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Huawei 2018 H1 Result Highlights After Surpassing Apple As No. 2

Huawei 2018 H1 Result Highlights After Surpassing Apple As No. 2

Huawei just announced their 2018 H1 business results. Let’s take a quick look at the Huawei 2018 H1 result highlights, and their recent success story of beating Apple to the no. 2 position!

 

Huawei Is No. 2 Smartphone Vendor

Just last week, Huawei proudly shared that preliminary data from IDC showed that they edged out Apple for the second position in the global market share for smartphones in Q2 2018. This is the first time they surpassed Apple in the number of smartphones sold in a particular quarter.

Powering their rise was the HUAWEI P20 series, followed by the release of their GPU Turbo technology. Their Honor brand of smartphones is also a key driver of growth for Huawei.

 

Huawei 2018 H1 Result Highlights

Huawei reported solid growth, with global smartphone shipments at 95+ million units, gaining a 15.8% market share as of Q2 2018. Here are the Huawei 2018 H1 results highlights – what led to their success in the first half of the year :

  • HUAWEI P20 Series : The global shipment of the HUAWEI P20 series surpassed 9 million units.

  • HUAWEI Mate 10 Series : The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series reported global shipments of over 10 million units.
  • HUAWEI nova Series : Globally, the number of nova smartphone users exceeded 50 million, with total shipments increasing 60 percent year-over-year.
  • Huawei Wearables : Global shipments increased 147 percent year-over-year.
  • Retail business has grown and now Huawei operates over 53,000 Huawei stores and 3,500 Huawei Experience Stores globally. The company plans to bolster its retail network by adding another 10,000 retail stores and 700 Experience Stores around the world before the end of 2018.

 

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How Fast Is The Huawei Kirin 970 NPU?

Arguably the most interesting feature in the Huawei Kirin 970 SoC is its NPU. The Kirin 970 NPU allows for much faster AI processing, with lower power consumption. But just how fast is the Kirin 970 NPU? And does it really matter that the Kirin 970 has an NPU? Read on and find out!

Learn more about the Kirin 970 SoC in The HUAWEI Kirin 970 Deep Dive Tech Report!

 

The Huawei Kirin 970 NPU

The Kirin 970 NPU offers 25X the AI processing performance of the CPU, at half the size. More importantly, it only consumers 1/50 the power of the CPU. It allows the Kirin 970 to recognise about 2005 images per minute, or about 33 per second. That is more than twice as fast as the new Apple iPhone 8 Plus, and 21X faster than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Here is another video demonstrating how fast the Kirin 970 is compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphone in AI image recognition :

Although Huawei is reticent about what apps will actually use the NPU, since it is not an industry-standard implementation (there are none so far). But they revealed that one feature that would use the NPU, and presumably appear in the Huawei Mate 10, is the AI Noise Reduction feature. They promise that it would increase the voice recognition rate from 80% to 92% even with background car noise.

Another feature they showcased was a Samsung Bixby-like app which uses AI algorithms to “guess” the size and weight of a food object, in order to give you an estimate of its caloric content. While this certainly is an interesting use of artificial intelligence, it is far from accurate, as the video shows:

 

Does It Matter?

While the Huawei Kirin 970 NPU speed is impressive, we have to point out that it is a proprietary implementation because there is no industry standard at the moment. Huawei has also stated that the NPU will be restricted to their flagship SoCs, and will not be added to lower-end SoCs.

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In other words, there will be little impetus for developers to spend time and effort to develop apps specifically to make use of the Kirin 970 NPU.

Huawei has offered their HiAI API, as well as the HiKey 970 developer’s kit, so developers can quickly add AI computing capability to their apps. But until there is a substantial number of smartphones with the Kirin 970 NPU, we will not likely see third-party NPU-optimised apps being developed.

The Huawei Mate 10 will definitely ship with some built-in apps to make use of the Kirin 970 NPU, of course. However, it is more than likely they will be the only Kirin 970 NPU-optimised apps most users will be able to enjoy. It will take a few more years before NPU-optimised apps become commonplace.

