There is a lot of talk lately about the Artificial intelligence , especially in the world of mobile telephony, but what is it really used for? What does it bring in a smartphone like the Huawei P20 Pro ?
The first thing to note is that you can not count on a true Artificial Intelligence system just by trusting in the process in the cloud. It is what many who advertise by saying that they include AI systems but few brands add true hardware components that generate authentic Artificial Intelligence systems. This allows obtaining a Real AI , which processes locally but also uses the power of the entire cloud environment. It has the best of both, many more capabilities and, above all, an almost immediate response.
The Huawei P20 Pro, as before also the Huawei Mate 10 , integrate the new Kirin 970 , the most powerful processor of the Chinese brand that has an important detail, in addition to CPU and GPU, has a new processing unit: the NPU or Neural-Network Processing Unit (NPU) . This is the element that gives a real AI to the new mobile phones of the firm.
Calling “brain” to the NPU of the P20 Pro is not arbitrary. The reality is that the functioning of this element is quite close to how the human does, saving distances.
A Traditional CPU It is limited to collect a series of orders and to respond to these depending on the programming you can use. It would be an online data processing (or in parallel if we have several processors), but they all take an order, solve it and move on to the next one.
The NPU It works very differently. As in our daily life we receive many stimuli that lead us to solve a problem or give an answer, the NPU, unlike the CPU, can use previous data, solutions that it has obtained in all situations, predict the result to anticipate an order , etc.
This translated into real cases implies that, for example, the NPU of the P20 Pro is able to identify, to know what’s in an image to then activate, for example, a shooting mode. But not only that, but it is capable of doing so at the rate of 2005 images per minute, 25 times faster than a CPU and spending 50 times less energy.
In the end, technology is useless if it is not useful, and this is what has been tried with the IA of the Huawei P20 Pro . But the first thing we have to forget is that there is an entity or assistant that wants to translate our wishes. The Huawei AI is for, precisely, that we do not notice that it is there, but it helps us in almost any aspect of our interaction with the mobile phone.
For example, our P20 Pro is able to know not only when we use it but how we use it and, most importantly, predict how we will use it. If we are someone who takes many photos, we spend time on social networks or we like to listen to music. Not only that, but we do it more in the afternoon since in the morning we are more concerned with email or a certain professional messaging app. In addition, the weekend we are fans of taking pictures because we have a new pet, we want to get as “cute” as possible.
All these stimuli are collected by the NPU and are transformed, for example, into models and energy management strategies to save when needed, deactivating this or another element, and be at full capacity when necessary. Getting in practice not only take more hours from the battery, but always have reserved energy for when we need it most, and in the long run, a longer battery life.
Another important element that reflects the Huawei IA is in the Photography . As we have commented before, the P20 Pro not only knows what photo you are doing but what is in the photo: if it is our son / daughter, a pet, food, a landscape, if it is still, if it is moving, etc. . This allows that, without doing anything, the mobile itself chooses the best way to take that image, which goes beyond the twenty modes that are included. Elements such as Night Photography Master wave AI Motion Detector they allow you to adapt the brightness of a scene or keep focusing on a moving element by predicting where it will be next.
Needless to say, this applies to elements such as the identification of the edges of the images for Apply a perfect bokeh effect or of background blur or that it is even possible to label the images in an intelligent way and then make a search as natural in the gallery as “landscapes”, or beyond “landscapes of the holidays in XXX”, since the AI is also capable to read metadata like the date, the geolocation and remember that in the agenda we had some dates marked as vacations.
We can also find an example of the AI applied to the camera of the P20 Pro in image stabilization for videos and long exposure shots (up to 8 seconds freehand), since the AI is able to foresee and discard frames or photos distorted by the movement to achieve an optimal result.
But perhaps where we notice it most is when in addition to being configured or adapted to the situation, the mobile itself recommends things like the perfect frame for the image we want to take.
In short, the better IA , like the P20 Pro , it is not the one that tells us “jokes”, but the one that helps us that day to day, the use we give to the mobile is increasingly simple and productive. The user does not have to do anything other than be himself, it is the mobile, in this case the Huawei P20 Pro, which will learn to adapt and give the best of its technology.