Most likely, Huawei will call its next flagship lineup the Mate 40, and while the build and materials used for this device are not yet specified but the internals is. Huawei’s R&D department has initiated research for the upgrades it will feature in the near future. The main highlight out of which is the processor up-gradation over the current Kirin 990 SoC by the company.
Yes, you heard it right! The Huawei Mate 40 lineup will have the upcoming Kirin 1020 SoC based on the 5nm process, which is a total of 50% improvement over the current-gen Kirin 990 chip. Well, this new chipset is based on the 5nm wafer manufactured by the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). For those who don’t know, the TSMC is said to have one of the largest foundry factories for 5nm chip production.
According to several reports, the mass production for this 5nm Kirin 1020 chip will begin in the first half of 2020, and the shipment for these will start when the company begins supplying chips to Huawei for the Mate 40 series and Apple Inc. for the iPhone 12 series. Both of these smartphones are expected to be the first lineup tp sport a 5nm architecture based chip.
Taking a look towards configurations of 5nm Kirin 1020 SoC, it will be a 5G enabled chip with the CPU architecture upgraded from A76 to A78, which surpasses the Cortex-A77 feature on the Snapdragon 865. Talking in-depth about this 5nm processor by TMSC, it will come in two versions i.e., N5 and N5P, where the N5P is slightly better than the standard N5. The N5 version will be mass-produced this year, and the N5P will be mass-produced next year i.e., 2021.
The N5 is 15% better in performance, 30% reduction in power consumption, and increased crystal density by 80% if compared to the 7nm process chips while the more efficient N5P chip is 7% stronger in performance with an increased 15% on the power consumption reduction over the N5.