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Huawei unveils world’s first 5G SoC that will power the Huawei Mate 30

Kirin 990, which was unveiled with Kirin 990 (5G), is also designed to bring performance, energy efficiency, AI capabilities, and photography, offering better experiences to a more extensive group of 4G smartphone users.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group
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Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the latest flagship Kirin 990 series: Kirin 990 and its 5G version.

“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. 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.” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group

Kirin 990, which was unveiled with Kirin 990 (5G), is also designed to bring elevated performance, energy efficiency, AI capabilities, and photography, offering better experiences to a more extensive group of 4G smartphone users.

World’s First Flagship SoC to Bring 5G Connectivity

Huawei’s Kirin 990 (5G) is the first 5G SoC in the world and supports the 5G smartphone solution. With the 7 nm+ EUV manufacturing process, the Kirin 990 (5G) is integrated with a 5G modem, achieving a smaller area and lower power consumption. Moreover, the Kirin 990 (5G) 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 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.

NPU Architecture for AI Computing Power in 5G

Kirin 990 (5G) is the first flagship SoC that packs a dual-core NPU built on the Da Vinci architecture, which comprise large NPU cores and tiny NPU cores. The large cores achieve high performance and power efficiency in heavy computing scenarios, while the tiny core structure, first in the industry, empowers ultra-low power consumption applications.

Performance and Energy Efficiency

In terms of CPU, Kirin 990 features a 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. In addition, Kirin 990 uses a 16-core Mali-G76 GPU and the new system-level Smart Cache for intelligent flow distribution, which can save bandwidth and lower power consumption. For gaming experiences, Kirin 990 (5G) supports an upgraded Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 that enables efficient collaboration between hardware infrastructure and solutions.

Newly Upgraded ISP

As for photography, Kirin 990 (5G) provides a brand-new ISP 5.0 that has block-matching and 3D filtering (BM3D) professional-level hardware noise reduction (NR) for capturing brighter and sharper images in low light environments. It is also the first to use dual-domain video NR for more accurate noise processing for videos. In addition, the real-time video post-processing and rendering based on AI segmentation can adjust the image color frame by frame.

New Hardware

Huawei unveiled the newly designed Huawei P30 Pro. The upgraded Huawei P30 Pro continues Huawei P series’ design and imaging technology and offers two trend-setting designs and colors created by a matte surface sanding process. They are Mystic Blue and Misty Lavender. EMUI 10 will bring some new software enhancements.

Lastly, Richard Yu officially showcased Huawei FreeBuds 3, the new wireless earphones that’s an Airpod alternative. As the first wireless earphones running on Huawei’s powerful Kirin A1 chip, Huawei FreeBuds 3 provides stable and fast connectivity, immersive sound quality and smart noise canceling experience. It’s the world’s first open wireless earphone that provides real active noise canceling performance.

The Huawei Mate Series powered by the new Kirin 990 Series chips will be coming this September.