Huawei debuts new Kirin 970 chip with advanced AI processing


Huawei will launch the Mate 10 and its sister phone, the Mate 10 Pro, in Munich on October 16, Wu confirmed.

Wu believes 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, set to be unveiled on September 12, and Samsung's range of top-line phones announced this year. The research is paying off as Huawei has announced its first mobile AI chipset, the Kirin 970. Samsung fans, however, probably will hold on to a little doubt. As the name suggests, the Mate 10 Pro would to be a more powerful variant of the Mate 10, and is expected to have more RAM and internal storage space than the latter, along with some other spec-upgradations.

And since all this AI prowess needs actual applications, Huawei states it's opening up the Kirin 970 to developers to find practical uses. This year, the upgraded CPU was shown behind closed doors and promises several improvements, in addition to a new Neural Processing Unit, which will be used for AI-related tasks.

The company claimed that mobile devices powered by the Kirin 970 will be able to "truly know and understand their users", supporting real-time image recognition, voice interaction and intelligent photography easily.

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It's definitely an understatement to say that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a more-than capable camera. In a benchmark image recognition test, the Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market.

The mobile assistant, called Kirin 970, will systematically respond to three questions - "the most important combination", Yu said: Where is the user? Built on a 10nm process, the SoC contains some 5.5 billion transistors on a single square centimeter. "We will enable the first use of AI technology in mobile apps, and provide consumers with a never-before-seen AI experience right in the palm of their hands", he added.

"It can tell the difference between a cat or a flower when you're trying to take photos, and the ISPs will adjust accordingly", Yu said. The Kirin 970 is also expected to have a better battery life, as it is suppposedly "50 times" more efficent than a standard CPU.