoC based on ARM’s Cortex 76 design which in a way is a repetition of history. The 950 was also the first chip to pack the Cortex A72 cores. The devices using the Kirin 950 were well position against Huawei’s competitors thanks to a strong showing both in terms of performance and battery consumption.

The 950’s predecessors were less successful mostly due to a dated 16nm manufacturing process and mediocre GPU performance. Where the Qualcomm and Samsung chips leveraged the latest A75 cores, the Kirin 970 was stuck with the older A73 design. This is Huawei and HiSilicon’s attempt at getting back to the top of the performance rug.

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