Huawei revealed its latest flagship smartphones for 2017 with two of the most powerful devices in its history: the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro (as well as an exclusive version of the Pro model, called Mate 10 Porsche Design).
The Huawei Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) IPS display and a 16:9 screen ratio, while the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a 6-inch AMOLED screen with a trendy screen ratio of 18:9 (actually 2:1), as well as a reduced resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. It should be pointed out that the realistic surface of the ‘bigger’ 6-inch model Pro is actually somewhat bigger than the surface on the smaller 5-9 inch model, which is due to the screen ratio. The devices are very similar when it comes to their dimensions, while the Pro model is somewhat slimmer.
The Mate 10 Pro follows the latest market trend and does not have a 3.5-mm audio jack, which makes it a first for Huawei. This is why Mate 10 might be a preferred model for many users because it still has a 3.5-mm audio jack. In order to console Mate 10 Pro purchasers, it features the IP67 certificate, meaning it is waterproof and dust resistant. Additional added values includes 6 GB of RAM and 128 G of memory storage, compared to just 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory storage in the Huawei Mate 10. The models also differ when it comes to the selection of available colors, but everything else is identical on these two smartphones. The Huawei 10 Porsche Design is just like Huawei Mate 10 Pro, except it comes in elegant black and with 256 GB of memory storage.
All the latest devices of the Mate 10 series have the same three novelties: glass-metal finish, 10 nm Kirin 970 chipset and the dual rear-facing camera with the third generation Leica lens.
When it comes to the finishing touch, Huawei used glass for the front and rear surfaces. The back is curved along both horizontal and vertical axis, which contributes to the pleasant ergonomic feeling of holding such large phones. The phone’s rim is metal, while the transition to the glass surfaces on the front and back sides is exceptionally smooth. Huawei has drastically reduced display bezels, even on the 5.9-inch model with a 16:9 side ratio, as it boasted in Munich that both phones have a better display surface to entire front surface ratio than the iPhone X.
Indeed, both Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro look fantastic and robust … Even though they are difficult to tell apart. At first glance, the easiest thing would be to check whether the phone has a Home key under the display. The Mate 10 features it and it also includes the fingerprint reader, while it is omitted from the Mate 10 Pro, meaning the fingerprint reader is located on the back, under the camera lens.
Huawei revealed the Kirin 97′ chipset a month ago at IFA and these are the first devices featuring it. Apart from contemporary performance, which runs Android OS 8.0 (Oreo) perfectly smoothly, the particularity of this octa-core chipset and Mali G72 MP12 graphics is that it also includes NPU, i.e. Neural-network Processor Unit. Its task is to accelerate machine learning tasks through hardware, which is why Huawei claims the Mate 10 series introduces the greatest leap towards the application of AI.
The chip enables the software of these phones to learn from the user and takes intelligent guesses as to what they are doing or are planning to do. For instance, Huawei has enabled Kirin 970 to ‘learn’ how to recognize faces, objects or environment on millions of photos. This means that when using the phone’s camera in real time, before the actual shooting, it will know how to guess which part of the shot is taken up by a person, certain objects and which environment surrounds them and will appropriately suggest shooting settings in order to make images even better.
The phone can learn voice commands based on the same principle, as well as recognize various accents, translate speech and what is far more efficient, translate signs when the camera is directed at them. Again, in real time, as it will display the translated text on the screen before taking the shot instead of the actual sign.
Other chipset features include improved energy efficiency by 25 percent, as Huawei representatives claim, which makes the 4000 mAh batteries on both phones deliver exceptional battery life. Huawei claims users will be able to get two full days of usage without the need to recharge. Additionally, the Dual-SIM version will support 4G Cat 18/13 LTE connection on both SIMs when it comes to the Mate 10 Pro model, i.e. Cat 16 connection if the Mate 10 version is in question, also on both SIMs.
The dual camera has the same sensors as previous Mate models featured, however, the third Leica lens generation has a faster aperture of f/1.6 for better photos in low light. The 12-mega pixel RGB sensor now even has optical stabilization, while the selfie cameras have 8 mega pixels. I could not conclude in Munich if the cameras were indeed better, but with the mentioned advantages of Kirin 970 which are manifested while taking images and the faster lens, it can be expected that the quality of these photographs would be up there with the best when it comes to top-range smartphones.
The Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design should be available worldwide before Christmas and it is expected to arrive in the first markets during November. For the time being, the stated European prices are: 699 euros for the Mate 10, 799 euros for the Mate 10 Pro, and 1349 euros for the Mate 10 Porsche Design.