Kirin 970 is Official – The First Smartphone Chipset with a Dedicated NPU

The Huawei Mate 10 is officially launching next month on 16 October, and there is still more than a month to go. Huawei had an event today at the IFA 2017 in Berlin where the company announced its most powerful smartphone SoC Chipset, the Kirin 970. The chipset was in the news for quite some time, and today, it’s finally official. One of the highlights of this new chipset is that this is the world’s first smartphone chip with a dedicated Neural -network Processing unit or NPU. It comes with a faster GPU and Faster LTE, as per the company.

Kirin 970 Official

In case you’re wondering, the NPU or Neural-network Processing Unit is solely for the Artificial Intelligence (AI). The performance of this unit is rated as 1.92 TFLOPs of FP16 which, if you don’t know, is three times more than that of the GPU of the previous Kirin 960 (0.6 TFLOPs FP16).  The Kirin 970 is built with the most advanced 10nm TSMC Process.

Kirin 970 Official

With this technology, up to 5.5 billion transistors have been integrated into a single square centimetre. The size of the Kirin 970 chip is roughly the size of the thumbnail, and it has an octa-core CPU, a 12-core GPU, dual ISP, high-speed 1.2Gbps CAT, 18 Modem and also HiAI Mobile computing architecture. The devices like the Mate 10 etc. will be powered by this chipset and will be able to know and understand their users with real-time image recognition, voice interaction and intelligent photography.

“As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era,” said Richard Yu, CEO of HUAWEI Consumer Business Group. “Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. HUAWEI is committed to developing smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to our devices and take them beyond the competition.”


  • 10nm TSMC Process
  • Octa Core CPU – 4xA73 at 2.4GHz+4xA53 at 1.8GHz
  • 12-Core Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • NPU – 1.92T FP16 OPS
  • Dual ISP – Motion Detection and Low Light Enhancement
  • HDR10; 4K at 60FPS Decoding, 4K at 30FPS Encoding
  • Global-mode MODEM – LTE CAT 18 up to 1.2Gbps DL
  • Security Engine – TEE & inSE

At the event, Huawei also announced that the Mate 10 would be officially launched on 16th October at the event in Munich. So, seems like the Mate 10 is going to be a really powerful smartphone powered by this latest and most powerful chipset by Huawei. What are your opinions? Do let us know via the comments section.

Thanks for the Images Roland.