Huawei shows off ‘most powerful’ chipset as forges ahead with 5G smartphone plan

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies showcased its chipset for a new high-end smartphone on Friday, pressing ahead with plans to launch its Mate 30 range, despite uncertainty about whether the new phones will be able to run Google’s Android operating system and apps.

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The Chinese tech giant bills the Kirin 990 chipset as the first all-in-one 5G system on a chip, describing it as superior to alternatives from Qualcomm (QCOM.O) and Samsung (005930.KS) that, it says, graft 5G modems on to 4G chips.

“It’s the world’s most powerful 5G system on a chip. It’s the world’s most powerful 5G modem,” Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, said in a speech in Berlin.

Huawei’s launch at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin of the Kirin 990, made using the latest 7 nanometer production process, is part of a carefully sequenced buildup to the Sept. 19 international launch of the Mate 30 in Munich.

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Yet, say Huawei sources, it is still not known whether the Mate 30 will be able to run services from Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) following the blacklisting of the Chinese company by the U.S. administration in May.

That ban sliced 5 percentage points off Huawei’s market share in Europe.

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