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Huawei reveals AI-powered Mate 10, laying down a challenge to Apple and Samsung

Tyrone Stewart

Huawei Mate 10Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has unveiled its latest flagship handsets – a pair of AI-powered devices that could rival the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung.

The 5.9-inch screen Mate 10 and the six-inch screen Mate 10 Pro use AI technology for advanced scene detection, live translation, and other tricks through their cameras. Both see this AI power come from Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip, which features a neural processing unit (NPU), a central processing unit (CPU), and a graphics processing unit (GPU), to make devices ‘intelligent’.

The inclusion of an NPU, according to Huawei, enables the devices to recognise around 2,000 images per minute – double the rate of Apple’s A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which is used to power facial recognition. And, of course, Google also has its own similar neural unit.

The AI technology in Huawei’s new devices is also said to work to learn the user’s operating habits, meaning it can predict when the user wants to launch a specific app or perform a certain action.

Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro could be the key to the device maker surpassing Apple in the smartphone market this year.

“Huawei is today the biggest challenger to Apple and Samsung. Indeed, they are growing very fast. They will probably overtake Apple in the smartphone business, either this year or next year,” Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC.

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