Huawei Consumer Business Group India today unveiled the Kirin 980, a technological marvel that will bring superlative performance, the best smartphone photography & videography experience, the most advanced mobile AI experience and outstanding connectivity anytime, anywhere to consumers. The new chipset is the world’s first commercial SoC manufactured with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm process and delivers the best-in-class performance, efficiency, connectivity features, and Dual NPU AI processing power.
The chipset is set for commercial availability on Huawei devices for consumers before 2018 ends. Compared to the previous generation 10nm process, the 7nm process packs 6.9 billion transistors in the same form factor as its predecessor, while delivering 20% improved performance and 40% more efficiency.
The launch of the Kirin 980 represents another step towards an era of truly intelligent smartphones. While the Kirin 970 was the first SoC that came with a dedicated AI processor, the Kirin 980 is the industry’s first mobile SoC to be equipped with two neural processing units (NPUs). The Dual-NPU setup affords greater AI processing power, which allows developers to create even richer AI experiences without having to lean on the cloud.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Brody Ji, Senior Product Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said, “At Huawei, we want to create an elite mobile ecosystem and offer products that not only offer distinctive user experience but also enhance the way consumer connects with each other. Being a pioneer in AI with last year, we are thrilled to launch the Kirin 980 equipped with the industry’s first dual NPU, one of industry’s first. The Kirin 980 has been designed as an all-round powerhouse that not only features outstanding AI capabilities, but also brings cutting-edge raw performance to consumers.”
He further added, “By developing the core technologies of chips and the cloud, Huawei is focused on delivering the user experiences that defines the future of smartphone in the smart era.”
Innovations to empower consumers
Smartphone is the symbol of modern lifestyle and consumers across the world including India demand for a fluid, responsive experience. In response to the demand, Huawei integrated the Cortex-A76 and Mali-G76—two new introductions that were never before seen in other SoCs—into the Kirin 980. The new A76 cores feature vastly improved performance and efficiency, up by 75 percent and 58 percent respectively. Huawei also developed new Kirin CPU subsystem based on the multi-core architecture to further enhance the SoC’s performance and efficiency. Focused on providing an ultimate performance, the Mali-G76 embedded within Kirin 980 delivers 46 percent more graphics processing power and 178 percent better power efficiency as compared to previous generations.
Powering a new era of AI
The launch of Kirin 980 represents another breakthrough in technology innovation. With Dual-NPU, the Kirin 980 elevates the On-Device AI experience with greater processing power and intelligence.
Leveraging the powerful Dual-NPU On-Device AI processing capability, Kirin 980 provides an even more exquisite, real-time user experience in areas such as facial recognition, object recognition, object detection, image segmentation, AI translation, and more. Kirin 980 can recognize up to 4,500 images per minute, which is a 120% increase from its predecessor and greater than the industry average. Kirin 980 also supports multi-person motion prediction, which accurately reads the motion of human subjects at up 30fps and can rig their 3D model real time.
Kirin 980 also features an innovative AI clock boosting technology which can intelligently identify the performance bottlenecks by reading the frame rate, frame time, user input and processor workload, and adjust accordingly in real time. The technology works particularly well with games, comparing with the traditional way of prediction, it works 30 percent better than conventional solutions in predicting the resource utilization of games.
Exceptional Connectivity Anytime, Anywhere
Kirin 980 is the world’s first SoC to sport a modem that supports LTE Category 21 (which supports a downlink of 1.4Gbps). Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands, so users are free to choose their mobile operators and still enjoy the same premium connectivity experience.
Moreover, the Kirin 980 is equipped with the Hi1103 Wi-Fi module, which is the world’s fastest Wi-Fi chipset as well as the world’s first to support a maximum download speed of 1.7GBPS. To provide the best GPS experience, it supports the industry leading dual-frequency (L1 and L5) GPS for ultra-precise positioning, providing 10 times greater accuracy, allowing the device to deliver superior location services. This solution works across all scenarios, from urban homes to highways to country side.
It’s Time to Win Big with CRED This IPL
The excitement for India’s marquee cricket event Indian Premier League 2021 is increasing as we inch closer to the daily nail-biting thrillers. To make the experience unforgettable for its members, CRED, the official sponsor of the event, is back, making it more rewarding not just for players but members too. CRED has introduced thrilling rewards every day that will allow the members to make the most of their CRED Coins, much more than ever. All the members have to do is pay their credit card bills on time to earn CRED coins that they can then use to make these deals sweeter during the 16-day carnival, starting September 19 onwards.
