Yesterday, we were invited to attend a briefing of the latest Huawei mobile chipset, the Kirin 970. A step up from their previous chipset, the Kirin 960 – seen on the latest Huawei and honor phones released in the recent years. The 970 comes with a new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process and is the world’s first chipset to feature a built-in AI from the get-go.

With the implementation of AI into the chipset, Huawei is saying that the AI will improve on camera features such as image recognition and sorting to optimising your phones performance. The 970 comes with an integrated 12-core GPU, Cat 18 Support for improved LTE capabilities, better power management with the 10nm structure and an embedded neural processing unit (NPU). In a test performed on the day, the Kirin 970 manages to outperform a Samsung S8 running an image recognition app, and clocked an average of 32 fps when recognising images, finishes about a minute quicker than the S8. However, Eric Zhou, the Product Marketing Director for Huawei Wireless Terminal has mentioned that the image recognition app currently only works in very few select apps.

The Kirin 970 is capable of recognising 2,005 images in a minute, that’s twice as fast and more compared to the iPhone 8 Plus

The Kirin 970 is capable of recognising 2,005 images in a minute, that’s twice as fast and more compared to the iPhone 8 Plus

Eric Zhou, Product Marketing Director for Huawei Wireless Terminal posing with a Kirin 970

Eric Zhou, Product Marketing Director for Huawei Wireless Terminal posing with a Kirin 970

Eric Zhou also mentioned with Cat 18 Support, we are now able to enjoy increased data transmission speed of up to 1.2 Gbps with 4×4 MIMO + 256QAM + DL 3CC. With that said, with this implementation of AI into your mobile chips to further streamline our life and to add extra convenience, we can’t wait to see what it actually offers in a real-life situation. Currently, the Huawei Mate 10 is pegged to have the latest Kirin 970 chipset, so all we have to do is wait for a proper announcement.

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Running the image recognition app

Running the image recognition app

The Kirin 970 running a calorie counter app

The Kirin 970 running a calorie counter app