Last year at IFA 2018, Huawei debuted the Kirin 980, the first system on a chip made with a 7nm production process. The SoC represented the heart of the Mate 20 range and then characterized all the top of the company’s range up to the P30 and P30 Pro.
One year later, Huawei is already working on the evolution of this SoC, the Kirin 985. The processor will be presented this year and will always be based on a 7nm production process. In particular, the manufacturer will use Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV) technology for the realization.
Thanks to this choice, Huawei plans to improve SoC performance by achieving up to 20% more performance than the previous model. Consumption should also decrease, improving the general autonomy of the device.
According to rumors, Huawei’s engineers are finalizing the design of the SoC. This is one of the last steps before real production starts. The production lines of the Kirin 985 will come into operation in the coming months. The best time to start production should be the third quarter of the year. In fact, the SoC should be ready for the debut of the new Mate 30 series.
Obviously, it will become the reference SoC for all Huawei and Honor smartphones. At the moment there are no confirmations regarding actual performance, but the Kirin 985 will certainly be compatible with 5G networks. Alongside the Kirin 985, the Chinese manufacturer intends to launch the successor of the Kirin 710. This SoC will be the reference point for mid-range devices throughout the group.
Finally, the supply chain also confirms that “the Huawei Mate 30 series will be launched with a 5G modem”, something that fits considering that Huawei has the Balong 5000, a 5G modem with support for SA and NSA networks (autonomous and non-autonomous).
According to Huawei, its modem is capable of reaching 4.6 Gbps in the sub-6GHz band and 6.5 Gbps in mmWave, both measurements being in China. At the moment they are only leaks and rumors, so it will be time to wait until almost the fourth quarter of this year to know both the processor and the Huawei Mate 30.
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