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Huawei unveils first smartphones with AI mobile chipset

Written on Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:55

Huawei has unveiled its first smartphones fitted with its first AI mobile chipset, the Kirin 970. The Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 were unveiled in Munich on October 16, and combine the Kirin 970 chipset and EMUI 8.0 Android interface. The Mate 10 Series continues its legacy of long-lasting battery life, while integrating New Leica Dual Camera technology.

With an all-new FullView Display, the Huawei Mate 10 features a 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 display and HDR10 to support vivid colors. The 6-inch Huawei Mate 10 Pro features an 18:9 OLED display, high screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 for dynamic video viewing. The devices feature 3D Glass Body and the back of the devices feature a reflective band design to highlight the New Leica Dual Camera. The Mate 10 Pro is IP67 Water and Dust Resistant.

The Huawei Mate 10 (64GB + 4GB) will sell for €699; the Huawei Mate 10 Pro (128GB + 6GB) will sell for €799; and the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 (256GB + 6GB) will sell for €1,395.

“As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “The Huawei Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit, launching a new era of intelligent smartphones.”

The Kirin 970 chipset, launched this year during IFA Berlin, is built using an advanced TSMC 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, and features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU and the first NPU designed specifically for a mobile device. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual ISP for AI-powered intelligent photography.

The specialized NPU, combined with Huawei’s HiAI mobile computing platform, means the Kirin 970 delivers 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores, Huawei said. The Huawei Mate 10 Series also supports fast LTE connectivity and download speeds. The device comes with the world’s first dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections.

By combining individual and collective intelligence for on-device AI, the devices deliver real-time responses to users, including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and an AI Accelerated Translator. Kirin 970 is an open, mobile AI computing platform for third parties to create new and imaginative AI applications and which extends Huawei’s processing capabilities to the entire value chain.

New Leica Dual Camera

Huawei again partnered with Leica to co-engineer the dual-lens camera for the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. They combine 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), dual lenses with the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6, AI-powered Bokeh Effect and AI-powered Digital Zoom.

New AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition, which automatically chooses camera settings based on the object and scene, supports an advanced AI-powered Digital Zoom function with AI Motion Detection for clearer and sharper pictures.

The devices pack a 4000 mAh high-density battery featuring a smart battery management system that understands user behavior and intelligently allocates resources to maximize battery life.

It supports 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging, powering the device from 1 percent to 20 percent in 10 minutes, and from 1 percent to 58 percent in 30 minutes. Additionally, Huawei SuperCharge is the world’s first fast charging technology to receive TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.

The devices will launch with Huawei’s all-new EMUI 8.0 powered by Android 8.0. Features include an AI Engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970; an AI Accelerated translator to deliver faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience; an easy projection feature to connect the new Huawei Mate Series to a larger screen; support for a full desktop experience – either mirroring or extending the smartphone display like a PC.

The new Mate 10 will be available starting in late October in more than 15 countries and regions including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The Mate 10 Pro will be available beginning in mid-November in more than two dozen countries, including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 will also be available starting in mid-November.

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To kick off Mobile World Congress 2017, Huawei Consumer Business Group launched the new Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus. The highly-anticipated additions to the P series feature a combination of beautiful hardware and the latest advances in software technology.

Additionally, the new smartphones feature striking new colors and finishes, and introduce new Leica front and rear cameras with cutting-edge portrait features to make every shot a cover shot.

Commenting on the launch, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group said, “As culture and technology continue to intersect in every aspect of our world, we want to deliver new products and experiences that ultimately improve and enhance life. Our impressive new Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus weave together the exceptional imaging capabilities of Leica and our stand-out design and hardware innovations to bring users a powerful device experience.”

The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, to be launched soon in the Middle East, are a demonstration of Huawei’s continued commitment to setting new performance standards and inspiring creative expression. Key device features include:

The Huawei P10’s new Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 and Huawei P10 Plus’ Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition, featuring the rear dual-camera set up and Leica front-facing camera, means consumers can explore the full range of portrait photography. With a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and enhanced fusion algorithms, the HUAWEI P10 and HUAWEI P10 Plus deliver superior technical and artistic photography features on a smartphone.

With its industry-leading craftsmanship, the Huawei P10 is a beautifully designed masterpiece on the inside and out. Never content with the status quo, Huawei’s design team introduced the industry’s first Hyper Diamond-Cut finishing, in addition to their refined sandblast and high gloss finishes.

