Huawei has announced Kirin 970 – the next generation chipset for smartphone. It comes with neural processing unit (or NPU) bringing on-device AI capabilities.

The new chipset features an octa-core CPU with 4×2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and a 12-core Mali-G72MP12 GPU, built on a 10nm process. The SoC contains some 5.5 billion transistors on a single square centimeter.
Huawei says its ‘new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency’ than your typical quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster helping it outperform other chips on the market in AI tasks.
A new dual ISP promises better noise reduction in low light and improved photos through automatic tailoring of image parameters to the particular object and scene. 4-Hybrid is Huawei’s moniker for its new autofocus system and includes phase and contrast detection (what are the other 2 though?).
Additionally, the chipset boasts support for 4.5G Cat.18 LTE for download speeds up to 1.2Gbps (the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 ‘only’ support Gigabit LTE).
The Kirin 970 is set to debut on the Huawei Mate 10, due to be announced on October 16.
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