Huawei reveales the Mate 10 chipset at IFA 2017


Huawei appearance at IFA 2017 came near the end of the show but it made a big impact with its latest chipset destined for the Huawei Mate 10.

As previous rumored and leaked a day ahead of its press conference, the Chinese phone manufacture confirmed Kirin 970 chipset. Huawei’s newest chipset features an octa-core CPU and a 12-core GPU

There are also some great leaps in wireless capabilities with a new 4.5G LTE modem and one of the world’s first high-speed 1.2Gbps Cat 18 modems. With these expansive wireless technologies, Huawei expects its future phones will support dual SIM cards at 4G without compromises.

The chip is built with a total 5.5 billion transistors, which is 2.5 billion more than that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

Huawei focused much of its press conference on the chip’s new dual image processing engine that support 4K HDR 10 video among many features.

It’ll likely first appear inside the upcoming Huawei Mate 10, which is thought to be announced in October.

Smaller and smarter

The Kirin 970 chipset will be built with a 10nm manufacturing process, like the competing internals from Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek. At this size, Huawei claims its latest chip will consume 20% less energy.

Additionally, the new chip focuses on artificial intelligence built into the device with a HiAI mobile computing architecture. On stage, Huawei CEO Richard Yu explained how this on-device AI will deliver 25 times better CPU performance as well as 50 times great energy efficiency.

Hopefully this will lead to greatly enhanced battery life going from the Huawei Mate 10 to the Mate 9.

Previously Vice President of Handset Business at Huawei, Bruce Lee, confirmed the chipset would be included in the Mate 10, and if that’s the case we can safely assume it’ll also be in the Huawei P11 as well.


  • IFA 2017 is Europe’s biggest tech show. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new phones, watches and other tech as they’re announced. 

Additional reporting by Basil Kronfli


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