With the Mate 40 flagships out of the gate, Huawei is moving its attention to the P-series - despite U.S. sanctions disrupting its supply line, the company is on track to launch the P50 phones in the first half of 2021.
According to The Elec, not only the HUAWEI P50 series will be launched in H1 2021, but will also feature the 5nm Kirin 9000 chipset.
Previously, Huawei reportedly urged that the Mate 40 could be its final Kirin-powered flagship telephone but when we go by the latest report, this isn't the case. Therefore, it is unsure if the company has the interest to bring the legacy of Kirin 9000 to the next flagship series.
In August this year Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, had reportedly said that the year 2020 could be the last for a Kirin chipset from the company. Huawei had claimed Kirin 9000 to be the world's first 5nm 5G Android processor.
We're not sure how many units the company has stockpiled and what will happen if demand exceeds supply. Or perhaps it severely cut down the production volume of the Mate 40 handsets.
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The Chinese company typically launches two flagship series every year and it's not unusual for it to use the same premium chipset for its Mate and P series phones. It then uses the same chipset in the following P series flagships in the first half of the next year. But 2020 has been anything but "usual". With the U.S. sanctions severely disrupting its supply line this year, the company was expected to make some changes in that schedule and prepare for a survival mode.