Huawei was expected to unveil its new flagship HiSilicon Kirin chipset at the IFA 2020. At its keynote on September 3, Huawei made no announcement regarding the new Kirin 1000 / 9000 SoC. However, Walter Ji, President of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) Europe, talked about Huawei's commitment to Europe.
The very next day, on September 4, its sister brand Honor announced a bunch of new products for the international markets. As per the latest report from China, Huawei decided to skip launching its new chipset to avoid drawing unnecessary attention.
Huawei delays flagship Kirin 1000 SoC launch at IFA 2020
Huawei is at the center of US-China disputes over the technology sector. The Kirin 1000 will be Huawei's latest flagship mobile chipset. If everything went as per the plan, it could have been the world's first mobile chipset to debut with the latest 5nm process.
While the company's HiSilicon unit designs Kirin chipsets, it uses third-party foundries to produce them. TSMC has been the long term partner for Huawei when it comes to producing its flagship Kirin chipsets. In May this year, the US Commerce Department made changes to the export rules which blocked TSMC from working with Huawei.
However, the Taiwanese company was allowed to fulfill previous Huawei orders until September 14. TSMC is reportedly working overtime to ship as many chipsets as possible, but it could still be a long way off. Huawei is reportedly doubtful over the inventory required for its upcoming flagship smartphones.
Huawei Mate 40 series will be launching soon with this new chipset
As of now, the company is rumored to have only 15 million units in stock. Last year, it sold 12 million units of the Mate 30 smartphones in its first three months. If you didn't know, the Mate 30 was the first flagship from Huawei to miss out on GMS support.
For now, the upcoming Kirin 1000 could be the last chipset from Huawei to hit the market. Based on the rumors, this new chipset will be powering the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and Mate 40 Pro+ smartphones. On the other hand, domestic foundries in China lack the cutting-edge technology to produce the flagship Kirin chipsets.
Qualcomm is also looking to get permission from the US government to supply its chipsets to Huawei. While Huawei already uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets in its budget smartphones, the upcoming Huawei P50 series could become the company's first flagship device to carry a Snapdragon chipset.
As of now, Huawei hasn't officially mentioned anything about the delayed Kirin 1000 chipset launch. The new HiSilicon Kirin chipset will likely launch alongside the Mate 40 series in the next few weeks.