Huawei's semiconductor business HiSilicon will launch the Kirin 9000L chip, which uses Samsung's 5nm EUV process, several Weibo users said recently.
The Kirin 9000L has a CPU large core A77 clocked at 2.86GHz, lower than the Kirin 9000's 3.13GHz. It has an 18-core Mali-G78 GPU, also weaker than the Kirin 9000's 24-core, according to Weibo user WHYLAB.
The user also mentioned that the Kirin 9000L's NPU retains only one large core, compared to the Kirin 9000's NPU of 2 large cores and 1 microcore.
Previously rumored to be released in May, Huawei's P50 series flagship phone is likely to use the top model of the Kirin 9000 chip.
Huawei has shifted its business focus to categories other than cell phones, extending the life cycle of its cell phone business with a limited number of chips, as previously reported.
Huawei has not stopped working on the P series and Mate series, and will still release the P50 and Mate 50.
Huawei has set aside a portion of its 8 million Kirin 9000 chips to provide for the P50 and Mate 50, these reports said.
There were also reports that Samsung has partnered with Japanese and European manufacturers to build a smaller production line with non-US devices as the US increases restrictions on the technology component of the high-tech industry.
Huawei's Kirin 9000 chip stockpiles said to be capable of supporting 10 million phones