04 August 2020
UPDATE (June 15th, 2020):
A new leak coming from China is claiming that the Huawei Mate 40 series could feature a 108-megapixel camera sensor. It is the highest possible megapixel count for a smartphone camera and has already been seen on certain phones. The report adds that the 9P lens sensor will be seen in both Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro.
Original (May 25th, 2020)
Huawei is supposedly working on its new Mate series to launch this year. While the name of the upcoming series is not yet confirmed, we consider it to be the Mate 40 for obvious reasons. Now, something related to the series has surfaced that can be taken as a base to follow until we receive more details on the same.
According to the very known tipster @RODENT950 on Twitter, the Mate 40 Pro model will be powered by Kirin 1000 SoC based on the 5nm process. The tipster further notes that this chipset is manufactured by TSMC. While it is not a surprise that Huawei uses its in-houses chips for its phones, it is the manufacturer's name that is raising eyebrows already. Huawei and TSMC had been together for many projects but due to the recently announced rules by the US, TSMC had to stop taking orders from Huawei.
Mate 40 series use 5nm K1000 soc manufactured by TSMC.— Teme (特米)😷 (@RODENT950) May 23, 2020
Samsung also started to build 5nm production lines.
TSMC is yet to move onto a more advanced 5nm process this year and hearing it making 5nm-based chips for Huawei already doesn’t make sense. It is, however, assumed that Huawei had already placed an order for the 5nm chips before the rules were imposed, and hence it will use them for its new phones. According to the new laws, the orders taken before the ban or already in production are not affected, if they can ship before September 14. So this reflects Huawei might have already placed orders for 5nm-based chips and they are on the way to be shipped before the aforementioned date.
The 5nm-based Kirin 1000 SoCs will be more efficient and consume less power thanks to the smaller nm fabrication process. According to a recent report from Nikkei Asian, Huawei is turning to mobile chip rivals already after seeing pressures from the US. In fact, a few past reports had suggested that Huawei could eventually shift its focus on Samsung for the chip orders. Samsung would start mass production of its 5nm chips in Q2 2020 and it appears Huawei will turn to South Korea to continue its smartphone business.
We expect to hear more about the Kirin 1000 SoC in the coming days or weeks.