Second-gen 7nm chipset being developed by Huawei, 5G modem and improved performance on board

Second-gen 7nm chipset being developed by Huawei, 5G modem and improved performance on board
Kirin 980, the first 7nm chipset on Android, only recently premiered on the members of Huawei's Mate 20 lineup. With this feat, Huawei effectively produced the fastest Android phones of 2018, and if the latest report from China is anything to go by, the tech giant is already working to preserve its lead for next year.

According to CNMO, a successor to the Kirin 980 is already in the works. Citing unnamed industry chain sources, the publication states that Huawei is developing the aptly-called Kirin 990 in collaboration with TSMC - the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry. Using TSMC's second-generation 7nm process, the new SoC will supposedly feature a performance increase of 10% while simultaneously consuming 10% less power than its predecessor. Furthermore, the Kirin 990 will also come equipped with Huawei's first 5G modem, allowing for ultra-fast download speeds and lower latency (if a 5G network is available, of course).

Production of the new chip is expected to begin in Q1 2019, which means that there's a chance of it powering Huawei's next P-series flagships. The Kirin 990 will compete with Qualcomm's next 800-series chip, who will also be built on a 7nm process. Still, keep in mind that this information is unofficial and should be taken with a grain of salt. In any case, more details about the emergence of this chipset should come out soon, so stay tuned for more news.

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4 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It needs to have a Mali G77 MP16 next year. An MP10 isn't even close to the competition.

2. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Of course it's in the works. I would bet it was in the works at least on paper even before the 980 was finished. C'mon.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm skeptical about this rumor I doubt 7FF+ is ready for mass production in Q1 2019 But that's great news if Huawei is now making 2 flagship SoCs a year Hopefully it pressures Qualcomm and Samsung to do the same (but doubt it would). It would be awesome for flagships phones released in Q3/Q4

4. Avieshek unregistered

Will iPhones be the only one without 5G in 2019?

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