Huawei has been boisterous about its new Kirin 980 chip that will be included in the upcoming Mate 20 flagship, saying it will be more powerful than Apple’s A12 Bionic processor that’s found in the iPhone XS and XS Max. We mostly dismissed that as marketing talk, but now reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has come out and stated the Huawei is going to give Apple a run for its money.
In his most recent analyst note, Kuo said he believes that Huawei is “narrowing the gap” with Apple’s user experience. That was something Huawei tried to do with last year’s Kirin 960 processor but fell short. In 2018, it could be a different story.
Both Apple’s A12 Bionic and Huawei’s Kirin 980 feature a similar design architecture being developed by TSMC featuring 6.9 billion transistors on a 7nm process. Apple claims its processor is the best smartphone processor while Huawei is saying its processor is better than Apple’s.
While Kuo did say Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor is impressive, he did not go as far as to say it will perform better than Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. Presumably it’s because even though Huawei has powerful chips and powerful phones, they still rely on Android while Apple controls everything, from hardware to software, giving it the ultimate edge.
He did say that Huawei is doing a great job of differentiating itself from the rest of the Android flagships that still rely on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
Huawei is unveiling the Mate 20 later this month, which will give us the opportunity to see just how powerful the Kirin 980 really is.