The Chinese Smartphone maker, HUAWEI announces a new top-end Hisilicon Kirin processor, it is the Kirin 985 5G 7nm Octa-Core SoC with Mali-G77 GPU, Dual NPU, and one 2.58GHz ARM Cortex-A76 prime core.
Hisilicon Kirin 985 5G 7nm Octa-Core chipset made the number three list of HUAWEI’s 5G SoCs. Where the first and second were Hisilicon Kirin 990 5G and Hisilicon Kirin 820 5G chipsets respectively.
During HUAWEI’s HONOR 30 series launch event, the company introduced the Hisilicon Kirin 985 SoC, which quite in-between the Kirin 980 and the 980 and powers the HONOR 30 smartphone lineup.
The AnTuTu benchmark that runs on HONOR 30 reveals CPU / GPU performance advantages over Kirin 980 and Kirin 820 chipset. Since the company failed to do a comprehensive comparison to the new chipset to the predecessors.
However, the new Kirin 985 Octa-core CPU is made up of a single large core, three medium cores, and four small cores. Including a single Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.58GHz and three Cortex-A76 cores with clocking frequencies of 2.4GHz each. There are also four Cortex-A55 cores with a lower clock frequency of 1.84GHz.
And the ARM Mali-G77 GPU controls the games graphic as well as a dual-core NPU AI unit with Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 technology supports and ISP 5.0 image unit.
Definitely, the new Kirin 985 is a flagship processor and it isn’t as powerful as the Kirin 990 5G chipset. But HUAWEI mentioned that it is sufficient for 5G network performance, dual-SIM 5G use.
The processor also features 5G anti-jamming capability, 5G low latency, 5G energy efficiency, and 5G high-speed scene performance. It uses TSMC’s 7nm process and integrates a single-chip 5G baseband solution without a plug-in.
HUAWEI mentioned that it supports 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G network standards and NSA / SA 5G dual-modes. With a maximum downlink rate of 1277Mbps about 40% faster and the uplink rate of 173Mbps about 75% faster than the Snapdragon 865 chipset.