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Huawei debunks rumors of the return of Kirin chips in 2023

Kirin chips: gone for good? (Source: Huawei)
Kirin chips: gone for good? (Source: Huawei)
Huawei's Kirin line of processors were once a main rival for Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile SoC series, particularly at the higher end. However, they have been sanctioned out of existence by the US government. There have been rumors of their return in 2023; however, the OEM has reportedly dismissed them as fake news.

Huawei's mobile device business was dealt a killer blow by the OEM's blacklisting on the part of the US administration, particularly as it was incapable of equipping its smartphones with the Kirin line of SoCs. The silicon may have been developed in-house, but still depended on technology from US and international companies that complied with the sanctions barring them from working with Huawei.

These circumstances did not prevent alleged leaks pointing to the taping-out of new Kirin processors, destined for release in 2023. They might have augmented the last of Huawei's supplies, which may be down to underpowered variants such as the 710A at this point.

However, the Weibo account All-Weather Technology News now claims that Huawei has responded to its questions about these rumors, calling them "false news" and denying the production of any new Kirin chips.

It may be just as well, as the P50 and Mate 50 series have set a precedent of transitioning to Qualcomm Snapdragon 8-series chipsets, and in-house alternatives might be mistaken for a new CATL battery at this stage anyway.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-11- 7 (Update: 2022-11- 7)