Back in the last year, Honor unveiled the Honor V30 and V30 Pro featuring the Kirin 990. That was HiSilicon’s top chip of 2019. This year, things got more complicated as the company lost access to TSMC which forced the closure of the HiSillicon Kirin division. Apparently, the Huawei Mate 40 series is the last smartphone series featuring a Kirin chipset as the company had to ensure the whole supply of 5nm-based Kirin 9000 chips for it. The company produced a few million units of these chipsets and it can’t afford to risk it in more smartphones. It can’t produce more of these chipsets, and if it gets out of stock, Huawei will not be able to ship more Mate 40 handsets.
Huawei V40 to come with MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset
For the upcoming Honor V40, the most plausible route to follow seems to be MediaTek’s one. According to some reports, the new flagship will pick the Dimensity 1000+ which is a powerful chipset with flagship-grade performance. It also is more affordable than Qualcomm counterparts and brings 5G connectivity straight out of the box. Worth noting that MediaTek is already working on its first 6nm chipset, the MT6839, but it won’t be ready by the Honor V40 release.
Rumors state that Honor V40 will go official alongside its Pro sibling in Mid-December. Earlier rumors were pointing to the use of Kirin 9000, but those plans seem to have changed. Especially now, those rumors are pointing to the Kirin 9000 presence in the next year’s Huawei P50 series. Of course, everything is based on rumors right now. The Honor V40 lineup is expected to go official with HarmonyOS. For now, it remains to be seen if Honor devices will go the HarmonyOS route and EMUI will be left for upcoming Huawei devices.