Everything we know about Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip

A preview of what Huawei’s new AI chip will be bringing to the Huawei Mate 10

The brains behind the new Huawei Mate 10 was announced to much fanfare back in IFA 2017.

So its no surprise that we jumped at the chance to learn more about the new AI chip that will be powering the company’s latest flagship, soon to make its appearance to the world 16 October.

Your smartphone’s new brain

It’s an all-in-one chip - think CPU, GPU, modem, video codec, audio, connectivity and more into one. And there’s a new NPU (neural processing unit) that powers the newfangled AI, translating to less stress on the phone’s CPU and GPU.

What does all this jargon mean? Better performance and better battery life for Kirin 970 phones (we’re looking at you Huawei Mate 10).

Better smartphone photography

Missed shots, blurred photos and images that turn out not clear. These are just some of the daily problems we face when shooting photographs on our smartphone that the AI on Kirin 970 aims to fix.

Smartphones fitted with the Kirin 970 will be able to shoot subjects clear even in slight motion, as well as increase the brightness of your friend’s face (through skin colour optimisation).

Also in the new flagship Huawei, faster autofocusing and reducing overexposed parts of an image under bright light. That’s an interesting preposition for image processing. 

Image recognition (and a calorie estimater?)

Check out the Kirin 970 put to the test against its competitors, running an image recognition app to test the AI capability of each phone in recognising images (if its a person, pet, fruit etc)



We were also shown a demo of the phone detecting different kinds of fruit and the amount of calories based on its estimated weight from the camera lens - a new feature on the Huawei Mate 10 perhaps.