Huawei released the Mate 60 Pro on Wednesday with little fanfare and some missing details — namely, the kind of chip it uses. Any mention of a chip is notably absent from the $960 phone’sdespite mentioning “better communication experience” and a “more stable network connection.”
That information has only surfaced in unboxing videos and reviews posted online, including, which says that the device comes with the Kirin 9000s to support 5G and satellite calls. This seems to be the latest version of the Kirin chipset that we last saw with the . However, Gizmochina notes that “there is very little information that can be confirmed” about whether the company has become self-sufficient with the Kirin 9000s. Huawei declined to comment.
If the Huawei Mate 60 Pro comes with its own 5G chip, that would mark a huge milestone for the Chinese smartphone giant. In 2019, the USfrom selling software and equipment to Huawei over national security concerns. Things got even worse for Huawei for foreign chipmakers in possession of US-made technology to do business with the company.
Afterof existing chipsets, rumors emerged that the company had been working on a 5G chip using technology sourced from China. that Huawei wanted to restart production on 5G chips “as early as this year,” with China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) set to start producing the company’s in-house 5G chip.
SMIC would reportedly use 7nm technology to produce the chip. That still isn’t as efficient as the 4nm and 3nm processes used by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which makes chips for big-name clients like Apple, Nvidia, and Google. Still, some speculate that leaving Chinese technology companies to their own devices (literally) couldthat the Biden administration is .