26 October 2020
Huawei has officially unveiled its newest flagship 5G processors Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E. Both of these are exactly the same chipset except for one minor difference. These were released at the same event where we saw the Mate 40 series getting official. All smartphones in the lineup are powered by the newest processor.
The Kirin 9000 is a flagship processor built on the 5nm manufacturing process. It joins the likes of Apple's A14 Bionic and Samsung's Exynos 1080 as a handful of 5nm chipsets in the market. The latest process would result in faster performance and better power efficiency as compared to older generations. It is the world's first 5nm processor to come with an integrated 5G modem.
This simply means that Huawei has embedded its Balong 5000 5G modem directly on the chip itself instead of adding it separately. It helps in saving space for other internal components like a bigger battery. The modem is claimed to offer up to 6.5Gbps download speed through 5G carrier aggregation. It is further said to offer 2x faster download speeds and 5x faster upload speeds in the real-world when compared to Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G modem.
It is an octa-core processor featuring one Cortex-A77 core clocked at 3.13GHz, three Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.54GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.05GHz. There is support for LPDDR 5 and LPDDR 4X RAMs along with the 6th gen, quad-core ISP. It has the Mali-G78 GPU with 24 cores but with Kirin 9000E, you will get the same GPU with 22 cores. This is the only difference between the two processors. The GPU is claimed to deliver a whopping 52% higher performance (GFXBench benchmark) than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor.
There is no doubt that Huawei has made some eye-grabbing performance boost claims about its newest processor. It will be interesting to see how these chipsets will stack up against the competition in real-world usage.