Huawei has been making great strides with their processors over the past couple of years. Through hard work, they are now on top when it comes to innovation.

Kirin 990 5G is the company’s latest top-of-the-line processor, an improvement over the Kirin 990 which is currently used on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. They are kind of the same for the most part, although as the name suggests, the Kirin 990 5G has 5G built-in.

While competitors still have a separate 5G modem for their CPUs, Huawei has taken it a step further by introducing an all-in-one solution. This means that it’s more efficient when it comes to power and there’s less heat generated.


The Kirin 990 5G is built on a cutting-edge 7nm + EUV manufacturing process and it’s composed of over 10 billion transistors inside. It’s also the first ever to sport a Big Tiny core NPU architecture, as it’s comprised of two supersized custom Cortex-A76 cores, two big Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55.

When it comes to gaming, the Huawei Kirin 990 5G is supported by a Mali-G76 GPU cluster for best performance. In addition, there’s also the Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 for software enhancements.

As for cellular reception, the Kirin 990 5G can handle 4G+5G dual standby connectivity. 5G can be activated on either SIM1 and SIM2, while the other can stay connected on 2G/3G/4G at the same time.

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