As ever with Huawei phones, the big focuses are on AI, photography, and the combination of the two.
At the ongoing IFA 2018, Huawei announced to 7nm Kirin 980 SoC with Dual NPU and Mali G73 GPU. The new colors of the P20 Pro are made to complete your outfit and thats why the choice is either Brown or Black - because these are the two colors that can be universally matched with any apparel.
If the P20 and Mate series (both of which have Kirin 970s) are anything to go by, it's probably safe to assume that the Mate 20 camera phone is going to be impressive. The result is an SoC that is claimed to deliver 20 per cent improved performance and 40 per cent improved efficiency over its predecessor, aka the Kirin 970.
The TSMC-sourced 7nm process enables the Kirin 980 to pack 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation.
The Kirin 980 is also notably the world's first processor built around ARM's Cortex-A76 CPU and Mali-G76 GPU.
In layman's terms - the technology used in the Kirin 980 SoC makes everything more efficient and faster.
Together they can recognise up to 4,600 images per minute, which is 120 per cent more compared to the previous generation.
To deliver the best connectivity to users of Kirin 980-powered devices, Huawei integrated the world's first modem supporting LTE Cat.21 with a peak download speed of 1.4Gbps.
Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite, and provides a suite of tools that simplifies the difficulty of engineering on-device AI, allowing developers to easily tap into the leading processing power of the dual NPU. According to Huawei, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 is the most smartphone SoC (system-on-chip) beating the likes of Snapdragon 845 and Apple A11 Bionic chipset. Today Huawei has announced a brand new phone for people to buy. We've seen a few leather-backed phones in the past from the likes of LG, but this is a first for Huawei.
For a while we've been seeing leaks about Huawei's next upcoming smartphone: the Mate 20. And if you thought that Huawei is doing away with the 3.5mm audio socket, as it did with the P20 Pro, you would be glad that the audio socket still exists, as resides on the top.