Huawei HiSilicon Will Release Kirin 990 5G Modem Next Month, Launching Over Half A Year Earlier Than Qualcomm.

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It is reported that Mate 30 Series will debut on September 19. 

Before the launch event, Huawei will release a new Kirin flagship processor, named Kirin 990.

Huawei Consumer Business Software CEO, Mr. Wang indicates that Huawei HiSilicon will launch the first business 7nm+ SoC in the world and debut Huawei Mate 30 Series.



Using business 7nm+ EUV process ahead of Apple

Similar to last year, Huawei will take action in IFA Berlin, 2019. 

The new Kirin 990 SoC will be the first business 7nm+ process chip rather than Apple. TSMC will manufacture Apple's A13 and the latest Huawei flagship chip. 

Different from previous 7nm chips, the new process involves the EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography), which makes the transistor density 20% higher, improving the configuration while lowering the power consumption. 

With the new technology, the new 7nm chips will save 20% more power and have 20% uplift in performance. 



Producing 5G modem over half a year earlier than Qualcomm

Currently, as the front-runner in 5G technology, Huawei is superior to Qualcomm. 

It provides end-to-end 5G service. The built-in 5G modem of the SoC will be Baron 5000 Modem, which is highly developed for business use. It is the first single-chip multi-mode 5G modem. 

In Sub-6GHz frequency band, the Internet speed can reach 4.6Gbps. In 5G high-frequency band, the speed can be up to 6.5Gbps. It is the fastest modem so far.

In comparison, Qualcomm currently only supports Snapdragon X50 modem, and NSA architecture (Baron 5000 supports dual architectures of SA and NSA). For quite a few operators, in the early stage, NSA will be in use; however, the SA will be the ultimate architecture. 

Although both SA and NSA are a kind of 5G network architecture, SA doesn't support new features of 5G network, but it supports 4G and 5G solutions, lowering the investment cost.

The status quo is that to catch up with Huawei, Qualcomm released Snapdragon X55 modem. 

The most significant improvement is that it supports SA network architecture. However, the chip will be widely applied by the second quarter next year. 

From this perspective, Huawei produces 5G modem over half a year earlier than Qualcomm.



Huawei is debugging Mate 30 Series smartphones, and ready to launch them on the market. The price reduction of Mate 20 and P30 Series also implies the launch of Mate 30 Series.

Apart from the Kirin 990 processor, Mate 30 will also feature some improvements, for example, better camera performance to be far ahead of Samsung and Apple. 

More specifically, the rear camera setup will include two 40MP lenses, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a ToF lens (similar to the design of a round biscuit). 


It is reported that both Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will have a teardrop notch screen (with Face ID function), round rear camera module. Mate 30 Pro will incorporate a Samsung 1200P curved screen; whereas, Mate 30 will use a flat screen from BOE.

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