The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus are also available in a selection of unique colors as a result of the first cross-industry partnership with Pantone Color Institute, the world’s foremost authority on color. By combining Huawei’s design expertise with Pantone’s trusted color thought leadership, two new color-ways were created to reflect the personalities of the contemporary consumer and shape new color trends in the mobile market. Dazzling Blue and the Pantone Color of the Year 2017, Greenery, were designed by the Pantone Color Institute and optimized by Huawei to create a beautiful, glow-effect finish.

The Huawei P10 and HUuawei P10 Plus take smartphone efficiency and customization a step further thanks to the powerful Kirin 960 processor and all-new EMUI 5.1. Kirin 960 is Huawei’s latest high-performance SoC chipset.

With 3,200 and 3,750 mAh batteries, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus support Huawei SuperCharge technology. The low voltage, low temperature fast charging solution comes with a super safe 5-gate protection mechanism, which offers real-time voltage, current and temperature monitoring to make charging not only fast but safe.

In addition to the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, Huawei unveiled its second-edition smartwatch, the Huawei Watch 2. This 4G sports wearable combines innovative technology with authentic craftsmanship, and features an athletic and stylish lightweight design that brings true independence to wearable devices.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group reports strong 2016 performance

Written on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:10

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) revealed its expected 2016 annual performance figures indicating a 42 percent increase when compared to 2015. With anticipated sales revenue of US$26 billion, Huawei CBG is showing steady growth for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, smartphone shipments reached 139 million units presenting a year-on-year growth of 29 percent.

According to IDC, the increasing rate of global smartphone shipments was only 0.6% in 2016, which means Huawei has outperformed the overall market. Mr. Richard Yu, Chief Operating Officer of Huawei CBG, commented on the results saying: “Despite tough market conditions Huawei CBG is still growing at industry-leading speed. We believe our success is a direct result of our consumer and innovation-centric approach, as well as our ongoing commitment to building a premium brand. As we reinforce our global channels and ensure consistent, high-quality service, we make our devices accessible and reliable for all Huawei users.”

When speaking on Huawei’s plans for the coming year, Yu said: “In 2017, we plan to strengthen our supply chain, channels, R&D efforts, our after-sales services. We will also work to fortify any other areas and to streamline our operations, improve the efficiency of our decision-making, drive our internationalization strategy and proactively develop future capacity.”

The global smartphone industry is witnessing a slowdown and fewer innovations are being introduced to the market, but Huawei CBG is building product leadership and pioneering ground-breaking developments in key technology areas. In 2016, Huawei CBG focused on developing meaningful innovations and made breakthroughs in the areas of operating systems (EMUI based on Android), dual-lens camera technology, artificial intelligence and more.

For years, Android users have been let down by their devices as performance declined over time. Huawei set out to solve this and with their software R&D team led by world-class Linux professionals, they conducted in-depth optimization research on the Android system. Based on their findings, Huawei unveiled EMUI 5.0 – their latest operating system software that is deeply integrated with the Kirin chipset and contains 20 Huawei patented technologies.

2016 also saw the introduction of Huawei’s first dual-lens camera technology featured on a flagship device. These were designed in conjunction with industry expert Leica Camera AG and by the end of the year Huawei had developed two generations of dual-camera technology. This not only set the industry ablaze and established new benchmarks for image quality, but also it made the Huawei P9 and Mate 9 very popular amongst consumers.

In September 2016, Huawei also founded the Max Berek Innovation Lab alongside Leica Camera AG. This center will see joint research and development efforts in the fields of optical systems, imaging algorithms, virtual and augmented reality.

With these technological advancements, Huawei’s flagship products such as the P9 and Mate 9 have achieved global recognition. Huawei P9 and P9 Plus global shipments exceeded 10 million units, making them the first Huawei flagship handsets to break 10 million sales. The Huawei Mate 9 series, shortly after launching in November 2016, faced a supply shortage due to overwhelming demand and its sales in the first two months were 50 percent higher than those of Mate 8 for the same period.

In 2017, Huawei CBG will continue to put consumer needs first and will develop a consumer-facing system focused on channels, retail, brand, marketing and services, to strengthen its business base and streamline its operations and customer service. In the meantime, Huawei is committed to making further breakthroughs in innovation that will help consumers have a more intelligent, connected lifestyle.

