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What do We Know About Huawei’s Next-Generation Kirin 9000 5G Processor

As Huawei is set to unveil the Mate 40 Series on October 22, the main highlight of the show is the Kirin 9000 5G processor. As Huawei’s top-tier processor, the Kirin 9000 5G is expected to offer monster performance. Here’s what we know so far:

  • It will break the 3Ghz barrier. Like with the Snapdragon 865+, the Kirin 9000 5G’s maximum clock speed will go over 3Ghz, with its large Cortex-A77 cores running at 3.13 Ghz. That’s a really high clock speed for a mobile CPU, considering there are only a few processors that go beyond 3Ghz.
  • It is the first 5nm processor with an integrated 5G modem. While Apple’s A14 Bionic is technically the first 5nm processor, the Kirin 9000 5G takes it up a notch by having an integrated 5G modem, saving on overall space for components.
  • It goes neck-to-neck with the upcoming Exynos 1080. With an AnTuTu score of almost 693K, the Kirin 9000 5G goes head-to-head with Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 1080. The former is better when it comes to CPU and memory scores, while the latter is better with GPU and UX scores.
  • It has a 24-core GPU. Aside from a more powerful CPU, the Kirin 9000 5G also improves on the GPU department, utilizing a Mali-G78 with 24 cores. While that is an insane core count, Ice Universe explains that all cores have lower frequencies, which explains why the Kirin 5000 5G has a lower score than the Exynos 1080 in the GPU department,
  • It might be the last Kirin chip for now. While the Kirin 9000 5G has very promising figures, the sad part is that it might be Huawei’s last Kirin chip for now due to the implementation of the US Trade Ban. According to reports, Huawei was only able to procure less than 9 million Kirin 9000 5G chips from TSMC, which will definitely affect the overall sales of the Mate 40 series.

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