Huawei builds 5G modem into flagship Kirin 990 processor

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Huawei’s latest Kirin 990 flagship chipset will include a version with a built-in 5G modem, as well as offering a speed increase compared to its predecessor, the company announced onstage at IFA 2019 today. The 7-nm processor includes a modem which Huawei says can offer a maximum download speed of 2.3Gbps, and a maximum upload speed of 1.25Gbps, alongside eight ARM Cortex CPU cores.

As well as saving on space, Huawei says that using a single chip should make its phones much more power efficient compared to having both a processor and a separate modem.

The company announced the new processor just a few short days after Samsung announced a 5G chipset of its own, the Exynos 980….

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