HUAWEI MATE 50 SERIES: – In the modern world, 5G technologies are the fastest growing technology and Huawei is the leader in 5G equipment technology but still, the Huawei phone isn’t capable to support 5G. Chipset plays a massive role if mobile has to support 5G and with the help of RF antenna (RF transceiver, and RF front-end components), SoC easily supports 5G. Recently Huawei launch two series, one are Huawei flagship phone which is Huawei P50 Series and the mid-range smartphone which is Huawei Nova 9 Series. Huawei P50 series uses Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 888 while Huawei Nova 9 series uses Snapdragon 778, both chipsets support 5G but in the case of Huawei both fail to support 5G.
What is the reason why Huawei Kirin 9000, Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 778 failed to support 5G? Starting with the Kirin 9000, some insider reports claim that the Huawei Kirin 9000’s long-term storage caused damage to their RF antenna and that Huawei has failed to fix the problem, that’s why the Kirin 9000 has failed to support 5G. In the case of Snapdragon, Qualcomm to get their Snapdragon 888 chips to Huawei, but with the built-in, 5G modems cut removed from the system-on-chip, due to 5G sanctions on Huawei by US Government. This is the reason why Huawei smartphones did not support 5G.
Is Huawei Kirin still exist in Huawei Universe?
Many people still want to know if either Huawei working on Kirin chipset or they switch on Snapdragon forever. But before talking about it, let us talk about the current state of the Kirin chipset. It was reported from Global Time last year that “Huang Haifeng, a veteran high-tech observer, said that based on his knowledge Huawei has about 10 million Kirin 9000 chips on hand”. In mid-September 2021, TSMC has stopped shipping semiconductors to Huawei. Till last mid-September to now, Huawei launch many phones which had powered by Kirin 9000 SoC and what’s the number of the current stock of Kirin 9000 SoC, only Huawei knows. This is all about current situation of the Kirin chipset.
Now the big question arises that what is the future of 5G in Huawei smartphones, next-generation Kirin SoC and Huawei going to switch to Qualcomm Snapdragon forever? RF antennas play an important role in 5G connectivity and the remaining Kirin chipsets have RF antenna problems. If Huawei manages to replace the RF antenna with the rest of the chipset, it could support 5G. When the Huawei P50 series was launched, some media reports had revealed that some Chinese companies are working with Huawei to make its own indigenous RF antenna and now it seems like this is a legit report. Now a new report suggests that China successfully manufactured a 14nm production line of RF chips, this is the best news of the day for Huawei followers. Where Samsung has developed an 8nm RF chip while another side Huawei on the other hand has developed 14nm, this means that the speed and accuracy of 5G may disappoint you but your phone will be able to support 5G.
Future of Kirin Chipset
Last year Huawei rotating CEO Guo Ping said that “Huawei will keep investing in its chip arm Hisilicon and help partners in chip manufacturing, production equipment and raw materials – areas in which the Chinese tech firm is restricted by the US – to build and improve their ability”. Later, Digitime Asia reported,
Since after US sanctions, various rumours and leaks float on the internet, that some of having sense and some haven’t. According to China Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) database, Huawei HiSilicon has applied for a total of two Kirin related patents since September last year. These are related to 5nm+ SoC and 3nm SoC patents. At the beginning of this year, it was rumoured that Huawei is trying to develop a 3nm SoC but it’s a 5nm+ SoC, which got a lot of media attention but no one told how it was possible. Yes, it’s a piece of legit news that Huawei is developing a 5nm+ chipset but it’ll not coming before 2023, but what the codename and what it’ll be called isn’t determined. According to rumours, it will be called Kirin 9010 and production will be limited. Whenever the next Kirin Chipset will come, it will be owning a new and self-development GPU instead of Mali GPU. Overall the conclusion is that Huawei HiSilicon have its future and we will see HiSilicon Chipset again but not before 2023.
Huawei Mate 50 Series
Rumours ran rampant last month that the Huawei Mate 50 series would be launching later this year but it’s just a rumour, nothing more. At the end of this year, Huawei is going to hold an event where Huawei phones, smartwatches will lunch. At that event, Huawei will launch Huawei Mate V, Huawei Watch GT 3, Huawei Watch D and Huawei Fit 2. Some of the specifications about the Huawei Mate 50 Series is already out. The Huawei Mate 50 Series will have LTPO AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and the front design is similar to Huawei P50 Series which is centre punch-hole display and a curved display. It will be powered by Harmony OS 3.0. Huawei Mate 50 series will use a dual chipset policy before Huawei P50 series has used a dual chipset policy.
Huawei Mate 50 Series will use Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 898 4G although, it will support 5G. The reason the Kirin 9000 didn’t support 5G was the RF antenna. China successfully manufactures indigenous 14nm RF chip to replace damaged RF Antenna un Kirin 9000 but the number of 5G phones and availability will be limited, its availability will be limited in select markets. The launch of the Huawei Mate 50 series will be scheduled at the end of the first half of 2022, it seems logical because like this year Huawei will launch a flagship phone next year and from 2023 Huawei will start producing the chipset by itself. From 2023 onwards, Huawei may follow the same roadmap that they previously followed by launching two flagships in a year which are “P Series” and “Mate Series”.