The Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro have finally been formalized and are being presented as the first smartphones to be equipped with a chip dedicated to artificial intelligence. Do these phones actually introduce any useful new features or are they just overstating the importance of what are ultimately small and natural improvements to already existing features?
AI: from science-fiction to reality
The concept of artificial intelligence has been on the minds of all smartphone manufacturers this year. AI sells since it has become associated with Hollywood science fiction movies such as Steven Spielberg’s “AI”, Skynet in “Terminator”, the Nexus in “Blade Runner”, Samantha in “Her”, the androids in “Alien” and “Prometheus”, etc… Google and Microsoft have both announced that AI is the next step in mobile technology. However, Microsoft has not exactly been the most successful company in the mobile technology industry.
Leica has been able to create its own place in the world of smart phones allying itself with one of the most growing brands in the market. And gradually they are consolidating more and more that relationship. The new Leica dual camera comes integrated in the Huawei Mate 9, which has two sensors with notable improvements over the Huawei P9.
Leica Dual Camera
Leica’s first dual camera came with the Huawei P9. It was a camera that had two sensors with the same resolution: 12 megapixels.
But there was a difference between them. One of these was monochrome, so it captured the image in black and white, while the other sensor was RGB and captured the color image. Thanks to this, the monochrome sensor was able to capture more light, useful for combining the two captures in a single one that had more light data of the image, but with an also surprising level of color detail. The Huawei Mate 9 continues along the same path, but improving on it.
We respond some existential questions (and some more pressing ones) on the controversial Leica camera integrated into the Huawei P9
The first thing to clarify is that Leica does not manufacture the camera on the Huawei P9. In fact Leica does not manufacture sensors so that, technically speaking, not even the company itself manufactures 100% Leica cameras. What happens is that Huawei and Leica have co-developed the optics of the P9’s camera. This meaning that Huawei has provided the factory and Leica the experience.
If we believe the official version, Huawei and Leica designed the camera together, or rather the cameras of this unique phone. Chances are that Leica is limited to perform quality control, and presumably that Huawei will strive to give the best of themselves to manufacture the cameras, using Sony sensors by the way. All with a trade agreement that benefits both parties. Some get money and others prestige.