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Teardown Of The New Huawei Phone Reveals China's Chip Innovation Success


Teardown Of The New Huawei Phone Reveals China's Chip Innovation Success
According to a teardown report by research company TechInsights, Huawei Technologies and China's top chipmaker SMIC have developed an advanced 7-nanometer processor to power its most recent smartphone.
According to TechInsights' report published with Reuters on Monday, Huawei's Mate 60 Pro is powered by a brand-new Kirin 9000s chip produced in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC).
Last week, Huawei's Mate 60 Pro phone went on sale. The given specifications made a big deal about the device's ability to make satellite calls but gave no details on how powerful the chipset inside was.
According to the research group, the processor is the first to use SMIC's most cutting-edge 7nm technology and implies the Chinese government is making progress in its efforts to create a domestic chip ecosystem.
Bloomberg News was the first to report on the firm's results.
Reuters contacted Huawei and SMIC for comment, but neither company responded right away.
Chinese buyers of the phone have started publishing speed tests and teardown videos on social media, claiming the Mate 60 Pro is capable of download rates faster than the best 5G phones.
The unveiling of the phone sparked a frenzy among Chinese social media users and state media, with some noting that it occurred at the same time as Gina Raimondo's visit to China.
As of 2019, the U.S. has restricted Huawei's access to chipmaking equipment necessary for creating the most cutting-edge handset models, limiting the company's ability to deploy small batches of 5G models using chips that have already been manufactured.
Research organisations, however, told Reuters in July that they thought Huawei was intending to make a comeback in the 5G smartphone market by the end of the year, utilising both SMIC chip production and its own advancements in semiconductor design tools.
The development, according to TechInsights analyst Dan Hutcheson, is a "slap in the face" to the United States.
"Raimondo comes seeking to cool things down, and this chip is [saying] 'look what we can do, we don't need you,'" he said.