Huawei Confirms Mate 30 Series Will Be Fueled By The Kirin 990

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As indicated by previous rumors, the upcoming Mate 30 series will be underpinned by the Kirin 990 SoC. This was confirmed by Huawei during the IFA trade show. The Mate 30 phones will be unveiled on September 19 in Munich.

Although the company didn’t divulge any details regarding the Mate 30 series, we have a fair idea of what to expect, given the numerous leaks doing rounds on the internet. Additionally, the Kirin 990 specifications also provide some hints.

This an eight-core CPU with two Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2.86GHz, 2 Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and Cortex 155 cores clocked at 1.95Ghz. Per Huawei, this architecture will enable the new chipset to provide better performance and make it more energy-efficient.


Huawei Says Kirin 990 Will Provide A Better 5G Connection

Of course, the highlight of the SoC is the fact that it comes with an integrated 5G modem. It has a multi-mode 5G modem that will not only provide high speeds but also help with AI-related tasks.

The chipset supports both NSA and SA architecture, unlike the Qualcomm Snapdragon 955 and Samsung Exynos 9825. Moreover, Huawei also says that the Kirin 990-fueled phones will not suffer from problems such as weak 5G signal and high power consumption.

That’s because the company has used things such as smart uplink split and advanced adaptive receiver to keep the connection stable and secure.


The Kirin 990 uses the 7nm+EUV technology and features the 16-core Mali G76 GPU for graphic-intensive gaming. For improved AI, it features the Big Tiny Core Architecture NPU. Inside, there are 10.3 billion transistors but at the same time, the chip is pretty small. This frees up spaces for a bigger battery. Speaking of which, the Mate 30 handsets are tipped to come with massive batteries.

Now, Huawei says that there will also be a 4G version of the Kirin 990 SoC. It will feature a downclocked CPU. It’s possible that the Mate 30 Pro and the standard Mate 30 will be underpinned by the 5G Kirin 990, while the Lite variant will get the 4G one.

The new chipset offers download speeds of up to 2.3 Gbps and upload speeds of up to 1.25 Gbps. This means that it will take several seconds for the Mate 30 series phones to download movies and apps.


The company also says that new chip will offer high frame rate and smoother gaming experience. The chip also supports UFS 3.0 flash storage. Thus the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will have pretty data transfer speeds as well.

Mate 30 Series Are Expected To Be Better Than The 2018 Flagships At Video Shooting

Huawei’s flagship phones are known for their photography, but video shooting isn’t their forte. However, it seems that will also change with the Mate 30 lineup. The new SoC features the fifth generation ISP and supports 4K HDR video, presumably at 60fps. In contrast, the previous flagships can shoot 4k videos only at 30 fps.

Apple and Samsung already offer 4K 60fps videos and it was about that time that Huawei also introduced the functionality.


The newly introduced chip also offers DSLR level noise reduction, which means we can look forward to better low light photography ad videography with Huawei’s upcoming flagships. Combined, the ISP and NPU can also pull off other feats, such as real-time AI video re-rendering.

On paper, the new chipset surely looks good but we will have to wait for real-time benchmarks to comment on its actual performance.

As for the Mate 30 series phones, they are tipped to get some exciting features such as in-display fingerprint scanner, 90Hz display, fast wireless charging, and up to four rear cameras. Combine these range-topping specifications with the supposed high performance of the new chipset, and Huawei might have a winner at hand again.