Huawei has confirmed that the company will release Mate 40 smartphones later this year. The phones will still use Kirin-socs, according to the Chinese company. These will probably be the last smartphones with these Kirin chips, due to US sanctions.
Huawei confirms the arrival of the Mate 40 series at a conference in China, the Chinese IT Home reports. Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong stated that the Mate 40 smartphones will be available in September and will receive a Kirin 9000-soc, with support for 5g. Such chips are designed by Huawei itself and produced by TSMC. However, on September 15, TSMC will stop supplying chips to the Chinese smartphone manufacturer and its subsidiary HiSilicon, due to US sanctions. Chengdong therefore reports that the Kirin chips will ‘become sold out’ after this date, after which they will no longer be produced. The Mate 40 is therefore presumably Huawei’s last smartphone with a Kirin-soc. It is not yet clear which chips the company will use in the future.
Earlier this week, renders of the alleged Mate 40 smartphone already appeared. These were published by HandsetExpert, in collaboration with OnLeaks. This Twitter user renders unannounced smartphones based on cad files. The device would have a 6.4 “screen with curved screen edges. The device would be 158.6mm high, with a width of 72.5mm and a thickness of 8.9mm, excluding the round camera island with four sensors.
Huawei will also come up with a smartwatch based on Harmony OS this year. That is Huawei’s own open source operating system. In time, other future Huawei products, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, must also be supplied with Harmony OS. In the future, the operating system must become a ‘global OS’.
Renders of the alleged Huawei Mate 40. Images via HandsetExpert and OnLeaks