Compare to A12 Bionic chip, the Kirin 980 chipset does have several similarities such as all developed by the TSMC and contain 6.9 billion transistors and using the new 7nm process. Though Apple said the A12 "is the smartest and most powerful chip ever in smartphones," Kirin 980 perhaps can catch up the technology, as they did get four of "world's first" title.
Introducing the Kirin 980, the world's first 7nm process mobile phone SoC chipset, the world’s first cortex-A76 architecture chipset, the world’s first dual NPU design, and the world’s first chipset to support LTE Cat.21. The Kirin 980 combines multiple technological innovations and leads the AI trend to provide users with impressive mobile performance and to create a more convenient and intelligent life.
Kuo believes that Huawei is narrowing the gap between the Apple user experience its user experiences and differentiated it from other Android phones through its own designed processor, whereas others all use Snapdragon processors that produced by Qualcomm. Yet, I still question the possibility just because Apple is known for great software optimization.
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