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Following the unveiling of its controversial in-house OS, Chinese phone maker Huawei is all set for the release of its next high-end smartphone chipset. The brand has teased the Kirin 990 chipset ahead of its IFA conference where it will be unveiled. Huawei IFA event is scheduled for September 6, and the teaser largely confirms the Kirin 990 will debut on that same day.
The teaser which comes via an official video reveals the SoC as expected will get some 5G features. To be clear, reports have it that the Kirin 990 will come embedded with a 5G modem. And while we are yet to confirm that, it is plausible the modem will continue to remain a separate entity from the chipset as was the case in the Kirin 980. It will really be interesting seeing the firm adopt an SoC integrated with a 5G modem, as it could result in better battery efficiency, as well as a wider 5G adoption. We will get to find out the true position in the coming days.
While the teaser only confirms the 5G capability, reports have it that the Kirin 990 will be based on TSMC’s 7nm EUV process that is believed to deliver up to 20% greater transistor density and in turn, increased power efficiency.
Reports are rife that the SoC will offer 4K/60fps recording – a first for the Kirin series. And speaking of CPU and GPU technology, speculations are that the firm will adopt Arm’s Cortex-A77 CPU cores and the Mali-G77 GPU.
Kirin 990 and the Huawei Mate 30
The Kirin 990 following its Sept. 6th debut will later that month, or maybe in October will make its first appearance in the upcoming Huawei Mate 30. The Mate series of Huawei phones have been the launchpad for new premium Kirin SoC, so the Mate 30 and Kirin 990 might just follow the same trend.