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.
Kirin 990, World’s first 5G SoC with NSA/SA, 7nm UEV+, 10 billion transistors with Arm Mali-G76 MC16
€2299 Huawei Mate X Flexible phone, with keynote
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, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X
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.
Huawei HiVision estimates calories in Food on Huawei Mate 20
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.
Bokeh video on Huawei Mate 20 Pro
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.
7.2″ giant Huawei Mate 20 X with Myriam Joire
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″ 1080×2244, 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€.
AOSP TV OP-TEE DRM integrations on HiKey, TI X15, iMX8M, Poplar
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.
Honor 10, Notch, Kirin970 without PC Mode, glimmering back
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 shows AOSP TV 8.1, Gemini PDA, Android with newer kernels at Linaro LMG/LHG hacking room
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)
Cadence HiFi DSP SDK for Android
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.
HiSilicon Open Source Keynote: Kenneth Lee, Chief Software Architect at Linaro Connect
This talk explains why a commercial organization should join the open source development from the software architecture and commercial competition perspective. And it will also tell how a bad open source strategy will fail the original target.
Kenneth (Liguozhu) Lee / Hisilicon
Kenneth Lee is the chief software architect of Hisilicon. He has more than 14 years experience on OS and OS middleware design and development. He has worked on OS area for most of HUAWEI products which include wideband/Narrowband switches, routers, mobile phones, wireless stations, core network servers, etc. He is also the architect of HUAWEI’s first Linux distribution for lots of embedded telecom devices.
Learn More at http://connect.linaro.org
HiKey970 development board for AI
HiSilicon and Hoperun introduces their new HiKey 970 development board, 10nm HiSilicon Kirin 970 based (same chipset that is in the recent Huawei Mate 10) quad ARM Cortex-A73 at 2.36GHz with quad ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz with Mali-G72MP12 and their new Dedicated Neural-network Processing Unit (NPU) with 256MAC/cycle @ 960MHz performance. To be available next month for $299 on Amazon and at http://hihope.org this is their Super Edge AI Computing Platform with Huawei HiAI SDK that can provide up to 25X Performance and 50X better Power Efficiency compared with doing the AI tasks by CPU or GPU. This enables the Heterogeneous multi processing Resource Management for use in applications such as Deep Learning, Robots, Automobile, Smart City. The NPU provides frequently used artificial intelligence function APIs, model management APIs and basic operator computing APIs, so developers can focus on developing new AI applications instead of focusing on performance tuning. The HiKey970’s dedicated AI processor has a rich set of imaging and I/Os that enables developers to build highly integrated flexible products for AI-based intelligent cameras in smart cities.
UEFI + ARM Trusted Firmware
Video Codec enable
PCIe enable for storage and LTE connect
4 lanes CSI + 2 lanes CSI
CAN V2.0B up to 1Mbps
Video Dec up to H.265 3840×2160@60fps
6GB 1866MHz, 4 Channel LPDDR4x
GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou
World’s first 5G chipset: Huawei Balong 5G01
The Huawei Balong 5G01 chip is a 64bit ARM based chipset, the first in the world, the first to support the latest 3GPP standard for 5G networks, it can transfer data at 2.3Gbps speeds the use case here is for home or enterprise broadband where the 2.3Gbit/s bandwidth comes from the 5G network and broadcasts that as a Wi-Fi signal in the home or office. Later this year or soon, Huawei and others will be reducing the size of the 5G chipset to fit inside of phones and more.
Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 970, 10nm, AI computing
With 5.5 Billion transistors, this is one of the most advanced ARM Processors for smartphones in the world, included in the Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A73, quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-G72MP12 GPU, featuring the built-in neural network processing.
$79 Poplar Android TV Development Board by Hoperun on Hisilicon Hi3798CV200
Poplar is the first development board compliant with the 96Boards Enterprise Edition TV Platform specification. Developed by HiSilicon, the board features the Hi3798C V200 with an integrated quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex A53 processor and high performance Mali-T720 GPU, making it capable of running any commercial set-top solution based on Linux or Android. Its high performance specification also supports a premium user experience with up to H.265 HEVC decoding of 4K video at 60 frames per second. It’s available for $79 at Aliexpress.com
Latest from the Linaro Digital Home Group at Linaro Connect San Francisco 2017
Mark Gregotski, DIrector of the Linaro Digital Home Group, provides an update on the latest work in open source for the Digital Home Group that LHG is working on including the adoption of OP-TEE (Open Portable Trusted Execution Environment) with DRM integrations including PlayReady DRM PK v3.3 on AOSP 8.0 on the HiKey960 development board and Widevine for Linux and for Android AOSP. NXP demonstrates some of their work, NXP has recently joined the Linaro Digital Home Group. The LHG group has worked to integrate V4L2 with gstreamer and ffmpeg to improve media playback on ARM offloading all the computation onto the video codec hardware of the SoC.
Inkwell Smart Doorbell using HiSilicon Hi3518E
The Inkwell Doorbell is a wireless doorbell that will call you with a video call when the doorbell is wrung. You can answer or reject the call or take a picture of the people ringing the doorbell. The battery last 6 months. The doorbell connects via wifi. The camera of the doorbell is a 720p camera. Inkwell also makes a motion sensing camera that can substitute doorbell.
$229 Vivant Android TV Box With TV Tuner
The Vivant makes Android TV box called enigma with a TV Tuner. The TV box runs on an Hisilicon Hi3798CV200 quad core A43 processor. The TV box includes USB, ethernet, Microsd, space for hard drives, HDMI, and SPDIF output. The Android TV Box sells for $229 available now. Eventually a successor enigma 2 box will be made.
Huawei ICT Booth Tour at CeBIT 2017
Here’s a booth tour at the Huawei Booth at CeBIT 2017 where 50 of their partners and customers are showing solutions featuring NB-IoT, cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Smart City, finance, electric-power, transportation, manufacturing and more. Huawei’s tagline is that they want to be “Leading New ICT: The Road to Digital Transformation”. Some of Huawei’s partners include SAP, Accenture, Infosys, Deutsche Telekom, Volkswagen, KUKA, Intel, Honeywell, GE, and ABB.
Yang Zhang, Director of 96Boards and Robert Wolff, Host of 96Boards Open Hours
Yang Zhang is the Director of Linaro’s http://96boards.org with Robert Wolff host of http://96boards.org/openhours talk about the status of the 40+ 96Boards that are in development, the 96Boards standard and latest news, IoT boards, extended boards, Enterprise boards and what may happen in the future.