Huawei reveals new Kirin 970 phone chip

Huawei has unveiled a powerful new mobile phone chip, the Kirin 970. The chip will increase competition between Huawei and its major competitors, Apple and Samsung.

The Kirin 970 is technically a chipset, bringing together the components for computing, graphics, image and digital signal processing power that have traditionally used separate chips and, therefore, required more space within a handset.

Huawei describes the new chip as the first Neural Processing Unit for smartphones, bringing together previously separate chip functions. The chip incorporates Artificial Intelligence to help users personalise their phones with functions such as real-time language translation and augmented reality.

Apart from Apple, virtually all competitor brands including Samsung rely on Snapdragon chips manufactured by Qualcomm, which leads the market in mobile chip design.

It is claimed that the Kirin 970 will deliver 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency, resulting in longer battery life. The chips are made using a 10nm manufacturing process.

Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer branch said: “Users are in for much faster performance, longer battery life and more compact design.”

The new chip will feature in Huawei’s forthcoming Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro phones, to be unveiled on 16 October 2017.