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When we talk about a mobile phone, aspects such as its screen, battery, camera, etc. are usually highlighted. Of all of them, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the most advanced of the moment but really, what makes the difference is something that is talked about a lot but, really, it looks little, the Artificial Intelligence that hides, concretely, in the Kirin 980
And far from being a simple marketing element, more or less striking, it translates into benefits and functions that are palpable for the user and, above all, unique to Huawei’s equipment since its processors are exclusive, we can not find them in other brands. in the market. Proof of this is that the AI of the Mate 20 Pro sweeps the competition in the benchmarks.
Already last year, the Huawei Mate 10 surprised us with the capabilities of the NPU (Neural Process Unit) that mounted the Kirin 970. This processor already did incredible things and that brought its way of functioning to that of a human brain, treating the process flows simultaneously and not sequentially as conventional CPUs do. In addition, he was able to learn and anticipate future needs based on past experiences. Well, you just have to imagine what can be achieved with the Kirin 980 that opens the double NPU, an AI even more powerful and eager to learn and manage the resources of our device.
How is the AI brain of the Mate 20 Pro?
In its technical sheet, the Kirin 980 is the first 7nm processor, which translates into 6.9 million transistors in an even smaller space, which makes it more powerful and more energy efficient. It is configured as an octa-core with the double NPU in addition to a CPU with 4-core architecture (2x Cortex-A76 at 2.6 GHz + 2x Cortex-A76 at 1.9 GHz) and 4 other Cortex-A55 cores (at 1, 8 GHz). It also has the first Mali-G76 GPU, a portent of a graphic chip for games and multimedia entertainment.
The Kirin 980 is, as a whole (NPU + CPU + GPU) 20% more powerful than the previous generation and offers 40% more energy savings. Only your CPU is 75% more powerful and with an energy saving of 58%. For its part, the GPU represents an improvement in performance of up to 46% and an incredible energy efficiency of 178% less. Finally, the NPU is 16% faster and with a 220% higher image recognition capacity. This in particular means that it is capable of recognizing 4,500 images per minute and capturing sharp movements without blurring.
The new processor employs, in addition, a new dual ISP that allows a processing speed up to 46% higher than its predecessor and an improvement of 23% in terms of energy efficiency. It is the first chip with a Cat.21 modem that supports speeds of up to 1.4 Gbps at the same time that it is the first CPU compatible with LPDDR4X RAMs of 2,133 MHz and offers the fastest Wi-Fi speed in the world, reaching 1,732 Mbps , much faster than 866 Mbps Snapdragon 845 and with a bandwidth 20% better and 22% less latency.
What the Mate 20 Pro AI can do that can not do any more mobile
And in the end, the technical data is that, data. What users want are results and real experiences. It is very good that we “sell” that a mobile like the Mate 20 Pro is intelligent, that it has an AI out of the normal or that its double NPU is something out of series. In the end, what counts is do we notice it? And, as the seriéfilos say “warning spoiler”, yes, and a lot.
The new HiAI , which is the name that Huawei gives to its AI, unlocks new experiences in contexts such as performance, image, tactile experience or voice recognition as well as biometric security.
The first and most palpable in what you notice that there is an AI behind the Mate 20 Pro is its autonomy , which goes beyond the impressive 4,200 mAh of its battery , but how energy is managed throughout the device. Up to 2 days of operation we can take the team and, the more we use the equipment the more it is optimized. This is because the AI is learning from our habits, in addition to taking information from the team’s sensors. This causes you to activate and deactivate elements and functions and that you can save energy at certain times when you know that we will not be using, for example, the camera when we are at work.
In this aspect, an important detail is not only the time it takes the Mate 20 Pro to discharge its battery, but in the new Supercharge System of 40 W. In 30 minutes we have the terminal charged at 70%, counting that there is also wireless charging at a rate similar to that of a conventional wall charger (15 W), something that very few phones have at this time – since it is usually much slower -. And finally, as the icing on the cake, we can use the Mate 20 Pro as a wireless charger for other phones or devices just by putting them on top of their back cover.
The camera of the Huawei Mate 20 pro already impresses with its new design and the possibilities of three lenses (40 MP wide-angle lens, 8 MP telephoto lens and 20 MP ultra-wide-angle lens). But, again, what makes the difference is what the AI can do with them.
The automatic mode is where the dizzying power of the new Huawei processor is most palpable. The speed when recognizing the scenes, especially when you activate the SuperMacro , but also when you can recognize a sunset, a historic building, jump to a portrait, all this almost in real time while moving the camera is spectacular. This also offers possibilities like recording videos in black and white in which the main figure remains in color. Again, we are talking about a mobile phone, something that we carry in our pockets and that opens up a field of incredible possibilities.
AI is not only able to recognize scenes, it really knows what it is seeing . That is why it is able to distinguish, for example, if we are in front of a nervous dog or an elegant cat and change the settings of the camera to offer clear and focused images through its recognition of objects and the tracking of these in real time.
Needless to say, this combination of lenses is especially effective when we talk about portraits. The ability to recognize the different objects and the planes in which they are found creates selfies and portraits, since it also works with the spectacular front camera with 3D recognition, creating the most optimized bokeh effects to date in a mobile.
Finally, and not least, the so-called ” Master AI 2.0 ” is a small adjustment and twist more to what an AI can do on a mobile. It will be our “photographic assistant”, indicating not only if we should use another shooting mode, but also giving us visual information to improve the framing of the photo.
Before finishing … we can not forget the video. The Mate 20 Pro is the first to incorporate the “Cinema Mode with AI”, which allows us to apply direct filters on the videos, the most spectacular being that which leaves the figures in color while the rest of the image is in black and white.
And is that at the end of the day, now we have our whole life on the mobile, and there are few sensitive data that we handle in our terminals. There also influences the AI, especially combined with the 3D depth sensor , which we have already mentioned, in the front camera. Not only is there something so prosaic like selfies, but it is an indispensable safety element.
The Mate 20 Pro has ” 3D Facial Unblocking “, this means that it recognizes our face, and only ours, almost from any angle. This allows not only to use funny animojis, but if we are not in front of the mobile, it will not be unlocked.
To this biometric security element must be added the innovative fingerprint sensor under the screen,
Although this element should be in the camera, it must be given its section. We are talking about HiVision , a system of intelligent recognition … of everything. And the Mate 20 Pro AI is able, through the camera, to see the world and give us information about products, buildings, places, etc.
Added to this are other technologies such as HiTouch , which allows us to find offers on what is in an image or, something also very useful, to translate in real time any text to which we point the camera.
In summary, we can mention that the Mate 20 Pro has a screen of 6.39 “FullView resolution 2K + AMOLED, which has up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage – expandable with the new NanoSD -, That its triple camera is the best we can find in the market (40 MPxf / 1.8 + 20 MPx f / 2.2 + 8 MPx f / 2.4) that also the front is not far behind (24 MPx f / 2.0) or has the greatest connectivity capabilities and a battery of exceptional performance. But if there really is an element that makes the “checkmate” to the competition is, following the chess simile, the intelligence that hides in its double NPU to move all these pieces on the board.