At the IFA 2019 annual trade show held in Berlin, Huawei unveiled the Kirin 990 SoC, its next-generation mobile processor which will power its Mate 30 smartphones. The list of smartphones to receive the new processor also includes Mate 30 Pro, which may prove to be the most significant iPhone 11 competitor launching in 2019.
The Beijing company is doing the same what it did last year, when it launched the first ever 7nm chipset in the world at the IFA 2018, days before Apple introduced its 7nm A12 chipset. The new Kirin 990 chip marks a first for Huawei, one which Apple will not be able to beat anytime soon.
The all new silicon would be developed by TSMC on 7nm EUV (Extreme ultraviolet lithography) process. As per reports, this is the same tech that the A13 utilizes, with the processor of Apple iPhone 11 also believed to feature chips manufactured by TSMC.
Just like previous year, the A13 would arrive in the market days before Kirin 990 because the Mate 30 smartphones will arrive on 19 September, a week after the launch of iPhone 11.
Some of the features packed in the Kirin 990 include an 8-core CPU, improved photography, on-device AI, built-in 5G modem based upon Balong 5000 chipset of Huawei among others.