A top Huawei executive has revealed that the Chinese tech giant intends to make use of features powered by artificial intelligence such as image recognition in a new flagship smartphone that is expected to be unveiled next month. On Saturday the chief executive officer of the consumer business of Huawei, Richard Yu, showed off a new smartphone chip that the tech firm will use on the upcoming Mate 10 as well as other premium smartphones with a view to delivering lower power consumption and faster processing.
Yu also confirmed that Huawei’s mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 are slated to be launched on October 16 in Munich, Germany. Though Yu didn’t provide details of the new features of Huawei’s flagship phones, the mobile devices are expected to have a full screen display measuring at least six inches.
According to Yu, with the artificial intelligence features built into the chips, smartphones will become more personalized and will be able to anticipate the interests and actions of their users. With artificial intelligence it will be possible to have language translation in real time, voice commands and augmented reality.
The low power requirements and speed of the Kirin 970 chip will also assist in making other features possible and give Huawei’s smartphones an edge against its competitors including the iPhone 8 which is set for launch on September 12 and the high-end smartphones that Samsung has released so far this year. Currently Huawei ranks third among the largest smartphone makers in the world trailing Apple and Samsung.
“Compared with Samsung and Apple, we have advantages. Users are in for much faster (feature) performance, longer battery life and more compact design,” said Yu in an interview conducted in the course of the yearly IFA consumer electronics show currently being held in Berlin, Germany.
Lower power consumption
According to Huawei the new Kirin chip will be able to conserve battery life by close to 50%. The Chinese tech firm has also described the new Kirin 970 chip as the pioneering Neural Processing Unit in the world for smartphones. This is because digital signal, image and graphics processing as well as classic computing have been brought together when previously separate chips were required leading to need for more space. It also led to slower interactions amongst a smartphone’s features. Huawei thus intends to use the new chips to set its smartphones apart from other manufacturers who rely on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips.