Kirin 990, World’s first 5G SoC with NSA/SA, 7nm UEV+, 10 billion transistors with Arm Mali-G76 MC16
Kirin 990 5G is world’s 1st Flagship 5G SoC powered with 7nm+ EUV with Arm Mali-G76 MC16 GPU, over 10 billion transistors, supports NSA/SA (Non-Standalone and Standalone) architectures simultaneously, compatible with all different bands and frequencies of 4G and 5G, connects with 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G, Kirin 990 5G reaches 5G peak download rate, In Sub-6GHz band, the theoretical peak download speed can reach 2.3 Gbps and the theoretical peak upload speed can reach 1.25 Gbps, designed in three levels of efficiency, the Kirin 990 Series achieves great improvement in overall performance and energy efficiency. HUAWEI’s self-developed Da Vinci architecture NPU features a Big-Core plus ultra-low consumption Tiny-Core contributing to a boost in AI performance. In AI face recognition, the efficiency of NPU Tiny-Core can be enhanced up to 24x than the Big-Core. The ISP is enhanced by 15% using BM3D hardware-level noise reduction capable of producing vivid photos of natural views, city architectures and night shot, real-time video segmenting and rendering using its stable video processing capability architecture elevates outstanding performance and great energy efficiency. UFS 3.0 for fastest mobile device data transfer speed.
Huawei unveiled their Huawei Mate X flexible foldable phone, the best such flexible phone demonstration yet, though they launch it way way too expensive at €2299. On the other hand they were able to position the flexible display based phone as the ultimate phone one would be able to get, pushing the industry towards making this form factor popular sooner rather than later. This might be a flexible display provided to Huawei by BOE, I filmed BOE's flexible displays for phones here and here you can also see all my other flexible display videos that I have been filming for the past several years here
Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X is the fastest phone in the world, with a 7nm Kirin 980 quad ARM Cortex-A76, quad ARM Cortex-A55, Mali-G76MP10 GPU, with Dual-NPU AI acceleration that has 6.9 Billion transistors on the SoC package. It comes with world's first 1.4Gbit/s Cat.21 LTE Modem, supports 2133Mhz LPDDR4X. Huawei claims to be about 50% faster at loading apps compared with the latest iPhone and Galaxy Note 9, run 38% longer on its 4200mAh battery, enables 140% faster quick charge with its 40W charger, it takes only 30min to charge up 70% of the battery and has 70% faster wireless charging. Up to 120% better antenna performance compared with the new iPhone Xs Max, with its dual-frequency GPS receiver, it can have a 10x better GPS positioning accuracy. Huawei PC Mode now also works by its usual USB Type-C Displayport functionality but it also works wirelessly sending the PC Mode display over to any Miracast receiver they also provide a Huawei wireless dongle. Huawei Mate 20 X is a very large 7.2" OLED smartphone with 5000mAh battery, world's first vapor chamber and grephene film based cooling technology enabling higher performance when doing processor intensive tasks for long periods of time such as for gaming.
HiVision gives information about food, it can give an estimate on food calories by its volume to assist in having a healthy lifestyle. It can recognize landmarks, famous paintings and objects which can then be purchased directly in Huawei's Smart Shopping feature that can recognize things and launch the purchase procedure directly based on the image or based on the camera. The Huawei Mate 20 comes with not only the world's most powerful Arm processor in Kirin 980 built on 7nm, with quad ARM Cortex-A76 and quad ARM Cortex-A55, it also has Dual-core Neural Processing Unit offering a vast amount of AI computing performance, making up probably a large part of those 6.9 Billion transistors on the SoC. These algorithms can eventually be trained to offer more and more accurate recognition of things in the surroundings of the smartphone camera.
The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro can take Bokeh video, they can blur the background as one of their new video AI modes in 1080p30. I shot here a sample using the phone so you can see the quality of that bokeh effect. Does it look good enough for video-blogging in a way that might have a professional look to it? I guess if the bokeh isn't by optics it's better not to shoot with it, right? But then the whole video is flat. This bokeh AI effect does not seem to recognize the things that are at the same distance, it blurs out anything that it considers not to be part of the face. And it might unblur any other faces that it catches in the background too which kind of defeats the purpose of blurring out the foreground and the background. It is possible though that Huawei might still yet improve on their AI algorithms here to perhaps improve their bokeh video effect further.
Myriam Joire of the Mobile Tech Podcast has been covering tech for over a decade and was previously Engadget’s Senior Mobile Editor, host of the Engadget Mobile Podcast, and co-host of TWiT’s All About Android. The Huawei Mate 20 X is a 7.2" 1080x2244, Android 9.0 powered high end Android phone running on the new 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 quad ARM Cortex-A76, quad ARM Cortex-A55 with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. This phone is actually targetted at the gaming market, to be launched at 899€.
Peter Griffin and his colleagues of the Linaro Home Group demonstrate some of their latest advancements with AOSP TV such as their OP-TEE DRM integrations, Playready, Widevine, ClearKey on HiKey, TI X15, iMX8M, Poplar using AOSP and Linux, Chromium and WPE. DRM Secure Data Path on i.MX8M.
Huawei's Honor group launches the new Honor 10 Smartphone at $399, it comes with a Notch (which I don't understand why, except for copying Apple's mistake), it runs on the ultra fast Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor but they did not include the PC Mode in this one, that PC Mode is only available in Huawei Mate 10 and P20. The very glimmering back side of the phone is a fingerprint magnet, not sure if the effect looks as good if a transparent back case is used. They use an ultrasonic based front side finderprint reader, though I prefer when fingerprint readers are on the back.
Bero (Bernhard Rosenkränzer) and his colleagues from the Linaro Mobile Group (Android) and the Linaro Home Group (TV Boxes) are working in the hacking room at Linaro Connect to prepare some demos for Demo Friday including AOSP TV on 8.1 (while most Android TV runs on 7.1), updating the Linux kernel on Android phones to some newer kernel version, and Bero also gives his opinions on the multi-Linux booting Gemini PDA amazing keyboard phone which he has purchased (see my video on Gemini PDA Linux support here)
Raj Pawate, Niranjan Yadla and Sachin Ghanekar presented a low cost SDK for Cadence HiFi 3 DSP. This Hikey960 development board enables software developers to leverage the power of the HiFi 3 DSP and introduce new algorithms for audio and speech processing. With HiFi 3 DSP running at 533 MHz and access to a large shared system memory of 13MB, software developers are no longer constrained to showcase their advanced algorithms. In addition, the HiFi 3 DSP works closely with an App processor hosting Android allowing software developers to integrate DSP functionality within the context of Android Applications.