The Huawei Mate 60 and 60 Pro Apparently Use the All-new Kirin 9000S Chipset

We’re wondering why Huawei is keeping it a secret

It has been roughly a day since the Mate60 Pro was released (and about two years since the US trade ban). One of the things a company boasts about a flagship phone is its chipset but Huawei has not disclosed this information when the Mate60 Pro debuted.

HarmonyOS and HiSilicon Kirin 9000S inside the Mate 60

Leaksters found out on Twitter that, through the internal source code, the Mate60 and Mate60 Pro use an all-new HiSilicon Kirin 9000S chipset… wait a minute. Repeat that. Hi…Silicon… KIRIN? Wait, are they actually back? Are they back for real this time?

That’s maybe why Huawei is keeping it a secret. It’s like a friend planning a surprise birthday party. They don’t want to spoil anything until everything is ready. Now the big question is this: where are they getting these chips? It can’t be TSMC or Samsung.

Well, it turns out that Chinese semiconductor company SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation) has been helping Huawei and its division, HiSilicon, get back its toes while circling around the US Trade Ban. Huawei has been known for taking advantage of loopholes implemented in the sanction. One example is their rebranding of the Huawei Nova 11 to the Hi Nova 11. So as long a brand is not connected or associated with Huawei, regardless if the design is similar, then they are free from the ban. This is also why Wiko can use Huawei-designed smartphones and still have Google services and 5G connectivity.

The Kirin 9000S is a homemade chipset which uses the Maleoon 910 GPU. The chipset uses a 4+4 architecture and a 2nd-gen 7nm process instead of the newer and much more efficient 1+3+4 configuration and a smaller 2nd-gen 4nm process that other chipsets like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 use. The main cores are clocked at 2150MHz while the efficiency cores are clocked at 1530MHz. The phone shown in the image also has 12GB RAM and 512GB ROM and runs HarmonyOS 3.0

Though, the company still has a long way to actually be competitive in the space, as they were in the glory days. GizmoChina reported that this flagship chipset scored 699,783 points on AnTuTu v10. This is very disappointing for today’s flagship standards wherein every new chipset can score at least 1 million points or higher. A score shy of 700 thousand points is now in the midrange sector. However, the outlet also noted to take the score with a high level of doubt due to its secretive nature.

Still, we’re happy to see competition in the space as Qualcomm and MediaTek dominated the smartphone chipset industry like how Intel and AMD did for PCs and laptops. UNISOC is just not there yet but they are climbing the ranks at a healthy pace.

Source: GizmoChina, South China Morning Post, YugaTech