If future phones can also double up as wireless charging pads, that's one less charger to carry around.
While Qualcomm’s processors are found in the majority of smartphones today, ultra-premium phone brands like Apple, Samsung, and Huawei build their own chips. In terms of pure power, the most powerful processor today is Apple’s A12 Bionic, but Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 is probably the most advanced.
The Kirin 980 is built on a 7nm manufacturing process, which allows it to pack in 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, 1.6x more than 10nm processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. This gives it 40% more power eﬃciency than most 10nm chipsets. The only other mobile processor built on a 7nm process is Apple’s A12 Bionic.
The Kirin 980 is also the world's first processor to use Cortex-A76 cores, which are 75% more powerful and 58% more eﬃcient than the previous generation. The octa-core CPU configuration consists of two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, two high-eﬃciency Cortex-A76 cores and four extreme eﬃciency Cortex-A55 cores. To take advantage of this configuration, Huawei developed an innovative Kirin CPU subsystem with Flex-Scheduling technology that flexibly allocates the right cores to the right tasks. The 980 also sports a dedicated dual-core Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which can recognize up to 4,500 images per minute.
The 980 also boasts the world's first 4G LTE CAT 21 modem capable of peak download speeds of 1.4Gbps as well as carrier aggregation across frequency bands so that consumers can choose their telcos and enjoy the same connectivity experience everywhere they go.
Unfortunately battery technology has mostly remained the same for the past decade. Lithium-ion batteries are about as efficient as they will ever be, and there are inherent limitations on how much power they can hold. But if batteries can’t last forever, the next best thing seems to be getting them to recharge as quickly as possible.
Fast charging standards are evolving rapidly, but right now, the fastest technology is Huawei’s SuperCharge. SuperCharge uses higher-than- average voltages to achieve faster charging, similar to other standards like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge. However, SuperCharge also includes the built-in benefit of automatically adapting the incoming wall voltage and current based on the condition of the phone’s battery and the phone’s internal temperature. The latest version of SuperCharge, available on the Mate 20 Pro, is capable of charging 10V at 4A for a total of 40W power transfer, far higher than any other fast charging standard available right now. With SuperCharge, the Mate 20 Pro’s massive 4,200mAh battery can be charged from 0 to 75 percent in just 30 minutes, and to 100 percent in just 46 minutes.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro also offers a unique combination of wireless fast charging, being compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard at up to 15W, and also being able to reverse wireless charge other Qi devices. This last feature is another showcase of how ultra-premium flagship devices look to innovate a common technology. While niche in its current form, having a phone that is also a wireless charging pad holds great potential to be developed further.
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