Huawei has been killing it when it comes to market share lately and it seems like the company is continuing to get even better. New leaks have emerged suggesting some of the very first tidbits of Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 990 SoC. Courtesy of CNMO, a Chinese publication, we could finally analyze some interesting developments happening under Huawei’s umbrella.
There’s quite a decent amount of information we could derive from the report. According to the report, the Kirin 990 SoC would feature and be built on TSMC’s 2nd-gen 7nm process, enabling 10% better power efficiency and would also be “20% denser” than the Kirin 980. While “denser” certainly seems to be vague, it seems like they’re referring towards a 20% denser transistor layout. If that’s the case, we could be looking at a decent uplift this soon as the transistor count jumps from 6.9 Billion to 8.28 Billion from the Kirin 980 to the Kirin 990. While that doesn’t proportionally translate into raw performance it certainly seems to be a decent uplift considering that the Kirin 980-powered Mate 20 series have been out for less than a month.
Additional keen details that we were able to pick on suggested that Huawei could be changing their plans for the adoption of 5G. Contrary to what Huawei has initially announced at the Kirin 980 briefing, the Huawei Kirin 990 would most probably have their 5G modem dubbed as “Balong 5000” built into the SoC itself rather than being a dedicated chip.
If true, we’re looking at two outcomes we should be looking forward to from Huawei in 2019. First, this would be the first time the company would retire an SoC this soon into its typical year-long lifecycle. And second, if true, this could potentially mean that the upcoming Huawei P30 and P30 Pro would be even faster than the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro given that they would undoubtedly pack the Kirin 990 SoC along with these improvements.
Whether this seems to be a worthy upgrade is yet to be seen. However, as 5G nears with the advent of 2019, the race towards 5G has just begun, and Huawei is most definitely feeling it.
Given how well the company has performed over the past few years, it seems like Huawei has no intentions to break a sweat yet. Previous reports have suggested that Huawei has continuously been gaining market share every quarter and seems to be showing no signs of slowing down. While a lot of that success could be attributed towards their entry into the European market, there’s certainly a ton of interest behind all of these operations as Huawei and its rivals race for 5G. Featuring a 32.7% YoY improvements, this could be Huawei’s best push to becoming a market leader as Chinese brands push themselves to the limit in the race to catching up with the “Apples and Galaxies”.