Huawei expanding Kirin chipset division to reduce reliance on Qualcomm

Huawei is expanding its chip division to rely less on Qualcomm SoCs for future smartphones

As most of you know, Huawei has a chip division called HiSilicon which it uses to feature its own silicon inside smartphones. Examples of impressively designed smartphones that take advantage of Huawei’s hardware are the Honor 7X and Honor View 10, and as most of you have guessed, they are priced very competitively.

However, it did take a while for Huawei to get to where it is at this point. Making in-house chips is a very expensive venture to get into but if you start small and then go big, it is certainly possible. Companies like Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi are all stellar examples of entities that make their own chips, so that they can rely less on companies on Qualcomm, and that is the exact same thing that Huawei is doing.

Huawei says that two-thirds of its smartphones shipping this year will feature Kirin chipsets

Huawei is expanding its HiSilicon chip facilities so that it is able to make better in-house chips for high-end and affordable devices. Thanks to the latest move, the company believes that Qualcomm is its biggest rival in the semiconductor industry.

Previously, Huawei used to rely on Qualcomm for its chipsets, but as the HiSilicon expansion game continues, that reliability score will be reduced even less. This will mean a loss of business for Qualcomm, but it can also mean that the Kirin 970 might be getting a successor down the road.

Keep in mind that the Snapdragon 855 has been leaked several times and just yesterday, we reported about the Exynos 9820 apparently being developed for Samsung’s upcoming flagship. This could mean that a chipset that performs better than the Kirin 970 might be on the road for an imminent announcement.

Huawei to release Kirin 670 chipset soon?

Huawei could also start this chain with the official announcement of the Kirin 670, which is going to be more powerful than the remaining members of the Kirin 600 series and also come with its very own NPU like the Kirin 970. This could give more affordable devices additional capabilities while also making them much easier for the public to purchase thanks to smaller prices.

The road for Qualcomm is looking very tough but it is not like the company is sitting around waiting for a miracle to happen. It too has grand plans for the future.