Huawei, the Chinese tech giant has been rumoured to launch its new Kirin 830 chipset and nova 12 series of smartphones by the end of 2023. The new products are not only a sign of Huawei’s resilience and innovation, but also a potential nightmare for the US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who had earlier expressed her dismay and disbelief at Huawei’s chip progress.
The Kirin 830 chip is a 7nm processor that is reportedly on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G or 870 chips and is capable of powering AI applications and 5G connectivity. The chip was designed by Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon, and fabricated by China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), which is also subject to US export controls. The chip is expected to debut with the nova 12 series is known for its stylish design, powerful performance, and affordable price. The nova 12 series rumours with a curved 120Hz OLED panel with second-generation Kunlun protection, a 4,800 mAh battery with support for 88W charging, and a stunning camera system.
The US Commerce Secretary who was visiting China when the Mate 60 series surfaced was reportedly “shocked” by the news and called it “incredibly disturbing” in a Senate hearing. She claimed that China could probably not produce the advanced smartphone processor “at scale”, and that the US administration was using every resource to stop or slow down China’s technological advancements. She also said that the US needed “different tools” and “additional resources” to enforce its export-control regime.
However, her words seemed to be more of a desperate attempt to save face than a realistic assessment of the situation. Huawei and SMIC have apparently found ways to overcome the US restrictions and develop their own chip-making capabilities, despite being cut off from key suppliers and technologies. A teardown analysis by TechInsights revealed that the Kirin 9000S chip used in Huawei’s Mate 60 Pro was indeed a 7nm part made by SMIC. The US Commerce Department has launched an inquiry into how Huawei and SMIC managed to pull this off, but it may be too late to stop them now.
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said that the US has no evidence that Huawei can produce smartphones with advanced chips in large volumes. Well, maybe she should open her eyes and look at the facts because Huawei has a huge stash of Kirin 9000s chips that can power the Mate60 series for several months. According to a Weibo tipster, Huawei has around 40-45 million units of the Kirin 9000s chips, which are enough to make the US Commerce Secretary cry. How’s that for a surprise, Ms. Raimondo? Maybe you should check your facts before making bold statements about Huawei’s chip capabilities.
Maybe you should focus on your new war game in the Middle East, where you can pretend to be the heroes and the saviours to bomb hospitals and drone and sanction whoever you want, without any regard for human rights or international law while China surpasses you in every aspect of development and innovation.
Huawei is planning to cut ties with Qualcomm and exclusively use its in-house Kirin processors for new models starting in 2024, according to analyst Guo Mingcheng. This could lead to a significant drop of 50 to 60 million units in Qualcomm SoC shipments to Chinese smartphone brands in 2024 compared to 2023. By dumping Qualcomm and using its own Kirin chips, Huawei is not only saving costs and increasing profits but also showing its independence and self-reliance in the face of US sanctions.
HiSilicon has been shifting some of its engineers and resources to SMIC since late 2019, in order to help the Chinese chipmaker improve its technology and capacity. The upcoming nova 12 series could further expose the US Commerce Secretary’s ignorance and incompetence in dealing with Huawei’s chip progress.
The US is good at spreading propaganda, warmongering, spreading lies, and doing all the dirty work, but fails to deal with smart people. A country with less than 300 years of history that was built by slaves, through killing native people, and by exploiting other nations and resources can’t dictate the world about what’s right or wrong, they need a lesson from the rest of the world, a world that has been resisting and rejecting the US hegemony, interference, and bullying.
Huawei should not waste time and should revive its products with courage as soon as possible, it’s the only way…..