Huawei could be working on a new processor called Pikiu
LetsGoDigital has unearthed an EUIPO trademark application that was made by Germany-based Maria Sorea on January 31. The application has been made for the name “Pikiu,” and it has been categorized under NICE 9 classification that includes smartphone and tablet chips. Using a bit of detective work, it has been reasoned that Pikiu could be Huawei’s next bespoke processor.
The report states that Maria Sorea was the same person who worked as an intermediary for Huawei by applying for a number of trademarks for the company’s upcoming foldable smartphone: Mate Flex, Mate Fold, Mate F, and Mate Flexi. So it could be possible that although it is widely believed the company’s foldable device will feature a Kirin 980 SoC, Huawei might be planning on releasing a new chip for the Flex/Fold with the Pikiu.
Another possibility that has been explored is that Pikiu could relate to a new modem chipset, which also comes under NICE 9 classification. However, Huawei has just announced the 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 500 though, so this lessens the chance of Pikiu being related to this aspect. At the moment, Pikiu’s purpose can only be speculated upon until the Chinese manufacturer offers some more concrete details about it.
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