In early September, the Chinese company Huawei introduced the new flagship chip, the Kirin 990, which is manufactured using an improved 7-nanometer process using EUV lithography. The main feature of the Kirin 990 is the presence of an integrated 5G modem. In addition, a single-chip system provides a high level of performance when performing tasks related to artificial intelligence technologies. The first devices based on the Kirin 990 platform were the flagship smartphones of the Mate 30 series, introduced a few days ago.
Now industry sources are reporting that Huawei has begun trial production of the next-generation Kirin 1000 processors using a 5-nanometer process. It is also noted that if the plans of the Chinese manufacturer are not violated, then the mass production of Kirin 1000 processors will begin in the second half of next year. A source says that the Kirin 1000 will use ARM Cortex-A77 cores. However, confirmation of this information from Huawei official representatives has not yet been.
Considering the practice of past years, it is assumed that the first devices based on the single-chip system Kirin 1000 will be representatives of the Mate 40 series. In any case, the company still has a lot of time to rethink its own strategy. Most likely, smartphones based on Kirin 1000 chips will appear no earlier than the third quarter of next year, and until then, Huawei’s flagship devices will use the Kirin 990 single-chip system.