Huawei unveils Kirin 970 chipset with artificial intelligence capabilities

The Kirin 970, which will power forthcoming handsets, features an eight-core CPU and a 12-core GPU. Or put another way, Huawei says its Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks as the competition, but faster and with far less power. Since earlier all these aspects required separate chips which used to take more space and ultimately slowing the functionality in the phone.

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.

AI-based features such as real-time translation, AR and voice commands could help create a better smartphone experience.

In January at the CES trade conference Huawei announced its 8-core Mate 9 flagship smartphone would be the first mobile device to have Amazon's Alexa installed on it, marking another milestone in virtual assistant's move beyond the Amazon Echo speaker.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has telegraphed the company's intentions to invest in artificial intelligence in his keynote address at this year's IFA Conference in Berlin.

Yu added that the speed and low power requirement of the Kirin 970 will give its smartphones an edge over the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy Note 8.

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

Huawei has announced that its next smartphone, the Mate 10, will come with its own Kirin 970 chipset with AI processing capabilities.

To be honest we're not even a little bit sad that Huawei went this route because (and I can't believe I'm typing this) this chipset sounds incredible. The company's new flagship chip, the Kirin 970, will include a dedicated AI processor, and offload some of the work to the cloud.

The 'Kirin 970's new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency, the company claimed. The chipset is designed by Huawei's HiSilicon chip design business.

The Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro will be launched in Munich this October 16. It is built on 10nm TSMC process technology, similar to the Snapdragon 835.

In February, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launched its own smartphone chips for its budget phone Mi 5C, becoming the fourth smartphone brand in the world after Apple, Samsung and Huawei that have the ability to design and make mobile chips for commercial use.

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