IFA 2019: Huawei announces Kirin 990 7nm processor with integrated 5G modem

News from the IFA 2019 exhibition continues and the line has reached Huawei. The company held an event where

showed several new products, including its flagship processor, Kirin 990 5G.

What is known

The chipset is the world's first 7nm SoC with an integrated 5G modem. For comparison, its closest rival Samsung Exynos 980 is built on 8 nm technology.


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The new processor got twohigh-performance (Cortex-A76), two medium (Cortex-A76) and four small cores (Cortex-A55) with a frequency of 2.86 GHz, 2.36 GHz and 1.95 GHz, respectively. It also includes the 16-core Mali G76 graphics accelerator, which is 6% faster than its predecessor.


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Built-in modem provides 5G networks speeddownloads up to 2.3 Gbit / s and upload speed 1.25 Gbit / s. In combination with 4G LTE, this figure increases to 3.3 Gbit / s and up to 1.32 Gbit / s. The new processor also received an updated SoC NPU and improved Dual ISP technology for photos.


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In addition to the Kirin 990 5G, Huawei also showed the usual Kirin 990. The processor was equipped with a weaker NPU chip, as well as Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55 cores with a reduced frequency to 2.09 GHz and 1.86 GHz, respectively.

When to expect

The new processor will be the first to receive the flagship line of smartphones Huawei Mate 30. Its announcement is scheduled for September 19.