Back in October 2017, the leading Chinese smartphone vendor launched the first phones sporting the first AI mobile chips, Kirin 970. As you remember, they were the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The former model became available for purchase immediately after the launch event. But the Mate 10 Pro went on sale way later. At this moment, you can buy this amazing handset at $569.99.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro sports a 6-inch OLED full-screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. Thought it is equipped with one of the best displays, this features can’t be considered as the biggest selling point.
As we said, it is powered by the first mobile SoC with AI. The Hisilicone Kirin 970 uses the most advanced TSMC 10nm process node with over 5.5 billion transistors. In comparison to the previous-gen Kirin 960 based on a 16nm process technology, the overall efficiency has been improved by 37.5%. However, it still uses an octa-core architecture using A73 and A53 cores and 12-cores GPU (Mali-G72). This architecture is identical to the Snapdragon 835. But Huawei has developed HiAI, an energy-efficient heterogeneous computing architecture to enhance the AI power. It is the first to come with a built-in independent NPU (Neural Network Processing Unit).
The SoCI is also paired with a 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and 4000mAh battery. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro still continues using a dual Leica camera with a 20MP black/white sensor as well as a 12MP color sensor with an aperture of f/1.6, OIS, 2 x dual-camera zoom, and 4 in 1 hybrid focusing technology.
The next selling point of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the advanced connectivity options. As you know, currently, we’re using a 4G/4.5G network. But the 5G network was promised to become available to millions in 2019. However, this mobile network spectrum fragmentation affects the user experience. To solve it the Kirin 970 brings a new technology consisting of three innovations:
- 4×4 MMIO (multi-user input and output;
- 5CC CA (Carrier Aggregation);
- 256QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation).
Apart from this, it is the first chip to support LTE Cat.18 (download) and Cat.13 (upload) with the industry’s highest peak download rate of 1.2Gbps. You can even use the SIM card to surf via LTE and use the VoLTE in the LTE network via the second card. In terms of the connectivity improvements, the Kirin 970 supports AI noise reduction technology.