Huawei is nowhere close to having its own mobile GPU ready to power consumer-grade devices, known industry insider from China known only by their social media handle “Ice Universe” said earlier today. The remarks were made in response to recent reports originating from the Far Eastern country that suggested the Shenzhen, Guangdong-based technology giant is intensifying its efforts in the GPU space and may already be prepared to implement a proprietary chip into the upcoming Kirin 980 SoC from its subsidiary HiSilicon. Those rumors have no foothold in reality, the source claims, adding that Huawei will continue using ARM’s Mali GPUs for the time being, much like Samsung does. “The Chinese media is keen to make up various rumors,” the insider concluded.
The reports about Huawei working on its own GPU emerged around the same time that similar claims were made in regards to Samsung, with the South Korean original equipment manufacturer supposedly coming up with an entirely new architecture that would allow it to match or exceed Apple’s technologies in terms of rendering performance. While Samsung’s mobile GPU ambitions have been the subject of various reports for about half a decade now, the company still isn’t prepared to mass-produce its chips and even when flow production becomes a realistic near-term goal, it likely won’t target a high-end product for its first implementation and will instead test its first GPU in one or more entry-level devices, most likely Android smartphones, sources claimed earlier this year.
While it will almost certainly lack an in-house GPU, Huawei’s Kirin 980 is still expected to be capable of competing with both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and Samsung’s Exynos 9820 set to power 2019 devices. The silicon is likely to be announced at IFA 2018 which runs in Berlin, Germany, from August 31 through September 5, with the first devices equipped with the chip being expected to be announced in the final quarter of the year in the form of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The Kirin 980 should also be found inside the P30 lineup, or however Huawei decides to call its follow-up to this year’s P20 series of Android flagships.