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Huawei unveils mobile AI computing platform

06 September 2017

With respect to the camera capabilities of the smartphone, the device offers dedicated Neural Processing unit (NPU) which enables the device to process up to 2000 images per second, whereas the normal CPU can only process up to 72 images per second. Huawei has openly proclaimed that its newest chips will be more powerful than the upcoming iPhones which will release a month from now.

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.

Announced at IFA 2017, Huawei's next handset will include the company's Kirin 970 chipset, boasting baked-in AI that will lead to "truly personalised" experiences for users, the company claims.

Kirin 970, uses 10nm leading process technology and brings together classic computing, graphics, image and digital signal processing power, which typically required separate chips and took up more spaces. In addition to that the Kirin 970 features a dual ISP which will help improve the noise reduction.

Although Huawei is a famous smartphone business ranked third, behind Apple Samsung and in the world, it is lesser known as a maker of chips for its own phones, said Wall Street Journal.

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.

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The company knows AI on phones will be huge in 2017/18, so is betting big on the trend with this year's flagship chipset.

Huawei claimed the chipset delivers 25 times more performance and 50 times more efficiency than an ARM quad-core Cortex A73 CPU, which it said means it can deliver the same AI tasks quicker and at much less battery consumption. Do you think the Mate 10 or 10 Pro will be your next device?

The Mate 10 is scheduled to be launched on October 16 along with Mate 10 Pro in Germany.

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

Significantly, Huawei plans to use the Kirin chips to create a product that is the future and a product that is different from its competitors.

Huawei unveils mobile AI computing platform