During the IFA 2019 conference in Berlin, Huawei’s consumer business CEO, Yu Chengdong, revealed that Huawei plans to release the foldable Mate X in October/November. Presently, the company is conducting various tests. Furthermore, some reporters claim that Huawei Mate X will have two versions. According to the report, the version listed at MWC earlier in the year is the Kirin 980 version. There will also be another version with the Kirin 990 which will support 5G network and requires no external baseband.
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The Kirin 990 5G chip integrates the 5G baseband chip Balong 5000. With this, it supports 5G network without an external 5G chip. In addition, it also supports SA/NSA dual architecture and TDD/FDD full frequency band.
In terms of CPU, Kirin 990 uses 4 A76 big cores and 4 A55 small cores. Furthermore, it comes with an ARM Mali G76 GPU. Its performance increases by 6% and the energy efficiency increased by 20%. The Kirin 990 also comes with Huawei’s self-developed DaVinci architecture NPU and the micro core achieves ultra-low power consumption. The ISP is upgraded to Kirin ISP 5.0 and supports LPDDR4X memory as well as a UFS 2.1/3.0 flash. The download rate is 2.3Gbps, and the uplink peak rate is 1.25Gbps. After superimposing LTE, the download peak rate is 3.3Gbps and the uplink peak rate is 1.32Gbps.