Huawei won’t launch its next-generation flagship Mate series smartphone until the second half of the year but the development of the design prototype and Kirin chipset that would be onboard usually begins a long time before the flagship is announced.

This year’s Mate series model is likely going to named Huawei Mate 40, if we’re going to follow the name scheme based on last year’s Huawei Mate 30. The device, as usual, will feature Huawei’s next-generation HiSilicon Kirin chipset.

The chipset for this year is tipped to be built on TSMC’s 5nm process and if Huawei is to maintain its current naming pattern, the processor will be named Kirin 1020 Systems-on-Chip (SoC). TSMC had earlier revealed that it will commence mass-production of the 5nm chipset in the first half of this year.

The company said to be in partnership with Broadcom for the mass-production of the 5nm product. The new chip is expected to ship in Q3 2020. TSMC will equally supply 5nm processors for the iPhone 12 series in addition to the Mate 40 series. Both smartphones series are expected to carry the first-ever 5nm mobile chipsets.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The new-gen 5nm process from TSMC will have two versions — N5 which is the version that will be mass-produced this year. The second version is N5P and volume production is expected to kick off in 2021. The N5 is said to enhance performance by 15%. The chipset also reduces power consumption by 30%, while crystal density is increased by 80%. In the same light, the N5P has 7% performance boost than the N5. It also offers a further 15% reduction in power consumption.

Since it is built on the N5 5nm process, Huawei’s next-generation Kirin 1020 chipset is tipped to boast of a performance increase of over 50% compared to the Kirin 990 of the previous generation.

The CPU architecture is said to have gotten an upgrade from the current ARM Cortex-A76 to the Cortex-A78 which ARM is expected to launch in August. The A78 should naturally surpass the Cortex-A77 utilized on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 SoC. The Kirin 1020 will equally be integrated with a 5G baseband and should bring support for the WiFi 6 protocol.

We expect more details of the chipset to be released as the months roll by.

Source: MyDrivers



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