Huawei’s upcoming premium device Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are scheduled to launch on October 16 in Munich, and will be powered by new Kirin 970 SoC, the company announced at IFA 2017.
The latest 970 chipset combines the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing. The company aims to bring AI experiences to life and to change the way we interact with our devices.
The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to our devices and take them beyond the competition.
Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a new generation 12-core GPU. Built using a 10nm advanced process, the chipset packs 5.5 billion transistors into an area of only one cm². The new flagship Kirin 970 is Huawei’s first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Compared to a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster, the Kirin 970's new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency. Simply put, the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power. In a benchmark image recognition test, the Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market.
Huawei is positioning the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, opening up the chipset to developers and partners who can find new and innovative uses for its processing capabilities.
Last year, Huawei introduced Kirin 960 in the Mate 9 which delivered strong performance and held up nicely against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 found in other flagships.