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

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

Huawei is committed to turning smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. Ultimately, mobile AI is the next iteration of performance and efficiency.

But Yu really wasn't at IFA to drop details about the Mate 10. Huawei's vision of the future involves the deep integration of AI in every smartphone, and not only on a software level. The first smartphones to feature the new Kirin 970 processor will be the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.

After years of development, Cloud AI has seen broad application, but user experience still has room for improvement, including latency, stability, and privacy. To prove that point, Yu showed a pair of motion shots - one captured by a Kirin 970-powered device, the other by Samsung's Galaxy S8 - and the Kirin photo looked much sharper than the S8 image. On-Device AI offers strong sensing capabilities, which are the foundation of understanding and assisting people. Built on a 10nm process, the SoC contains some 5.5 billion transistors on a single square centimeter.

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The new chipset features an octa-core CPU with 4x2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4x1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and a 12-core Mali-G72MP12 GPU. There's also a dedicated Neural Processing Unit, or NPU, right on the chip, so that AI tasks can be performed right on your phone instead of relaying them to the cloud first.

The world's third-largest smartphone maker is hoping that the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset will lure more buyers to what it calls its most powerful handset yet, the Mate 10, slated for launch in October. Compared to a phone with a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU, the Kirin 970 will be able to deliver 25x the performance while consuming less power, Yu said. As per them, the latest processor can process the image faster than before which will result in blur free pictures; the 970 processor supports Dual-Camera compatibility as expected because earlier leaks have revealed that Mate 10-Series will come with a Dual-Camera setup. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China.

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