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At CES 2017, nearly 3,000 people attended Huawei Consumer Business Group’s keynote where CEO Richard Yu shared Huawei’s vision of the next frontier in mobile: the Intelligent Phone, an AI-powered device. Yu’s address reinforced Huawei’s commitment to fueling innovation and collaborating with leading partners, to transform the way people experience the world.

Mr. Yu also revealed that the acclaimed Huawei Mate 9 will be available in the U.S. featuring advances at the forefront of hardware and software innovation, the Mate 9 Pro and the Porsche Design Mate 9 will also be Huawei’s first Google Daydream-ready smartphones.

Fueling Innovation with Passion

Over the past five years, Huawei has become one of the top three global smartphone brands. During the keynote, Mr. Yu pointed to the three pillars of the Huawei brand – passion, collective wisdom and meaningful innovation – to explain the company’s success. In 2016, Huawei shipped more than 139 million smartphones, a 29 percent increase over 2015. According to IPSOS, its global brand awareness has also seen steady growth, rising from 76% to 81%, with a 66.7% and 100% increase in overseas user consideration and preference.

Through its continued investment in R&D, which surpassed $38 billion over the last 10 years, Huawei will drive the next era of innovation to inspire and empower mankind. As part of this strategy, Huawei will leverage the collective wisdom of the world’s brightest minds, both within and outside the company, to help shape the next era of consumer technology. Most recently, Huawei opened the new Max Berek Innovation Lab with Leica, deepening its strategic partnership with the world leader in photography and imaging.

Introducing the Intelligent Phone for the Intelligent World

As the world demands to be digitally and seamlessly connected, Huawei is paving the way to create transformative experiences that will ultimately bring the Intelligent Phone to life. Mr. Yu pointed to a new period of evolution ahead of us – initially the PC gave us a portal to access information; the internet followed, which let us share information; today we live in an existence where everything is connected. Mr. Yu calls this an intelligent world where devices are constantly sensing and gathering data about our environments. 

To thrive in this intelligent world, the advent of artificial intelligence integrated into today’s smartphones offers us a significant leap forward and brings us one step closer to the next phase in mobile: the Intelligent Phone. The AI-powered Intelligent Phone will be able to anticipate our needs with new functionality that will truly match the way we think and feel.

In order to bring the Intelligent Phone to life, Mr. Yu discussed the design needs of this dynamic, new device which will emulate the human capacity to interact with and understand the world around it. For example, the Intelligent Phone will need advanced computer vision to see and understand its surroundings. It will need more intelligent and developed microphones through which to hear and identify different sounds. It will require advances in power and battery life to process vast amounts of information.

To accelerate the development of the Intelligent Phone, Huawei is working to further develop its sensor technology, machine learning, data management and chipset. By embracing these new advances, Huawei believes the Intelligent Phone will unify digital and human intelligence to make our lives better.

Mr. Yu continued: “Currently people connect with the digital world using their smartphones. In the future, the Intelligent Phone will change all of this. The Intelligent phone will be an extension of who we are – an indispensable part of our lives that uses artificial intelligence to adapt to our needs, allowing us to seamlessly interact with the real and digital worlds.”

Collaborating with Industry Leaders

Today Huawei is working in close partnership with some of the most exciting and innovative companies. As part of Mr. Yu’s keynote, he unveiled landmark partnerships with Amazon and Google as collaborations that will accelerate the development of new, innovative technologies and experiences. Mr. Yu also revealed that the Huawei Mate 9 will be available in the U.S. market and will be Huawei’s first smartphone to come with voice-interactive app, Amazon Alexa.

Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa, introduced the Mate 9 with Alexa: “With Amazon Alexa on Huawei’s Mate 9, customers can easily perform everyday tasks while on the go – using just their voice. This includes controlling their smart home, checking the news, requesting a ride from services like Uber, and more.”

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 are Huawei’s first Google Daydream-ready devices for users to explore immersive virtual reality content and experiences. According to Amit Singh, Vice President of Business and Operations for Google’s Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality team, in 2017, in addition to bringing high quality VR on Huawei devices through Daydream, Google and Huawei will work together to offer high quality smartphone AR on Huawei devices through Project Tango’s motion tracking, area learning and depth perception technologies.

