Besides the big players Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung on the market of smartphone soc’s there is also the Chinese HiSilicon, a part of Huawei. Recently, the Kirin 980 chip was issued for flagship devices from Huawei, produced at 7nm. Before the release, Huawei was pretty sure that the Kirin 980 would be faster than the Apple A12 Bionic that we find in the latest iPhones, but in benchmarks, Huawei’s newest chip can not overpower Apple’s performance crown.
Reportedly, the company now hopes to change course with the Kirin 990, an improved variant of the current Kirin 980. Recent rumors report that the new soc should be about 10% faster than the previous model, and moreover Consume 10% less energy. These improvements would be due to an improved 7nm + production process. According to a report from WCCFTech, Huawei’s own Balong 5000 modem will be used for 5G connectivity.
According to the same rumors, the Kirin 990 soc should be ready for the first half of the new year, and it is expected that the first Huawei devices with this chip will appear sometime late 2019 or early 2020. Of course, you still do this best with a grain of salt, since Huawei has not yet made an official announcement.