AI is gradually becoming the new “normal” for smartphone manufacturers. From facial recognition to power efficiency, we have seen many applications of AI in the flagship smartphones.
Till now, it was challenging to figure out which company is truthfully advertising about their “AI chip” and whether they perform as described. We already have benchmarks for speed and graphics, but we never had any practical reference for comparing AI capabilities of a smartphone.
Fortunately, a group of researchers from ETH Zurich has successfully created an AI benchmark for assessing the performance of so-called “top neural networking chips.” And you won’t believe which smartphone has topped the list.
The Huwaie P20 Pro has managed to garner top position with AI-score of 6379. While OnePlus 6 and Sony Xperia XZ2 gained second and third positions with AI-score of 1875 and 1664 respectively, Samsung Galaxy S9+ grabbed the fourth position with 1494 AI-score.
Surprisingly, Pixel devices which Google claims to be at the top in AI technology were only able to garner a maximum AI-score of 1171. You can look at the current ranking of smartphones on their project website.
The new AI benchmarks app assess smartphones on nine computer vision AI tasks including image classification, face recognition, image deblurring, image super-resolution, photo enhancement or segmentation.
According to TechCrunch, The researchers believe that AI benchmark would turn out a handy tool for chip makers. And especially developers, who would get a clear image of which devices actually have the necessary AI drivers.
For Ignatov, the current AI situation in smartphones is “quite interesting and absurd.” The researchers found out that, Huawei’s Kirin’s 970 CPU was able to perform far well than Qualcomm chips, contrary to the claims of Snapdragon 845’s AI capabilities and 8x acceleration.
On the other hand, Samsung Exynos CPU was able to surpass Mediatek or as the company boasting advertisements say “Leading the Edge-AI Technology Revolution.”
The researchers are hoping that the new AI benchmark becomes a universally accepted metric, and help decide developers, chipmakers and even tech enthusiasts to get the actualities of AI claims of big phone manufacturers.
If you want to know where your smartphone stands on the AI benchmark, you can download the free app from Play Store.