The new Kirin 990 chipset is built like Apple A13 and bests it with a key feature

The new Kirin 990 chipset is built like Apple A13 and bests it with a key feature
Samsung took the laurels of announcing the first second-gen 7nm processor - Exynos 9825 - before Huawei this year, unlike what happened with Huawei's Kirin 980 last fall. Samsung was also the first to announce an integrated all-in-one 5G chipset - the Exynos 980 - which solders midrange chippery together with a 5G modem for the first time. Until now, all 5G phones came with one extra Qualcomm, Samsung or Huawei 5G modem tacked on separately that puts extra drag on the battery and RAM capacities.

The Kirin 990 that Huawei just announced, however - the first high-end mobile applications processor combined with an efficient 5G modem in a true system-on-a-chip style - will soon be in phones like the Mate 30 Pro, whereas Samsung has still to tip any handsets where the Exynos 980 will be used. 


Both the Kirin 990 processor cores and the 5G modem chip are laid out with the most efficient process available at the moment - a second generation 7nm EUV lithography, just like the Exynos 9825. Here's a quick specs comparison between the two and Snapdragon 855+:



 


Kirin 990 5G and AR features


Since the special emphasis here is that this is as high-end of a chipset as Apple's A13 in the iPhone 11 would be, built on the same N7+ process by TSMC, and yet will feature an integrated 5G modem, something unheard of so far, we want to focus precisely on the 5G abilities.

Sadly, these don't include the high-frequency mmWave bands that Verizon, T-Mobile and the US carrier networks currently use for 5G in general. In 2020, however, all major US carriers will start rolling out their low-band 5G networks en masse. Needless to say, Huawei has a snowball's chance in hell to have phones on US carriers given the White House administration animosity towards its products but it's cool that we are finally getting a true 5G SoC for high-end phones.


Huawei is keen to underline that its 5G modem is the most power-efficient and signal-friendly one to date, and knowing its leadership in 5G research, we are inclined to take its word without Himalayan pink salt. 

Such is the Kirin 990 5G frugality, it mentioned to us, that it surpasses that of Qualcomm's X50 modem, and is more in line with what your current phone consumes to maintain 4G connectivity. Huawei uses machine learning adaptive receiver to increase performance gain in comparison with X50, too.

This is a big step ahead from current 5G phones that have to be equipped with 4000+ mAh batteries just to make ends meet when hooked to a 5G network. Good, meet best, too bad we can't have any of those bad Mate 30 Pro or foldable Mate X boys stateside to test the Kirin 990 performance but we'll find a way once September 19th rolls in.

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44 Comments

1. Mikele

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Huawei has perfected it's acts again always on the next level before any matched rivals find their steps.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

But, wasn't the Mali g77 announced already. The 990 has g76 :\

33. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Can you please stop mentioning Apple in every single article? Why is that title? Built like Apple?!? Do you know how A13 is build? No. Then why suck stupid title? Are you payed to advertise Apple in this site?

34. ronaldoguedess

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 18, 2019

I hat it too! it look like a spam! apple, apple, apple everything is around about the apple... Please, stop to do it, Be more creative!

44. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2216; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It’s because Apple is the benchmark. Whether we like it or not, we have to deal with it...

24. Deadeye

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

Sound like a lot of marketing BS. They always lag behind and this year will be no exception.

26. SyCo87

Posts: 310; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

On alot of benchmark tests, Anandtech says otherwise.

2. Priyam009

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Next level stuff with much improved dual ISP that will kill any cameraphone in the market right now hands down and DSLR level noise reduction with kirin990 is something very interesting! And multi level AI segmentation is also a innovative stuff which they showed off ... Mate 30 pro is simply going to be the best of 2019! Fingers crossed they solve issue with Google licensing

6. Pcworld1976

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Dslr? Lol

8. Priyam009

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

If u read properly i said dslr levle noise reduction not dslr level photo quality! And mirrorless are the future dslr well another 10 years and they ate done for! Nobody expected such camera performance from modern phones 7years ago so keep calm

3. Guseinguliev

Posts: 115; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

it's all a lie, at the end of the year they release chips that catch up with last year's chips from other manufacturers. This brand is built on a bed.

4. Priyam009

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Now say that without crying when kirin 980 debuted it smashed every processor available that time no matter how much you cry huawei is not a mediocre chip maker anymore since kirin930 they stepped up and they are a force to reckon now even their kirin 810 has no match in mid end segment Snapdragon 730 doesn't even held a candle in front of it so digest that!

5. Mikele

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Ignore the weeping fellow

11. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 585; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Now say that without crying when kirin 980 debuted it smashed every processor " Now say that when SD 845 debuted and smashed all processors? Or when SD 855 did? And you can say the same when SD 865 will ;)

15. QuantumRazer

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Yeah, that's right, thanks for stating the obvious. So what was your point again?

17. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 585; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

I hope thats a reply to Priyam009 then that response would make sense ;)

25. Deadeye

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

"smashed every processor" dude, you may have been brainwashed by Chinese marketing.

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

“980 debuted it smashed every processor available that time” A12 was a “processor available that time” and 980 wasn’t even able to match it, let alone “smash” the Apple chip...

7. DolmioMan

Posts: 332; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Pretty sure the last Kirian promised to be better than the A12 and it wasn’t. Also the A13 hasn’t been announced yet, all we have are some leaked benchmarks and some potential specs.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice. Huawei is always pushing the envelope as far as smartphone tech goes.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sure do. Huawei keeps innovating when others are not.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

yeah, as if the 865 and A13 won't have any of the 990 features.... If you guys didn't notice, the 990 is using Mali g76, and not the g77 announced earlier this year. How's that pushing the envelope. The 865 and A13 will best it easily.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Does it bother you that much that we like what this SoC is capable of? Sheesh.....And we are clearly not just talking about the SoC here...that’s obvious to anyone with reading comprehension skills.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

And did I forget to mention it's still using cortex A76 cores instead of A77?? So much for innovating....

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

And in other news, iPhones actually do have a notch, much to your dismay, and here’s why:https://www.payetteforward.com/why-does-iphone-x-have-a-notch-truth/

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You want to say that the so called notch of the iPhone makes Huawei a thief of trade secrets? Btw, PA, what should I call a person that trolls, using a red herring argument?

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao I’ve said no such thing. Stop changing the facts to suit your false narrative. You’re the one that’s trolling me. You and I aren’t having a discussion, and I’m not debating anything about Huawei and what they have or have not done with you. You can’t seem to get it through your head that I want absolutely nothing to do with you. So, since you refuse to acknowledge that and want to keep trolling me, I’m just going to troll you back.

36. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, you’re just trolling again, because this article is about chips, the tech behind chips and not some red herring you call “notch”... why else would you bring that up in this article?! You’re a funny clown, I give you that ;)!

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

That article is about chips, not Huawei in “trouble” with U.S. prosecutors, so you are the one with the “red herring” stuff. Add in that you keep trolling me simply because you have the hots for me and I refuse to want to have conversations with, and you’re the one that’s going full on clown here, lmao! The more you keep trying to force a conversation between you and I with your trolling of me, the more I’m going to troll you back.

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