Huawei Kirin 970 Is The First SoC To Break 1.2 Gbps Downlink Speed

Earlier this month, T-Mobile, Nokia, and Qualcomm reached record 1.175 Gbps download speeds in Advanced LTE lab trial, but today has now announced a new record. The company's flagship Kirin 970 chipset is the first SoC to support LTE Cat.18 DL and Cat.13 UL connectivity with a peak downlink speed at 1.2Gbps.

Huawei and R&S have used 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM, which allows for additional data paths between a cell site and a handset, and increases the number of bits sent during each transmission. Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro will be the first smartphones powered by Kirin 970, and will be released in the coming weeks.

"We are pleased that Huawei has completed the test with R&S and witnessed together this performance breakthrough in the smartphone industry. The Kirin 970 has become the first SoC to support LTE Cat.18 DL and Cat.13 UL connectivity with a peak downlink speed at 1.2Gbps. A new milestone has been achieved to show that Huawei's Kirin SoC is once again in a leading position in the LTE-A-pro wireless communication industry."-Ai Wei, Huawei