Earlier this week, we reported that Huawei’s modified Mate X foldable phone will be powered by the Kirin 990 SoC. Following in on its tradition of announcing new chipsets before the Mate series, Huawei has now confirmed the Kirin 990 moniker officially.
Huawei has uploaded a teaser video on its official YouTube channel revealing that the next generation of flagship smartphone chipset will be called Kirin 990. The teaser video has also hinted that the upcoming processor will be announced on September 6 at the IFA 2019 event in Berlin.
The teaser video does mention that the focus of the technology will be on 5G, meaning the Kirin 990 SoC could employ a Balong 5000 5G modem built right into the platform. The chipset will likely be based on a 7nm+ EUV lithography process node and will be manufactured using a FlipChip Package-on-Package design by Taiwan’s TSMC.
Kirin 990 is also expected to come with extended support of 4K video recording at 60fps. This will make the Mate 30 series, the first Huawei phone to feature 4K 60fps recording, something which has been available on iPhones dating back to 2017 and Samsung’s Galaxy S9.
Besides that, we can expect the upcoming Kirin SoC to incorporate ARM’s latest Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU which was announced in May. The latest Cortex core will be able to offer up to 20 per cent faster instructions per clock with the same efficiency and 35 times faster machine learning performance than the Cortex-A55. The Mail-G77 will also be able to give 1.4 times more performance than the Mail-G76 with 30 per cent additional energy efficiency.
Huawei’s Kirin 990 SoC is expected to be announced on September 6 during the IFA 2019 event in Berlin.