Kirin 985 seems to have successfully passed the test phase and is now ready to start mass production, thus respecting the roadmap hypothesized in previous rumors.
The SoC should represent a slight evolution of the current Kirin 980 which debuted on the Mate 20 range and the main innovations should concern the adoption of TSMC’s 7nm + EUV production process and the use of ASE’s FC-PoP technology for packaging .
The news of the completion of the tests comes through the Chinese source MyDrivers, which points out that the SoC should be equipped on the next Mate 30. Also in this round it will not be a native 5G chip, since the standard configuration seems to predict the use of a 4G modem, while next-generation connectivity will be possible thanks to the optional Balong 5000 modem.
This should change with the next generation, when HiSilicon could by default integrate a 5G modem that can also cover the millimeter wave spectrum, directly within its next SoCs, according to the source. Qualcomm and Huawei have an undisputed advantage in the 5G field and the only other producer ready to take the field could be MediaTek. It is expected that its first proposal – compatible only with 5G frequencies below 6GHz – can be presented already at the end of 2019.