Huawei Will Re-Enable 5G Chips on Smartphones This Year

Huawei Will Re-Enable 5G Chips on Smartphones This Year

Huawei is re-enabling 5G on its all smartphones this year. What new chips could powered these 5G devices – Kirin or Balong? Let’s take a look at the possibility and the story behind it.

Baron chips?

We know that following the release of the Huawei Mate 20 series, Huawei has released the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. This is the first flagship product ever to support 5G, equipped with Kirin 980 and the world’s first 7nm 5G multimode modem chip Balong 5000.

Huawei launched the Balong 5000, a 5G device. In addition to smartphones, the chipset supports a wide range of 5G products, including home broadband equipment, in-vehicle equipment, and 5G modules. It can enable SA/NSA connection at the same time.

The Balong 5000 is the first chipset to achieve the industry benchmark for 5G peak download speeds. On sub-6GHz (low band, the primary spectrum for 5G), the Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps.

On mmWave spectrum (the high-frequency band used for 5G spread spectrum), the Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds of up to 6.5 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than the highest 4G LTE speed currently on the market.

Kirin chip?

With the Kirin 990, Huawei embedded a 5G modem into the chipset and stopped using the Balong 5000 in smartphones. Since 2020, due to US technology restrictions, Huawei suppliers cannot provide OEMs for Huawei to produce new chipsets.

HiSilicon, Huawei’s chipset design subsidiary, announced that Huawei will stop supplying and producing new Kirin and other chipsets. However, the company has been working on new chip designs. At the same time, Huawei did not lay off HiSilicon employees.

The Kirin 9000 is the last Kirin flagship chipset with 5nm process technology. Even after 3 years, this chip still holds a lot of weight in the market and is the best performer in smartphones. In 2020 , the performance of Huawei HiSilicon chip Kirin 9000 exceeds that of Apple A14 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the same period.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro has also become the most popular 5G mobile phone. Compared with the Android camp, only Huawei can compete with Apple’s iPhone. Even the models released more than two years ago still surpass iPhone14ProMax in terms of value retention and popularity.

Latest reports:

According to reports, Huawei is working with chipset manufacturers such as SMIC to develop 5G solutions. Rumors suggest that Huawei also plans to return to the 5G market by the end of this year. However, Huawei officials have not confirmed whether the report is true.

In the meantime, we know there is some speculation. In June this year, the research institution Counterpoint reported that Huawei HiSilicon will re-launch the Kirin chipset supporting 5G in the second half of this year, and will adopt SMIC’s N+1 manufacturing and processing technology. The process node is said to be comparable to Taiwan’s TSMC’s 7nm node.

If Huawei plans to use the Balong 5000, it will be fused with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset for 5G. On the other hand, it seems a bit difficult to come back this year with an advanced Kirin 5G chip.

What do you think? Qilin or Barong, which one will come back this year?

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