Just a few months have passed since Huawei took upon itself to announce the Kirin 9000 processor. The chipset makes its way in two variants : the Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E – and happens to be present only in the Mate 40 series. And now, a leaker has actually gone on to disclose details with regards to the next flagship Kirin processor – reportedly to be called the Kirin 9010.
This latest info with regards to the Kirin processor comes as a result of what a leaker has had to say, and in accordance with the tweet posted by this particular leaker, the next-generation Kirin processor should indeed make way as the Kirin 9010 and it will be a 3nm chipset.
The Kirin 9000 actually launched as the very first 5nm processor for Android devices and it was after this processor’s announcement that Samsung came forward with its Exynos 1080 processor and Qualcomm moved forward with the Snapdragon 888. While most did in fact expect that Huawei would actually stick with the 5nm process for at least two years, the leak actually goes on to suggest that it will be making the jump to 3nm for its very next mobile chipset, which if all does indeed go well, should launch this year and should possibly make an appearance in the Mate 50 series by the fourth quarter of the new year.
It also wouldn’t be too wild an assumption then to conclude that Qualcomm too will soon follow suit and will also shift to 3nm for its next generation flagship chipset if indeed the rumors surrounding Huawei are true. While Qualcomm is actually expected to announce a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset later in the year which should be a 5nm processor like its sibling but with a higher clock speed.
On the other hand, Samsung will actually reportedly skip on the 4nm process and will jump straight to 3nm. It is also expected that Apple will announce 3nm processors that will be built by TSMC but this is not expected to make way any sooner than next year. And so, there is actually quite a decent chance that Huawei will be the very first manufacturer to announce a 3nm chipset.