The Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset.

In a post on Weibo (via GSM Arena), the head of Huawei’s smartphone division revealed that the upcoming Huawei Nova 5 will come with a brand new chipset. This unnamed chipset will be a 7nm node, just like the company’s current flagship processor, the Kirin 980.

If this pans out, Huawei would be the first company with two 7nm chipsets in its portfolio. Qualcomm only has the Snapdragon 855 and Samsung’s Exynos 9820 is an 8nm node.

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He Gang, who revealed the Huawei Nova 5 chipset news, declined to say what the chipset will be called. However, speculation abounds that it will be the Kirin 810. If true, it would replace the Kirin 710 which is used in many of Huawei’s mid-range smartphones.

We also have heard plenty of rumors that Huawei could launch the Kirin 985 very soon, possibly with the Huawei Mate 30 series. This would be a slightly upgraded version of the 980, which means it would very likely also be a 7nm node.

Chipsets with 7nm builds are faster than chipsets with larger transistors — such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which has a 10nm process. In general, the smaller the transistors the more you can fit on a chip and the faster the processor can transmit information.

While not much else is known about this upcoming chipset from Huawei, it’s very likely it will make using the Huawei Nova 5 a very snappy experience. Huawei will launch the Nova 5 on June 21.

NEXT: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9820

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