Last month, a reliable tipster had claimed that the upcoming Mate series of flagship phones from Huawei will feature a 5nm Kirin 1000 processor. An expert from the processor industry has mentioned on Weibo has also claimed that the Mate 40 series will come with a 5nm processor.
According to the Chinese tipster, even though the U.S. imposed further sanctions on Huawei in May, the company will debut the Mate 40 handset with a 5nm Kirin processor. He also said that Huawei plans to ship around 8 million Mate 40 series smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The previous leak had revealed that the 5nm Kirin chipset will be built by Taiwan-based TSMC. Previous rumors claimed that the chipset could be called Kirin 1020. However, newer leaks have revealed that it may debut as Kirin 1000.
The detailed specs of the Kirin 1000 have not surfaced yet. However, unconfirmed reports claimed that it will be equipped with Cortex-A78 CPU cores. The processor is said to be codenamed as “Baltimore.” It will be arriving as the successor for the Kirin 990 5G SoC that debuted in September last year. Probably, the new chip may go official around the same time this year.
Just as the Kirin 990 5G debuted first on the Mate 30 series, it is likely that the Kirin 1000 will be seen first on the Mate 40 lineup. It is likely that the Huawei P50 series arriving in Q1 2021 will also feature the Kirin 1000 SoC.