Sponsored by Honor.
Today’s smartphones are getting faster and more powerful, but Honor is upping the scale a bit and adding “smarter” to the conversation. The Honor’s V10 the company’s latest flagship phone and along with other specifications that puts it at the top of its class, the Kirin 970 SoC is adding an NPU to the mix. This Neural Processing Unit is a chip built onto the processor, designed to process AI and machine learning on the device, rather than in the cloud. This results in better performance, faster processing, and an overall better experience.
Image recognition is on the forefront of photography today…
Honor has long shined in photography, and now it’s taking it to the next level by integrating AI into the V10’s cameras. It uses AI to translate text the camera sees into different languages. You may think this is no different than any other phone, but the Microsoft-developed translation app takes advantage of the NPU to provide those translations faster and more efficiently than flagships using a cloud-based solution.
Image recognition is on the forefront of photography today, and once again Honor is using AI to enhance that experience even further. AI can accomplish a number of wonderful things when paired with your smartphone’s camera. It can recognize objects and scenes in a photo like sunny days, greenery, and even animals. It can adjust the scenes in the photo based on its contents to make it look brighter, sharper, or whatever else is required to plus up the photo. This is all done automatically in the background to give you the easiest and best camera experience possible.
AI built into your phone allows for some other neat tricks as well. The Honor V10 uses smart orientation to keep your phone rotated properly, even while you’re in bed. It can be a real pain having your phone screen flip on you when all you did was make the mistake of lying down. Plus, your phone can use your face to unlock your notifications. When it’s locked, your notifications are hidden. As soon as the phone recognizes your face looking at it, the contents of the notifications appear. This kind of tech is what’s finally making the smartphone seem “smart.”
Any AI or machine learning that an app needs saves time, cycles, and battery when power run through the NPU. There’s nothing wrong with cloud processing, but local is always better. For smartphones without an NPU, the cloud’s the way to go. But the Honor V10 has all the hardware you need right on the device.
Safe and secure
With AI becoming more and more part of our daily smartphone experience, we need to take steps now to ensure that process is safe and secure.
In addition to speed (there is much less latency when AI is locally processed), consider also security. Everything is done on the device, which keeps data transmission to a minimum. What’s on your device stays on your device, making your data less vulnerable to attacks, such as man-in-the-middle attacks. With AI becoming more and more a part of our daily smartphone experience, we need to take steps now to ensure the process is safe and secure.
The Honor V10 is a great device, NPU notwithstanding. The Kirin 970 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128 GB of onboard storage more than stack up against any other phone on the market today. The display is huge and gorgeous, adopting the new 18:9 aspect ratio display standard. The front-facing fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the phone is fast, accurate, and natural to use. The Honor V10 has a classic aluminum design that looks and feels great in the hand. It looks and feels like a smartphone that costs way more than it actually does. It’s a premium experience that doesn’t break the bank.
Rounding it all out
There are mid range phones, there are flagship phones, and then there is something else. The Honor V10 is something else entirely. It has all the power and capability of a flagship and an attractive, high-quality design wrapped up in a package half the price. The NPU built is icing on the cake; it puts this phone into a new class of smarter smartphones. What you’re looking at in the Honor V10 is the future of smartphones and AI.