Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC paves way for on-device AI capabilities

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In related news, while Apple's iPhone 7 series are the best selling devices worldwide, claiming the top 2 spots, it isn't a Samsung smartphone that sits in third place.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei took the IFA 2017 stage to unveil their latest mobile processor, the Kirin 970. As expected, the Huawei Mate 10 appears to have an edge-to-edge display with significantly thinner bezels. Right off the bat, the screen we notice is nothing like the Galaxies and LGs we've witnessed this year. This debunks the rumors of the Huawei Mate 10 releasing with an under-display fingerprint scanner.

We'll know for sure what the Mate 10 will look like, and where the fingerprint sensor will be placed on 16 October, when it's unveiled at an event in Munich. That might disappoint some fans, but it does look like the regular Mate 10 will have thinner bezels than the Mate 9.

Today we have a 360-degree render of the Huawei Mate 10 based on CAD drawings.

What do you think of this new design?

On the back, the Huawei Mate 10 sports a dual-camera setup. The screen will measure 5.9-inches, and yes Virginia, it will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

With the Mate 10 not being announced for another five weeks we expect to see a lot more details of it leak between now and then. The smartphone will most likely include 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

Without giving specific sales data for either company for the previous three months, Counterpoint's research director Peter Richardson said Huawei's first successful toppling of Apple represents a significant milestone for China's largest smartphone brand, and "speaks volumes of how far this primarily network infrastructure vendor has grown in the consumer mobile handset space in the last three to four years". Apple is set to reveal the iPhone 8 on September 12, USA time, which tells observers: Huawei's time at second spot may be done sooner rather than later. Although that may be the case for now, Huawei's success over Apple is believed to be short-lived, according to Android Central.

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