Huawei has been using it’s in-house developed Kirin processor to run it’s devices for quite some time now. And if you were to ask a Huawei/Honor device owner, they wouldn’t deny the fact that the Kirin SoC indeed works really good. Atleast the one on my device does. And now in an attempt to compete with Google and Apple in the new sector of AI application processors, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu told the audience at the 2017 China Internet Conference, that the Chinese company plans to launch a SoC that will feature combined functions of CPU, GPU (graphics processing unit) and AI (artificial intelligence).

The CEO told the audience that the new processor would support the company’s EMUI interface and would likely launch in the second half of the year. The “Application Processor” while serving it’s role as a conventional SoC and graphics handling unit, would also possess AI capabilities and help the device with deep machine learning and performing multiple  tasks autonomously.

Along with the company’s focus on developing a new multi-functional processor, the CEO also told about their efforts on developing the Kirin 970 chipset, that is expected to run Huawei’s next flagship device- Mate 10. The Kirin 970 is being designed keeping in mind the financial security aspect, as Huawei plans to add support for credit transfers among banks in China. Yu also added that future Huawei smartphones would come with a chip that would allow the device holders to use their phones as car keys. The company has already made deals with car makers like Porsche, BMW and Audi for the security chips to be of practical utility.

Seems like Huawei is planning for a big and innovative year ahead.