Huawei to debut 5nm Kirin 1000 SoC in next year's Mate 40 line

Huawei to debut 5nm Kirin 1000 SoC in next year's Mate 40 line
Earlier this month, Huawei unveiled its latest chipset, the Kirin 990. The chip is designed by the Chinese manufacturer HiSilicon unit and manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using its 7nm process (more on that later). It also has a built-in 5G modem and powers the Mate 30 line; it also will be used in the foldable Mate X which is due out next month. While the Kirin 990 is certainly a state-of-the-art SoC, Huawei is already looking ahead toward next year's Mate 40 line. In a new report, Huawei Central cites sources who have passed along details about the company's next chipset, the Kirin 1000.

According to these sources, the Kirin 1000 will be manufactured by TSMC using its 5nm process. The process numbers are related to the number of transistors that can be found inside an integrated circuit. The lower the process figure, the higher the number of transistors inside the chip. The more transistors inside, the more powerful and energy-efficient these components are. Having made the move from 10nm to 7nm, we are about to embark on the 5nm era starting next year. Both TSMC and Samsung have roadmaps taking production to the 3nm process starting as soon as 2022. Consider that the 5G version of the 7nm Kirin 990 is stuffed with 10.3 billion transistors. If the Kirin 1000 is produced using the 5nm process, it could have as many as 171.3 million transistors per square millimeter.

Kirin 1000 SoC will feature the ARM Cortex-A77 CPU core


While U.K. based ARM holdings supposedly cut all ties with Huawei due to the latter's U.S. supply chain ban (ARM uses some American technology for its chip designs), the two are still working together because of a licensing agreement signed before the ban went into effect. As a result, the Kirin 1000 will probably employ ARM's most powerful CPU at the moment, the Cortex-A77. The Kirin 990 SoC could have used the A-77 CPU, but the company decided to trade some power for extra battery life and used the A-76 instead. Huawei consumer group chief Richard Yu did say that its 5nm chip would use the A-77. Even though ARM says that the latter CPU core offers a 20% performance boost with no extra power consumption, Huawei says that its own testing contradicts this claim.


The Mate 30 series, unveiled less than two weeks ago, has been seriously handicapped outside of China. That's because of the company's inclusion on the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List, which prevents it from buying components and software from the states. As a result, the phone runs the AOSP open-source version of Android without the Google Play Store and other core Google apps like Maps, Search, YouTube and Gmail. But that shouldn't deter sales in China and Yu said this past weekend that pre-orders for the Mate 30 line are six times the number Huawei received for the P30 series. The executive added that the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are already in short supply. After three hours, one million units were pre-ordered and Huawei expected to ship 20 million units of its new flagship phone.

Overall, Huawei hoped to deliver 300 million handsets this year which would have probably made it the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. But international sales of the Mate 30 series could suffer from the lack of Google apps on the phones. Earlier this year, after being banned from its U.S. suppliers, Huawei admitted that it won't surpass Samsung this year. During the first half of 2019, Huawei shipped 118 million phones.

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Mate 30 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1176 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990, Octa-core, 2860 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh
Mate 30
  • Display 6.6" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990, Octa-core, 2860 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh

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22 Comments

1. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

Looks great! Huawei is stepping up their game!

4. toukale

Posts: 645; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

You gotta love those Huawei, announcing stuff over a year out. You know this is actually TSMC tech, Apple will get first dibs, the iPhone will ship first with this tech but leave it to Huawei to make an announcement such as this lol just to make folks think they are innovating. I don't blame them on bit, it works on the uninformed.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Why do you say Apple will get first dibs on TSMC's N5? Huawei are actually the first and only vendor using TSMC's N7+ (EUV-based process) Apple are using TSMC's N7P (DUV-based process)

14. jtcarver

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

Actually that is not true, the new iPhone 11 series is confirmed to be using the N7+ tech. "As we head to September, one thing is for certain. Apple’s 2019 iPhone 11 lineup will feature a brand new processor that is manufactured on TSMC’s N7+ node. The N7+ node will use Extreme Ultraviolet lithography (EUV) for certain layers on the A13 and provide the chip with performance and power efficiency improvements over its predecessor, the A12. "

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Where's that from? Apple never mentioned was N7+ or EUV Apple specifically said 2nd gen 7 nm (which probably means N7P) TSMC's earnings call heavily indicated the A13 is N7P Rumors were the A13 would be "N7 Pro" In terms of density, it lines up with N7P, not N7+

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No matter what Huawei plans or design, it always fall short of being the greatest SOC. Qualcomm is still the best in android world.

16. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

What game? I've yet to see anything compelling from Huawei.

20. Priyam009

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

https://youtu.be/t5szrXM60dk 1 year old Huawei Mate 20 pro kicking Latest Iphone 11 pro's bla bla bionic chipset is still a better love story hater

2. RethinkPossible

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2019

Google is tracking tool. I can live happily without it. I have been waiting for a phone without pre-installed google blootware useless stuff. Thank you Trump

5. yalokiy

Posts: 1049; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Unfortunately for Huawei, there are not many like you.

13. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm fairly certain you can get a phone without Google Services. However, I would argue that Huawei is going to track you on an equal level to Google. My personal opinion is it will probably be worse than Google.

18. yalokiy

Posts: 1049; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Until there is no proof of Huawei tracking without user consent, these are just prejudices.

3. Diva_hipsterova

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

Bring harmony os

6. yalokiy

Posts: 1049; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Wonder if next year they will use the same excuse and still stick with cortex A-76 cores.

22. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am with you on this one. I consider it as an excuse for not using A77 cores. I still remember LG G6, LG used sd820 instead of sd835 in its G6 and claimed that they have better experience with sd820 and sd820 can be optimized better than sd835.

7. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Read: they will take scraps from 5nm ramp up for autumn iPhones. Also they will claim they released it first. But it will end up like 13>1000.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Huawei are actually the first and only vendor using TSMC's N7+ (EUV-based process) Apple are using TSMC's N7P (DUV-based process)

11. Priyam009

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Kirin 990 Still faster than any iphone's benchmark optimized soc! High on benchmark apps farts in real life usage

10. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Are we supposed to get excited? No Cortex-A77 won't be most powerful stock ARM CPU at the time. Successor of it will be available. Anyways A77 is their last ARM CPU.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Not fluent i nthe CPU processing topic.. but does the 5nm vs 7nm vs etc etc etc matter? Does the smaller nm mean anything in terms of speed/functionality?

15. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Waiting for mate 60

17. strawberry

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

Mate X sound more cool than Galaxy Fold. and Mate X looks more sleek too.

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