Chi­nese net­work­ing gi­ant Huawei has re­cently un­veiled its first ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) chip for mo­bile de­vices, the Kirin 970 call­ing it the “fu­ture of smart­phones”.

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Huawei In­tro­duces a New Era in Smart­phone In­no­va­tion

“As we look to the fu­ture of smart­phones, we’re at the thresh­old of an ex­cit­ing new era,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Con­sumer Busi­ness Group.

“Mo­bile AI = On-de­vice AI + Cloud AI. Huawei is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing smart de­vices into in­tel­li­gent de­vices by build­ing end-to-end ca­pa­bil­i­ties that sup­port co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of chips, de­vices, and the cloud.

By com­bin­ing the power of the cloud with the speed and re­spon­sive­ness of na­tive AI pro­cess­ing, Huawei is bring­ing AI ex­pe­ri­ences to life and chang­ing the way we in­ter­act with our de­vices.

“The ul­ti­mate goal is to pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter user ex­pe­ri­ence. The Kirin 970 is the first in a se­ries of new ad­vances that will bring pow­er­ful AI fea­tures to our de­vices and take them be­yond the com­pe­ti­tion,” as­serted Richard Yu.

In essence, the Kirin 970 is an im­proved ver­sion of the Kirin 960, which pow­ers the cur­rent Huawei flag­ships, the Mate 9 and P10 and its tech­ni­cal data is quite im­pres­sive. Huawei’s Mate 10 se­ries, which will be un­veiled mid-oc­to­ber, will in­tro­duce the Kirin 970 pro­ces­sor.

The Kirin 970 chipset with built-in AI is the size of a thumb­nail and is pow­ered by an 8-core CPU and a 12-core GPU, which Huawei said de­liv­ers 25x greater per­for­mance and 50x greater ef­fi­ciency com­pared to a quad-core Cor­tex-a73 CPU clus­ter. Sim­ply put, the Kirin 970 can per­form the same AI com­put­ing tasks faster and with far less power. In a bench­mark im­age recog­ni­tion test, the Kirin 970 pro­cessed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the mar­ket.

In­ter­net giants have been in­vest­ing heav­ily in cre­at­ing soft­ware to help ma­chines think more like peo­ple, ide­ally act­ing as vir­tual as­sis­tants.

Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence built into new chips can help make phones more per­son­al­ized, or an­tic­i­pate the ac­tions and in­ter­ests of their users. Such ca­pac­i­ties form a more cog­ni­tive de­vice of user needs, mak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence more per­son­al­ized and ac­ces­si­ble through un­der­stand­ing as well as as­sist­ing peo­ple.

More­over, Huawei is hop­ing to po­si­tion the Kirin 970 as an “open plat­form for mo­bile AI”, mean­ing it is open­ing up the chipset to de­vel­op­ers and part­ners, al­low­ing them to find new and in­no­va­tive uses for the AI pro­cess­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Be­ing the first to give us a glimpse of the fu­ture, Huawei’s vi­sion will def­i­nitely break bar­ri­ers with its ad­vanced AI mo­bile chip es­pe­cially in its new Mate 10 Se­ries, which will be launched this Oc­to­ber. And this is def­i­nitely some­thing to keep an eye on.

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