Created by its subsidiary HiSilicon, the Kirin 980 is also the first-ever chip to be built on the 7nm process node, with the technology in question coming from TSMC.
Moving towards the Kirin 980's third core cluster, the processor utilizes four of ARM's Cortex A55's cores that are clocked at 1.80GHz.
"The Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications", Yu added.
Not only was the Kirin 980 made using TMSC's N7 node, it is also the first to feature the new Cortex A76s as 4 of its 8 cores.
The very highly anticipated Huawei Mate 20 is finally getting some official attention from Huawei after the announcement of the core of the phone - the Kirin 980 processor. That's largely reflected in the new processor's image-recognition capabilities. To take full advantage of this unique configuration, Huawei developed the Kirin CPU subsystem with Flex-scheduling technology that flexibly allocates the right cores to the right tasks.
Huawei on Friday officially announced the Kirin 980, what's claimed to be the world's most powerful system-on-chip for smartphones and tablets. According to Huawei's testing, the Kirin 980 tallied an average frame rate of 59.3 FPS compare to 48.5 FPS for the Snapdragon 845.
Huawei has integrated the Mali-G76 GPU into the Kirin 980 that offers 46 per cent greater graphics processing power at 178 per cent improved power efficiency over the previous generation.
Lastly, Kirin 980 adopts a new pipeline dedicated to processing video captures, allowing the camera module to shoot videos with a 33% shorter delay, Huawei informed.
Together they can recognise up to 4,600 images per minute, which is 120 per cent more compared to the previous generation.
On the networking front, the Kirin 980 platform includes an LTE Cat.21 modem that delivers download speed of up to 1.4 Gbps. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands.
While it isn't very surprising to hear that Huawei's phones have been doing well in China, the P20 Pro and the P20 have been outselling their predecessors in Western Europe, and that's something for the company to be excited about.