With Kirin Chipsets, Huawei To Depend Less on Qualcomm SoCs


With the growing rate of Huawei in the market, the Chinese tech giant aims to be more independent than ever. One of the key areas the company wants to achieve this is in the hardware region, specifically the chipset powering its smartphones. Huawei plans to use more of the Kirin chipsets in the coming months rather than the Qualcomm and MediaTek SoCs, according to its hardware suppliers.

For the uninitiated, HiSilicon Kirin chipsets are the in-house chipsets produced by Huawei itself. Most of the OEM’s flagship smartphones sport the Kirin chipsets, HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC being chief of them. But the mid-range and entry-level lineups use more of the Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets. To reduce this margin, Huawei will concentrate its energy on using more of Kirin chipsets in the remaining quarters of 2019.

Comparing the company’s reliance on outsourced chipsets from the second half of last year to this moment, there’s been significant progress. Huawei used its Kirin chipsets in 40% of its smartphones in the second half of 2018.

In the first half of 2019, that ratio increased by 5%. However, for the next half of this year, Huawei hopes to use Kirin SoCs in 60% of its entire phone production. That’ll mean over 160 million mobile phones out of the 270 million target shipments will be powered by its in-house chipsets. This way, there’ll be little dependence on Qualcomm and MediaTek, the top two dominant players in the chipset market.

The Kirin 810 chipset that was launched recently is expected to be seen more in the budget-centric mid-range smartphones going forward. This SoC is the first 7nm chip designed for mid-range smartphones. Needless to say, the chipset carries much potential in the mobile phone world.

Well, it’s only a matter of time before all handsets from the brand and its subsidiaries run strictly on Kirin chipsets. We’ll see as things pan out with time. Keep on visiting Naijaknowhow to get updated.

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