According to a news report, Huawei is already starting work on the next generation Kirin processor. Called Kirin 1020, it will be released after the Kirin 980 and is said to offer twice the performance than the current generation Kirin 970.
Thanks to its in-house design teams, Huawei is one of the few manufacturers to create its own System on a Chip (SoC) for its range of mobile devices. The current generation Kirin 970 is used in its flagship models such as Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro and the Honor 8. However, the chip apparently ranks slightly lower when compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 in terms of raw performance.
With the Kirin 1020 however, Huawei is looking to turn that around. It is expected to include 5G connectivity options when it is released sometime next year. Right now there is not much info yet on the composition nor the features of the SoC, but it is rumoured that it can go head-to-head with Qualcomm’s upcoming 7nm processors in terms of performance.
We may see this processor on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which following schedule should be launched sometime in 2019. In the meantime, we should be looking towards the Kirin 980, which is expected to be launched with the Huawei Mate 20 series this year.