Huawei Intros Kirin 990 5G Chip, “New” P30 Pro, and More at IFA 2019 Opening Keynote
For someone who’s known to go off-script and make some fiery remarks about competitors and foreign governments, Huawei CEO Richard Yu was notably subdued in his Opening Keynote here at IFA 2019 in Berlin. At a time when the company is facing extreme challenges by the U.S. government—companies in the States have been banned for doing work with or providing components or software access to Huawei—the timing was ripe for Yu to take a few swipes at its challengers.
Instead, Yu stayed on point, and delivered an otherwise calm, but characteristically boastful keynote presentation that included several new product introductions.
Highlighting the event was Huawei’s new Kirin 990 5G chipset. Most impressive here is the fact that Huawei has managed to build a 5G modem directly into the Kirin 990 chip, which is a space-saving move that will allow the company to dedicate more internal space to battery life and other advancements in future flagship phones. By comparison, other flagship and 5G devices typically feature a processor alongside a separate modem.