Samsung and Huawei are both taking on Qualcomm that has a processor with a built in 5G modem. It has been said to ChannelNews that this new processor might be used in Samsung top end QLED TV’s and other devices.
The reveal of the processors happened in Berlin at IFA 2019. Claim has been made by analysts that if the Samsung processor becomes successful it might dent Qualcomm sales as it reduces the power and space requirements in comparison with existing solutions which have 2 processors on motherboard of a smartphone.
Samsung stated that by December 2019, they planned on mass production with 2020 smartphones set having new processor.
Huawei says that on September 19, their 5G Modem will be revealed with new Mate 30 Pro smartphone.
Huawei subsidiary HI Silicon’s Kirin 990 5G is made at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and it packs over 10.3 billion transistors into a very tiny space.
It has an octa-core CPU, a graphics processor and the 5G modem with neural processing units for accelerating AI.
Australian consumers don’t buy Huawei smartphones anymore due to security risks and the possibility that it might not operate with new Android 10 OS or download Android apps.
Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer group CEO showed the high-end 990 5G achieving real-world speeds of download on mobile network of China in excess of 1.7Gbps. He did not talk about security issues that led to Huawei’s ban Australia and the USA.
Samsung, with its Exynos 980 is targeting the mid-range. Along with 5G capabilities, this chip integrates 802.11ax fast Wi-Fi and Samsung’s own NPU too.
This chip will help Samsung take over the market before Qualcomm makes an impression with new 5G-capable chips coming year.
The new technology is also featured in the Galaxy A90, which is a mid-range device with 5G.
Analysts say that as long as the Trump administration is going to prevent this new technology from offering Google services, Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro is going have a hard time making a sale in Europe, Australia, and the USA.
Keeping aside speed and advancement of Kirin 990 5G, the trade war will not let Huawei fully capitalize on its claimed capabilities.
It’s also said that the Chinese Company Lenovo Group, that does not subject to same sanctions, could build the new Huawei and use it in their products in 2020.