Huawei Technologies showcased its chipset for a brand new top-notch smartphone on Friday, pressing ahead with plans to release its Mate 30 range, regardless of uncertainty about whether the new phones will be able to run Google’s Android OS and apps.
The Chinese tech titan bills the Kirin 990 chipset as the first all-in-one 5G system on a chip, calling it as superior to alternate options from Qualcomm and Samsung that, it says, graft 5G modems on to 4G chips.
Huawei’s launch at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin of the Kirin 990, made utilizing the most recent 7-nanometer production course, is a part of a carefully sequenced advertising to the Sept. 19 global rollout of the Mate 30 in Munich.
Huawei sources say it’s still not known whether the Mate 30 will be able to run services from Alphabet’s Google after the blacklisting of the Chinese firm by the U.S. government in May.
The world’s No.2 smartphone manufacturer is looking to reclaim ground because the spread of extremely-fast 5G networks prompts an upgrade cycle among smartphone users who’ve been holding on to phones for longer. Consumers will need new handsets to reap the benefits of the ultrafast download speeds promised by 5G.
The services unsure include pre-installing the Google Play store and a set of popular apps, including Google Maps that buyers would expect to be available from the second they turn on their new smartphone and sync it with their profile.
Huawei’s fallback option could be to run the devices on its home-grown Harmony OS, though firm executives and analysts say it’s not yet ready for prime time.