After plenty of rumors and an unofficial reveal, Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC finally made its official debut at IFA 2017. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, not only gave those in attendance a look at it latest processor, but also a glimpse of its plans for the future in regards to artificial intelligence.
According to Yu:
“As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Huawei is committed to turning smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. 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.”
As for the Kirin 970, the 10nm chip packs an 8-core CPU with a 12-core GPU and packs 5.5 billion transistors. It will be the firm's first "mobile AI computing platform" featuring a "dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU)" that is capable of up to 25 times the performance with 50 times greater efficiency compared to the Cortex-A73 CPU.
While this does whet the palette a bit, the firm did not reveal any devices at the event, instead, it appears that the company may be saving the announcement of its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones for October 16 in Munich.