More the merrier
The rewards are so exciting that CRED members will look forward to paying their credit card bills on time as they will be rewarded with CRED Coins. Spending their CRED coins will help them get access to deals and discounts on in-app products such as CRED pay, CRED rewards, CRED travel and CRED Store members stand to earn mind-blowing prizes every day from till September 25. These prizes range from an elegant BMW G310R sports bike to a Bitcoin worth INR 5 lakh. CRED has partnered with premium brands, including BMW Bikes, Tanishq, Coins DCX, Stockal, Home Centre, among others, to bring the best experience to its members to enjoy the sporting season from the safety of their homes. And it does not end here! From September 27, members will stand a chance to win even more unbelievable rewards as CRED will reveal its upcoming, and the biggest ever, flagship campaign. Stay tuned!
Since IPL 2021 was paused in May, CRED and its community have grown together. After the ongoing season was brought to a halt due the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, CRED members joined hands to support the ones who were affected through its Oxygen campaign to deploy 1 billion litres of oxygen to healthcare foundations and hospitals. Later in August, CRED members came together again to provide over 1 million dry ration kits to underprivileged families who were majorly affected by the pandemic. CRED members donated their CRED coins for these important and timely initiatives to help the community when needed most.
Kunal Shah, Founder & CEO, CRED said, “The second instalment of IPL 2021 is kicking off, and we wanted to make it rewarding for the CRED members tuning in. Members stand a chance to win big by using their CRED coins, which they are rewarded with for good financial behaviour. Such exciting rewards are what makes a mundane task like paying credit card bills in a timely manner more exciting. The celebration is going to be bigger on the CRED App.”
Windows 11 Update Coming to These ASUS Laptops
ASUS announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to ensure users of new and existing ASUS PCs are primed for the launch of Windows 11 after it is available.
As an internationally-respected and trusted manufacturer of Windows PCs, ASUS is proud to be a leading proponent of Windows 11 — the forthcoming latest version of the world’s most popular operating system. In preparation for this exciting launch, ASUS is readying a raft of new and existing devices for a free upgrade to Windows 11.
From today, all newly-purchased ASUS Windows 10 devices that are featured on our upgrade list, along with many existing eligible ASUS Windows 10 devices, will qualify for an upgrade after Windows 11 is released. As an example, both existing users and new purchasers of Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582), Zenbook Duo 14 (UX482), Zenbook Flip 13 OLED (UX363) and Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) models will all be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11 — so prospective buyers can buy today safe in the knowledge that a free upgrade is just around the corner.
Hundreds of other ASUS models that shipped with Windows 10 will also qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook and Vivobook laptops, ROG Strix, ROG Zephyrus and ROG Flow gaming laptops and TUF Gaming laptops and desktops. Many ExpertBook laptops and ExpertCenter desktops will also be eligible, along with many Zen AiO and Vivo AiO models and ASUS Mini PCs.
Windows 11: Get a fresh perspective
With the upcoming launch of Windows 11, Microsoft is set to introduce a new Windows experience that will bring users closer to the people and things they love. For more information on Windows 11, go to the Windows blog.
Prepare to upgrade: Simple steps to ready ASUS PCs for the new operating system
Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but it will be coming later this year. We know that users of ASUS devices will be excited by this prospect, and would wish to prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things owners can do in order to get ready.
- See if a PC can upgrade
Use the PC Health Check app to see if an existing PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11. If so, it is possible to get a free upgrade after it starts to roll out.
- Shop for a new PC
Need a new PC now? Great! ASUS has an extensive range of Windows 10 PCs that can upgrade for free after Windows 11 rolls out.
- Perform a PC backup
It’s so much easier to transfer to a new PC when files and photos from a current PC are backed up to OneDrive.
VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker Launched in India
VingaJoy has announced the launch of its all new GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker, priced at Rs 2,999. The speaker comes with an elegant design and premium look and also offers USB playing for ease. It is a compact and lightweight bluetooth speaker and thus is ideal to be carried along. Designed for music lovers, VingaJoy GVT-298 is a real treat with a powerful combination of crystal-clear highquality sound and long-lasting battery life. The speaker is available in 3 different colours so that you can pick the one that suits your requirement.
This new speaker comes with the latest Bluetooth feature V5.0 and the device can be connected to bluetooth devices within 11 metres of range. It is backed by a 1200 mAh battery which is rechargeable and delivers up to 5 hours of music playing. It is compatible and can easily be paired with iPhone, Android devices, and laptops as well. This speaker has multiple pairing mode options, such as FM Radio/Aux/TF Function and USP playing. The Junior Tower VingaJoy Bluetooth Speaker is a hassle-free companion for your parties or leisure time.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Lalit Arora, Co-Founder, VingaJoy said, “We are extremely happy to expand our Bluetooth Speaker portfolio with the launch of our Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker. It is specially designed keeping in mind the music requirements of the millennial. The Bluetooth Speaker looks good, sounds great and is enriched with features that suit the expectations of our customers.”
Available with 6 months’ warranty, VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker will be available at your nearest retail store as well as online platforms.
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