These partnerships, and Huawei’s expansive ecosystem of global partners, are strategic collaborations that will lead to richer, more rewarding integration over time to help shape the next era of consumer technology.

“Today our focus is to bridge innovation and technology, create an elite ecosystem of industry visionaries and offer products that significantly enhance the way people connect with one another,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “As we look to the future, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era where we’re breaking through barriers to improve the way we interact with the world. The introduction of the Intelligent Phone is the next evolution in mobile that will provide intelligence to every aspect of our lives, enriching the way we experience the world around us.”

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Last April, Huawei Consumer Business Group launched its groundbreaking P9 smartphone. It appears, however, that the company has had incredible revolutionary success selling nine million units in record timing. The model continues to be sold as if it were released a month ago. Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker and powerhouse technology giant, had sold six million Huawei P9 phones in September and went on to sell another three million in the two months to follow.

In honor of this, Huawei hosted a celebration in Shenzhen, China with its glamorous global product ambassador Scarlett Johansson and her fans. Scarlett shared her experiences using the Huawei P9, stating that the smartphone’s excellent camera gives her greater confidence to capture every moment. Ms. Johansson also highlighted her appreciation for the opportunity to work with Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and influential fashion photographer Mario Testino in the accompanying advertising campaign for the Huawei P9.

Ms. Glory Zhang, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, noted that Scarlett Johansson has brought the Huawei P9 to meet the world allowing more and more people to get to know the Huawei P9 and ultimately fall in love with it.

The P9 is taking the world a step closer in the direction of world class photography, through a device that can be held in the palm of your hand. When Leica first announced its co-operation with Huawei, photographers and photography fanatics were immediately intrigued, says Huawei.

Not only does the Huawei P9 feature a prestigious photography brand, it features dual camera lenses. While some mobile cameras already spot two lenses to capture different focal lengths, the P9 uses one for an RGB sensor to capture color, and a monochrome sensor to acquire detail. The two are then synthesized to create images of superior detail, depth and color. The Huawei P9’s Leica dual-lens camera was one of the big additions for the phone and many reviews from tech sites mentioned this as the best part of the phone.

According to Mr. Changzhu Li, Vice President of Huawei Consumer Business Group, it’s been seven months since Huawei P9 was released and sales were doing well, the phone could reach ten or eleven million units sold by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

Huawei has already unveiled another flagship device that could be a hot seller in the next few months. The Huawei Mate 9 was unveiled earlier this month and it is said to be the most powerful Mate series phone to date. The smartphone comes with a 5.9-inch display and a second generation Leica dual-lens camera. There is also a fingerprint scanner, 4,000mAh battery and 4GB RAM. The company also announced a limited edition Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9, which is a little smaller than the Mate 9 but features a 5.5-inch curved AMOLED display. The phone is an exclusive version of the Mate 9.

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Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, recently delivered a keynote speech at the third World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen, China. The conference theme was ‘Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All – Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace’ and his remarks addressed Huawei’s plans for developing Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The keynote speech titled “Artificial Intelligence, The Future Is Now” highlighted Huawei’s endeavor into and views on AI as well as the company’s investment in four key areas to drive technology breakthroughs. These include devices, connectivity, cloud computing and chipsets. These four areas are expected to power a Superphone which in Huawei’s vision is the fundamental carrier for AI.

“A Superphone will introduce new information-management architecture. Currently, users initiate information flow from the physical world. The information enters the smartphone and from there it goes to the digital spheres. In the future, the smartphone will be an indispensable part, a double of the user. This will result in two new streams of information from the superphone: one to the reality, the other to the user,” said Richard Yu.

“The Superphone will be special because it will proactively interact with the physical world. The smartphone is no longer a passive device, meant only for communication between the phone and the user.  Instead, with this new information-management architecture, the Superphone will adapt to address the challenges of information explosion.”

Richard Yu also spoke of Huawei’s technology innovations such as the machine learning capabilities on Huawei Mate 9 and how it has captured the attention and recognition from the global industry.

The event attracted 1,600 Internet elites from over 110 countries to share and exchange the industry's latest and most cutting-edge insights and trends. Also in attendance was Chinese President Xi Jinping and Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central, who delivered the opening remarks of the event. Other high profile attendees included global internet key players Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, Robin Li, Founder of Baidu, Pony Ma, Chairman of Tencent, and Derek Aberle, President of Qualcomm. 

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