Huawei integrates AI in its latest mobile processor

Huawei's Kirin 970 is official: high-power, AI-enabled mobile SoC

The new Kirin 970 chip's speed and low power can translate into features that will give its phones an edge over the Apple iPhone 8 series and Samsung's range of top-line phones.

It is noted that Kirin 970 - the world's first chipset with neural processor NPU (Neural Processing Unit).

It's worth noting that for all Huawei's talk about AI, the actual improvements to a smartphone are now theoretical, and will live or die by how immediately obvious the changes are to consumers. However, now the manufacturer has taken it to Twitter to announce the launch date of their next flagship Huawei Mate 10 which is October 16.

Huawei says that as numerous existing systems rely on artificial intelligence based in the cloud - so not housed on a smartphone itself - small pieces of time can be lost as data is sent up to the cloud, processed and then sent back down again. Mark Li, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein thinks that the Kirin 970 may be better than the upcoming iPhone chips.

The chipset was able to process 2,000 images per minute during a benchmark image recognition test, which Huawei said is faster than other comparable chips on the market. It packs a whopping 5.5 billion transistors into a area measuring just a single centimeter squared (1 cm).

Huawei Consumer Business Group has introduced its first mobile AI computing platform dubbed "Kirin 970" at IFA 2017. Huawei is also making use of a new "4-Hybrid autofocus" architecture that includes contrast and phase detection autofocus.

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It seems like Huawei is not that far away from surpassing Samsung and Apple after all, at least in terms of hardware specs.

Huawei has announced its next-generation chipset for smartphones, the Kirin 970.

The company also confirmed that the upcoming smartphone Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be powered by the same SoC.

As smartphones and other electronic devices make greater use of AI, the digital assistants are likely to become more intuitive and play a bigger role in people's lives, observers say.

The chipset has been developed in conjunction with Huawei's subsidiary HiSilicon, and is built on a 10nm process, which enables it to deliver up to 20 percent better performance over the 960.

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