Huawei just beat Apple and Samsung to the punch in the 7nm smartphone processsor race by unveiling its new phones days ahead of competitors

Apple, Samsung and Huawei’s newest phones will all feature chips with 7nm processors, which are faster and more efficient than current 10nm ones.

With nodes just 7 nanometres (nm) wide, the world’s newest generation of smartphone chips will help phones run faster, save more power, and have a higher resolution screen and camera, compared to the 10nm processors available right now.

They are costly and difficult to produce, which is why industry experts predicted last year that Apple and Samsung were likely to be the only two manufacturers in the world to launch 7 nm chips in their newest phones this year.

But an unexpected contender has caught up: Huawei, the Chinese phone manufacturer that recently unseated Apple from its position as the world’s second biggest phone manufacturer.

Business Insider understands that Huawei started developing its 7nm chipsets as early as 2015, in partnership with TSM Corporation, a manufacturer of precision machine components.

While Apple’s 2018 iPhones – expected to contain 7nm chips – will be launched around September, Huawei chief executive Richard Yu recently confirmed that the company’s new Mate 20 series phones, also boasting 7nm technology, will hit the market in October.

Huawei will unveil its 7nm technology at IFA, an electronics trade show taking place in Berlin from Aug 31 till Sept 5.

Competitor Samsung’s 7nm chip is expected to feature in its S10 series, which will likely be made available next year. The company is also said to be researching 3nm chips, with a targeted production date of 2021.