Although the matrix of Kirin chips is becoming richer and products are becoming more competitive, Huawei’s handsets, which ship more than 200 million units a year, still need external processing processors, basebands and other support product lines to run healthily, but are currently mainly in the low-end category. Huawei plans to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm chipsets, and Bothnow is vying for orders, including SoC and 5G basebands, according to sources quoted by the media.
On the SoC side, Samsung has an integrated 5G SoC Exynos 980, while the baseband has the Exynos 5100 and Exynos 5123, which can be used with Exynos 9820/9825, and the exynos 990. Strictly speaking, however, these chips are not low-positioned, and if the offer is not attractive enough, it may not be cost-effective for China.
On mediatek, there are also 5G basebands and SoCs, which only support the Sub 6GHz band and have not yet covered millimeter waves.
As for Huawei’s own Heath, 5G baseband products include the Balong 5G01 and Balong 5000, while the 5G SoC has introduced the Kirin 990 5G and Kirin 820.