At the IFA 2017 held in September last year, Huawei unveiled its latest flagship processor called Kirin 970 with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). With the NPU, the AI processing can be done at a much faster speed. In practical usage, the dedicated NPU on the Kirin 970 was mentioned to process 20 times faster than the CPU itself. As of now, the Kirin 970 was seen inside the Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Honor View 10 (a.k.a Honor V10) smartphones.
Later this month, the company will be launching the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro smartphones with the same Kirin 970 processor. Now, the new leaks from China suggest the company to soon announce the mid-range Kirin 670 processor. As seen on the Kirin 970, the Kirin 670 will also feature a dedicated NPU for making AI processing faster than other chipsets. It will be interesting to see how this new chipset performs in comparison with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series and MediaTek Helio P series.
The Kirin 670 processor will be built on the TSMC 12nm FinFET process. It will come with a hexa-core CPU featuring two Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. The graphics processing will be taken care by Mali G72 MP4 GPU; this is the same GPU that was also seen on the latest MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. Compared to the current-gen Kirin 659 processor, the Kirin 670 looks more than an incremental upgrade. Almost all the latest mid-range devices from Huawei and Honor uses the Kirin 659 processor.
With the dedicated NPU and Mali G72 MP4 GPU, the Kirin 670 powered devices should offer smoother experience even with heavy tasks. As of now, there is no official confirmation about the Kirin 670 processor from the company. Take these details with a pinch of salt until they are confirmed by Huawei. Based on the leaks, the upcoming Huawei Nova smartphones will be the first to use the Kirin 670 processor. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!