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The HUAWEI Kirin 970 Deep Dive Tech Report

Huawei is pitching their Kirin 970 SoC ahead of the Huawei Mate 10 launch in Munich on 16 October 2017. This will be their first SoC to include a Neural Processing Unit (NPU). What is an NPU? What other advantages will the new Huawei Kirin 970 bring with it? Let’s take a deep dive into the technical details and find out!

Find out just how fast the Huawei Kirin 970 NPU is at performing AI tasks!

 

The HUAWEI Kirin 970 Deep Dive

Eric Zhou (Huawei Chipset Product Marketing Director) presented this in-depth “deep dive” presentation.

The new Huawei Kirin 970 is an astonishingly small chip. Fabricated on the latest 10 nm process technology, it packs 5.5 million transistors into a square centimeter of silicon. In addition to the NPU, it packs an octa-core processor, and a 12-core GPU with support for LPDDR4X memory.

The Kirin 970 also boasts a slew of improvements in network capabilities like LTE Cat18 for download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, with 4×4 MIMO, 5CC carrier aggregation and 256-QAM. It will also support dual 4G SIMs with VoLTE, albeit only one can be used for data at any one time.

Although Huawei is reticent about what apps will actually use the NPU, since it is not an industry-standard implementation (there are none so far). But they revealed that one feature that would use the NPU, and presumably appear in the Huawei Mate 10, is the AI Noise Reduction feature. They promise that it would increase the voice recognition rate from 80% to 92% even with background car noise.

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Better Motion Capture

In the photography department, the Huawei Kirin 970 improves the camera response time, auto-focus capability and motion detection speed for better motion capture. It also promises improved noise reduction for low light photography. On the audio front, the Kirin 970 will have a full 32-bit @ 384K audio path for high-definition audio capability.

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Huawei Throws More Shade On The Samsung Galaxy Note8

Huawei seems to be itching for a fight with the two giants of the smartphone industry. Earlier today, they challenged Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus with their new mid-range nova 2 Plus smartphone. Then they threw shade on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note8 phablet.

They just took on both Apple and Samsung on the same day, literally slapping their faces and throwing down the gauntlet.  How will Apple and Samsung respond? Will they even respond?

Updated @ 2017-09-01 : Added a new Huawei slide on the Galaxy Note8’s dual-lens camera.

Originally posted @ 2017-08-23

 

Huawei Throws Shade On The Samsung Galaxy Note8

Huawei is slated to launch the Huawei Mate 10 in Munich, Germany on 16 October 2017. Even though that’s two months away, they sent us this announcement last week. For a second, we thought they were inviting us to the launch event… but no, they just wanted us to share this with you, our readers. 😀

Why, we didn’t quite know for sure… until they posted this on Facebook :

Talk about subtlety… or the lack thereof. That is a direct attack on Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 teaser…. if the hashtag #beyondthegalaxy was not obvious enough. 😉

Why is Huawei doing this now? Well, today is the day Samsung launches the Galaxy Note8 in New York. If one is not invited to the party, one can either stay at home or gate crash it… Or in Huawei’s case – diss the party! 😀

Whatever you may think of Huawei’s belligerence, you have to tip your hat at their chutzpah. Not many companies would dare to take on the two giants of the smartphone industry like that. 😀

Now, the only question is – will it even matter, since the Huawei Mate 10 is 2 months away? Even the next Apple iPhone will be out by then…

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Huawei Disses The Note8 Dual-Lens Camera New!

A few days after Huawei claimed that their mid-range nova 2 Plus was equal to the iPhone 7 Plus in photographic capability, they released a slide that pegs the new Samsung Galaxy Note8 at the same level… at least as far as its dual-lens camera is concerned.

Huawei is pitching their monochrome + RGB dual-lens camera as superior over the mixed lens setup of the Galaxy Note8. But our preliminary tests of the new Galaxy Note8 show that at least in the bokeh department, the new Samsung Live Focus feature is superior to the Huawei Mate 9‘s Portrait Mode.

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