At the IFA 2019 event in Berlin, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) has announced the launch of its latest flagship Kirin 990 series, the Kirin 990 and the 5G version of it. The new chipsets are supposedly offering a better performance, higher energy efficiency, and AI capabilities along with improvements in photography for current set of 4G users, while enabling the possibility to connect to the 5G networks wherever they will be available.
“Kirin 990 (5G) is the world’s first 5G SoC, and it will enable end users to access superb 5G connectivity experience one step ahead in the first year of 5G commercialization.” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei CBG. “To meet users’ requirements for enhanced 5G experiences in the 5G era, Kirin 990 (5G) has been fully upgraded in terms of performance and power efficiency, AI computing, and ISP, extending mobile phone experiences to a new level.”
Made with the 7 nm+ EUV manufacturing process, Kirin 990 (5G) is integrated with a 5G modem and that makes the area smaller and the power consumption also lower. It is the first full-frequency 5G SoC to support both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures as well as TDD/FDD full frequency bands, enabling it to accommodate hardware requirements under diverse networks and networking modes. Based on Balong 5000’s excellent 5G connectivity capability, Kirin 990 (5G) provides a leading peak downlink rate of 2.3 Gbit/s and an uplink peak rate of 1.25 Gbit/s, delivering unmatched 5G experiences in the industry.
There’s also a dual-core NPU built on the Da Vinci architecture, which comprise large NPU cores and tiny NPU cores. The CPUs here comprise of three-level power efficiency structure, comprising of two ultra-large cores, two large cores, and four small cores, with a dominant frequency up to 2.86 GHz. To support the graphics processing, there is a 16-core Mali-G76 GPU. For gaming experiences, Kirin 990 (5G) supports an upgraded Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 that enables efficient collaboration between hardware infrastructure and solutions, offering industry-leading smooth and fast gaming experience.
The photography processing here is done by a brand-new ISP 5.0 that pioneers block-matching and 3D filtering (BM3D) professional-level hardware noise reduction (NR) for capturing brighter and sharper images in low light environments.
The Kirin 990 is going to power the Huawei Mate 30 series first, and will later be powering the next flagship phones probably from the sub-brand Honor as well.