Huawei debuts new Kirin 970 chip with advanced AI processing

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will be powered by Kirin 970

Huawei is positioning the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, opening up the chipset to developers and partners.

The Kirin 970 comes with an octa-core CPU featuring 4x Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Huawei says the new chip offers 25x more performance while being 50x more efficient, being able to process 2000 images a minute.

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.

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Huawei hasn't provided any details on the first Kirin 970-powered smartphones, so we have no ETA on a device powered by the AI-capable chipset, or price.

Huawei is one of the most ambitious companies in the smartphone industry and it even publicly stated that its goal is to surpass both Apple and Samsung in order to become the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

The Kirin 970 is a mighty slice of silicon built using an advanced 10-nanometer manufacturing process.

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The executive emphasized the platform's capabilities to deal with heavy data workloads on-device, instead of relying on machine learning models connected to the cloud like the rest of the competition.

Huawei has designed and manufactured its own mobile chips since 2009. "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. 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.

The company assures its newly announced Kirin 970 chip can preserve battery life on phones by up to 50 percent. (Credit: Philip Michaels/Tom's Guide) There will be two Huawei Mates, in fact, according to Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu - a Mate 10 and a Mate 10 Pro.

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