Mate 30 Pro – The SoC Kirin 990 4G will be slower than the Kirin 990 5G!

by Kelvin

Huawei today announced at IFA 2019, its new state-of-the-art Kirin 990 SoC, which will not only be the basis of the new Mate 30 due to be released on September 19, but also the chip that will bring the chip to life. folding Mate X when it hits the market.

However, there are two versions, the Kirin 990 5G and the Kirin 990 4G… And apparently, we will have a difference in performance, thanks to the production process used.


Therefore, the Kirin 990 is also the first SoC on the market to bring an integrated 5G modem, called the Kirin 990 5G. However, there will also be a 4G version which, although sharing the same name, will have some differences. Which could have some impact on SoC performance.

In addition to the lack of 5G support, the Kirin 990 4G is also slower.

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Thus, the Kirin 990 4G will be based on a 2 + 2 + 4 cluster, with a Mali-G76 GPU just like its 5G brother. However, the frequencies will be slightly different. Now look:

5G Version:

  • 2-core Cortex-A76 at 2.86GHz
  • 2 cores Cortex-A76 at 2.36GHz
  • 4 Cortex-A55 cores at 1.95GHz
  • 16 cores Mali-G76 600MHz GPU

4G Version:

  • 2-core Cortex-A76 at 2.86GHz
  • 2 cores Cortex-A76 at 2.09GHz
  • 4 cores Cortex-A55 at 1.86GHz
  • 16 cores Mali-G76 600MHz GPU

Apparently, according to documentation provided by Huawei itself, the Kirin 990 5G will be produced with TSMC's new 7nm + process. While the Kirin 990 4G will use the old 7nm process.

In addition, the NPU in 4G version of the new Kirin has 1 Big Core + 1 Tiny Core. Which is quite different from the 5G version with 2 Big Core + 1 Tiny Core. So while the 5G version offers 1.88x more performance than the current SoC NPU that powers the P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, we have no idea what the 4G NPU will offer.


It doesn't make much sense that the 4G version of Huawei's new SoC is so much weaker than the 5G version. After all, 5G is still very much in its infancy! That's why most markets will bet more on the 4G version… Which, it seems, is far from the performance of the 5G version.

note: This may just be a mistake in the Huawei documentation, let's wait.

Besides, what do you think about all this? Share with us your opinion in the comments below.


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