Huawei officially announces 10nm Kirin 970 chipset with dedicated AI co-processor and 12-core GPU, confirmed for Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Kirin 970 2.jpg

After weeks of teasing, Huawei have finally made their 10nm fabricated Kirin 970 chipset official. Featuring an octa-core processor (4 x 2.4GHz A73 cores + 4 x 1.8GHz A53 cores) that will be utilized in the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro set for a reveal on 16 October 2017.

Huawei Kirin 970.jpg

Here are some of the Kirin 970's features:

  • 12-core Mali G72MP12 graphics processing unit
  • dual ISP and 4-hybrid autofocus ~ includes phase detection and contrast autofocus and the ability to auto-select camera settings based on object and scene recognition along with enhanced noise reduction
  • Neural Processing Unit ~ open to developers, Huawei envisions it to provide accurate language understanding and translation, low power AR (augmented reality), realtime computer vision, dedicated task management and much more
  • 4.5G Cat18 LTE for download speeds of up to 1.2GBps

Huawei Kirin 970 3.jpg

What does it mean for the Huawei Mate 10 and other Kirin 970 powered devices?

A dedicated Mobile Artificial Intelligence or Mobile A.I. chip means that the CPU and GPU are not burdened by Mobile AI tasks like answering and responding to questions intelligently, recognising voice commands and languages and so forth. It also means a quicker response to your questions and requests as the CPU or GPU do not need to set aside resources to answer these requests, so you can watch movies or play games and just ask your AI assistant to do something without any lag in performance.

The 10nm fabrication process means that the Kirin 970 will also be more energy efficient while the 12-core Mali G72MP12 graphics processing unit will guarantee smoother and better resolution graphics. The dual ISP and intelligent auto-select for photo settings also means more intelligent photography taking, making it even easier for the normal layman to take better shots. Hopefully this also means a more powerful manual mode for the pro photogs but we're expecting more LEICA collaborated goodness to come with the Mate 10 cameras.

This is by no means the first time that Huawei have implemented machine learning (they did it in the Mate 9 and other subsequent devices) but this is still a sizeable leap towards a truly "smart" smartphone. We're looking forward to seeing the Kirin 970 in action come 16 October 2017 with the Huawei Mate 10 so stay tuned to for all your latest tech news.

Huawei Mate 10 Specs & Price >