It features improved performance over the last-gen chipset that featured in devices like the P30 Pro and Mate 20, as well as improved efficiency that should improve battery life when undertaking intensive tasks.
Huawei claims that single-core performance on this chip is 10% higher than the Kirin 980, while the multi-core performance is 9% higher than the last-gen chipset.
- The iPhone 11 is sure to have a new chipset of its own
- The OnePlus 7T could land soon
- As could the Google Pixel 4
It features a 16-core Mali G76 GPU that Huawei claims performs better than its main competitors.
The big upgrade here is that Huawei will be including 5G within the chipset itself, which is something competitors haven't been able to do yet. That allows Huawei to make a smaller chipset that takes up less space in a device.
Like the Kirin 980, this is also a 7nm chip, which means it's one of the smallest chipsets around, allowing for more space inside your device for battery and other features.
5G and more
There's also a 4G variant of the chipset, so not all future Huawei devices will be 5G compatible, but we'd expect the 5G version in many upcoming flagship devices.
Huawei has yet to confirm what devices the Kirin 990 will be included in, but we expect to hear more on that in the coming months.
One thing Huawei has confirmed is that it's announcing a new handset on September 18, and it's very likely to be the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. TechRadar will be at the launch to give you the details as soon as we learn them.