Huawei will sell the Honor division and this is more than just a legal shuffle – it will affect the end product too. Leakster Digital Chat Station writes that the Honor V40 series will not use the Kirin 9000.
The Honor V30 and V30 Pro used the Kirin 990 chipset, HiSilicon’s top chip of 2019 (well, ‘chips’, really, as the Pro used the slightly more advanced 990 5G chip). If all was well, the V40s would have used HiSilicon’s 2020 flagship chipset.
However, the company has trouble sourcing those chips as the US/China trade war has blocked TSMC from fabbing chips for Huawei. It did produce a few million units, but those are probably all reserved for Huawei’s Mate 40 flagships. So, long story short, Honor couldn’t use the Kirin 9000 even if it wanted to.
The Honor V40 series will have a similar camera design to the nova8
What will the V40 series use instead? Some suggest that Honor will go for MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000+ chipset. MediaTek is working on its first 6nm chipset, the MT6893, but that may not arrive in time.
The Honor V40 is expected to go live in mid-December. Earlier rumors claimed that some models will indeed use the Kirin 9000, but those plans seem to have changed. The V40 line was also supposed to launch with HarmonyOS, we wonder if there will be a software split between Huawei and Honor, not just a hardware one.
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