Huawei is known to launch multiple flagships in a year. These premium grade handsets are also updated annually. The Huawei P40 series has already been launched, and now the anticipation for the Mate 40 series has begun. Although the announcement is still a while away, a renowned analyst, Ming Chi-Kuo, has revealed that the device will feature the HiSilicon Kirin 1020 alongside a new FreeForm lens technology.
According to the international analyst, the Huawei Mate 40 will see the debut of the company’s proprietary chipset, the Kirin 1020. It has been codenamed as Baltimore and will be manufactured on a 5nm process, with improvements across the board regarding the CPU and GPU. Reportedly, the 5nm process will bring 15 percent high performance while reducing power consumption by 30 percent. It is said to be based on the Cortex A77 or even the A78 architecture.
Another interesting inclusion in the report from Ming Chi-Kuo is the FreeForm lens technology. The new camera technology can potentially reduce distortion in wide angle lenses. Distortion being the fisheye effect or the slight blurring on the edge of a captured image. According to the company behind this technology, “the freeform lenses are optimized only across a cellphone’s rectangular image field rather than the conventional circular image field.”
Furthermore, “the designs enable zero chromatic aberration and zero vignetting.” In other words, a clearer picture with the benefit of optimizations specifically for smartphones and their wide angle lens. Unfortunately, Huawei has yet to confirm any of the reports, but since its from a reliable source, there is a good possibility of the company adding these features.
For those unaware, after the US Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei back in 2019, the company was banned from trading or partnering with US based companies. This led to Huawei smartphones shipping without Google’s services. The move was a clear strategy by the US to pressure the company and by its extension, China.
However, in response to this, Huawei made its very own mobile services ecosystem, which Yu Chengdong said “is now very good and selling well. The P40 series are all equipped with HMS and are already being shipped. Due to the epidemic, some stores can’t open, but the second half will be better.” However, its viability outside of China is still under scrutiny.
In another attempt to hamper Huawei’s operations, the US is trying to limit the company’s chip making process through TSMC. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is the primary supplier of the company’s HiSilicon Kirin chipsets. So this could potentially deal a devastating blow to the Chinese tech giant.