Huawei to unveil new smartphone with AI-powered chipset 'Kirin 970'

Huawei Kirin 970

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

In addition, the Kirin 970 has 4.5G Cat.18 LTE and offers Gigabit LTE speeds of 1.2Gbps.

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies unveiled its first artificial intelligent smartphone chipset on Saturday as it gears up to compete against the much anticipated launch of a new class of iPhones.

The latest Kirin 970 chipset is powered by an octa-core CPU (four ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores), 12-core ARM Mali-G72 graphics unit. But unlike its competitors' virtual assistants, which collect and gather information in the internet cloud, the prowess of Huawei's AI assistant lies in processing data on the smartphone, rather than in the cloud.

Huawei said it is positioning the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, opening up the chipset to developers and partners that it hopes can find new and innovative uses for its neural processing capabilities. The Kirin 970 has even an i7 sensor processor, iNSE and TEE security engines and support for Hi-Fi audio. Since the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 will be equipped with the Kirin 970 SoC, it is expected to feature powerful cameras. The Huawei Mate 10 will be revealed in Munich next October 16, and it will usher in a new generation of smartphones that combine cloud and internal AI features. "The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience", said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group in a statement.

According to the announcement made by the company, many other future Huawei-branded devices will also sport the same chipset. "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. Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing personalized and readily accessible services.

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