Huawei P50-series with Kirin 9000 SoC to launch in H1 2021

Joanna Estrada
Ноября 26, 2020

Apparently when faced with sanctions, Huawei chose to stockpile a large number of Kirin 9000 chipsets from TSMC, which in turn would allow them to use it in their P50 smartphone. However, this series is a flagship series and the ban still stops Huawei from purchasing any flagship chip presently.

Although a couple of companies like AMD, Intel, TSMC, and Sony has licenses to supply Huawei, these licenses exclude any chip that relates to 5G.

Will Huawei P50 series arrive next year?

As per the report, Samsung and LG will be supplying OLED panels for the Huawei P50 smartphone. It then uses the same chipset in the following P series flagships in the first half of the next year. However, if the situation does not change, there may be no next-generation Mate series. If everything was fine, the V40 series would also feature Kirin 9000 processors. Huawei's upcoming sequence remains to be speculated to return powered by the in-house chipset. Nevertheless, it is most unlikely that this yield any positive result.

The Chinese company typically launches two flagship series every year and it's not unusual for it to use the same premium chipset for its Mate and P series phones.

Amid all the U.S. sanctions and restrictions, Huawei last month announced the Mate 40 series. The 5nm chip also powers company's Mate 40 series. Huawei CEO said that the company lost 60 million units in smartphone shipment in 2019 due to U.S. restrictions.

One of the "loopholes" of the sanctions is that Huawei is not allowed to produce/buy anymore pieces of technology from U.S. companies or companies that rely on USA technology. Huawei expects shipment for 2020 to drop even further compared to 2019. The company lost top position in world's smartphone market to Samsung in the third quarter as per some research reports.

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