HUAWEI  announced Kirin 990 and Kirin 990 5G SoCs at IFA event. Kirin 990 is based on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm process, while Kirin 990 5G has built-in 5G modem supporting Sub-6 GHz 5G networks on both SA and NSA architectures and uses TSMC’s latest 7nm plus EUV manufacturing, which helps enable a smaller die size offering 36% board reduction, increased transistor density by 18% and 10% improvement in energy efficiency.

Built-in 5G modem in Kirin 990 5G offers upto 2.3Gbps download speed and 1.25 Gbps upload speed. Combined with LTE, this will give upto 3.3Gbps download speed and upto 1.32Gbps upload speed. Kirin 990 5G adopts new ISP 5.0, throughput rate is increased by 15%, energy efficiency is increased by 15%, video processing capability is improved. It also adopts block-matching and 3D filtering (BM3D) professional-level hardware noise reduction (NR) for capturing brighter and sharper images in low light environments.

The real-time video post-processing and rendering based on AI segmentation can adjust the image color frame by frame to bring cinematic quality. New Face AR enables modeling of faces, real-time tracking, expression capture, and analysis of heart rate, respiration rate and other health data.

Specification of HUAWEI Kirin 990 and Kirin 990 5G:

*Kirin 990 5G — Up to 2.86GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU + up to 2.36 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU + up to 1.95GHz ARM Cortex A55 GPU
*Kirin 990 — Up to 2.86GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU + up to 2.09 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A76 CPU + up to 1.86GHz ARM Cortex A55 GPU
*700MHz ARM Mali-G76MP16 GPU
*TSMC 7nm process for Kirin 990 / TSMC’s 7FF+ with EUV for Kirin 990 5G
*LPDDR4X memory, UFS 3.0 and UFS 2.1 storage
*2 + 1 Da Vinci NPU
*Video: HDR10; 4K at 60fps decoding, 4K at 30fps encoding
*Security Engine
*Integrated Multi-mode 4G LTE Modem for Kirin 990 and 5G modem for Kirin 990 5G