Last year, Leica announced that it was entering the mobile phone market in partership with China’s electronics powerhouse Huawei. Today, some of the fruits of that partnership are on offer in Huawei’s newest flagship Android phone, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
The Mate 10 features a dual camera system with a pair of f/1.6 Leica Summilux H lenses, a 20-megapixel monochrome image sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB image sensor. The lenses feature optical image stabilization and there’s a dual LED flash to help illuminate the scene.
Beyond the Leica lenses, the Mate 10 camera features a few new photo features powered by artificial intelligence. According to Huawei, the Mate 10 is the first smartphone to feature a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) designed specifically for mobile phones. NPU’s mimic the architecture of the human brain to process information.
The upshot is that the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are able to tap the NPU along with the new Kirin 970 processor to deliver real-time scene and object recognition, which alerts the phone to what’s in front of it to better optimize camera settings. The dual camera system and AI processor can also mimic the look of a shallow depth of field, similar to the iPhone’s Portrait setting.
There’s also an AI motion detection function to reduce blur. The phone’s battery life is also managed by AI–your usage patterns are studied over time so that the phone can manage apps and power use to prolong battery life.
The Mate 10 runs Android 8 and features a 5.9-inch display (2560 x 1440, 499 pixels per inch). The base unit features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The Mate 10 Pro sports a 6-inch display (2160 x 1080, 402 ppi) with an entry model delivering 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory.
There’s no word yet on whether the Mate 10 will actually be sold in the U.S. (Huawei and the U.S. government are not on the best of terms) but it is another indication of how pervasive AI-powered photo technologies are becoming.
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