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IFA 2019: Huawei Kirin 990 and Kirin 990 5G SoCs announced

"The Huawei Kirin 990 5G modem offers a maximum down speeds of 2.3Gbps, and a maximum upload speed of 1.25Gbps"

Huawei Kirin 990 and 990 5G flagship chipsets are now officially announced at the IFA 2019 show. The standard Kirin 990 chipset is based on TSMC's 7nm process, while the Kirin 990 5G uses TSMC's latest 7nm plus EUV lithography process. This utilises a smaller die size, thereby offering 36 percent board reduction, increased transistor density by 18 percent and 10 percent improvement in energy efficiency. The chipset packs 16-core Mali-G76 GPU that is claimed to deliver 6 percent improvement in graphics performance. Huawei's Kirin 990 5G modem offers a maximum down speeds of 2.3Gbps, and a maximum upload speed of 1.25Gbps. When combined with LTE, the download speeds are 3.3Gbps and 1.32Gbps upload speed.

The Kirin 990 5G SoC features two big Core performance and a single tiny core ultra lower consumption DaVinci-based NPU. The Kirin 990 5G chipset is clocked up to 2.86GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU and up to 2.36 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU and up to 1.95GHz ARM Cortex A55 GPU. While the standard Kirin 990 is clocked up to 2.86GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU and up to 2.09 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU and up to 1.86GHz ARM Cortex A55 GPU.

The latest Kirin 990 SoCs support LPDDR4X memory, UFS 3.0 and UFS 2.1 storage, HDR10 and 4K video recording at 60fps finally. The chipset also rocks a dedicated Security Engine. The Kirin 990 5G adapts new ISP 5.0 and new BM3D dual-domain video noise reduction technology that is claimed to reduce noise by 20 percent. Much like Samsung's Exynos 980 5G chipset, the Kirin 990 5G doesn't support mmWave 5G. Given how the mmWave 5G is mainly used in the US where Huawei isn't operational, it only makes sense for it to omit. Instead; Huawei will be focusing on the sub-6GHz variant of which is widely used worldwide.

The new Face AR enables modelling of faces, respiration rate, real-time tracking, expression capture, and analysis of heart rate and more. The new Kirin 990 SoC will be powering the upcoming Mate 30 series, which are scheduled to go official on September 19th.

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