Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with built-in AI Prowess Launched

Huawei Mate 10
Huawei Mate 10 features the new Leica dual camera with f/1.6 aperture lens. (Image: Huawei)

Huawei unveiled on Monday its two newest high-end phones – the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, in a bid to challenge Apple and Samsung on innovation and pricing strategy.

Sizes and Shapes

With the launch of the new Huawei handsets, the Chinese giant officially joined the skinny-bezel bandwagon of 2017. Known for its stellar silicon design, it leverages this capability to improve its AI-related performance.

Mate 10 is the smaller phone at 5.9 inch 2560 x 1440 LCD while the Mate 10 Pro has a display size of 6 inches 2160 x 1080 OLED. The two phones have thin, symmetrical bezels at the top and bottom.

Mate 10 Pro has a narrower 18:9 aspect ratio, making it seems like the smaller phone and one among other phones with bezel-less design.

While probably feels very wide in the hand, the regular Mate 10 will still be suitable for Youtube watching albeit an unusually proportioned handset. Users will feel a distinctive heft while holding the phone, thanks to the combination of huge standard aspect ratio screen (16:9) and slim bezel. The screen also looks sharper in this one too.

Huawei Mate 10 is only 8.2mm thick and has a fingerprint sensor below its screen. It also has a headphone jack and microSD card slot.

The Mate 10 Pro, meanwhile, measures 7.9mm and has a fingerprint sensor which is placed around the back. It will have IP67 waterproofing and an IR blaster.

Huawei also released a Porsche Design special edition Huawei Mate 10 Pro that sports a ‘diamond black’ finish.

Other Key Specs of Mate and Pro Plus

  • Processor: Kirin 970 CPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Storage: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (Pro)
  • 6GB of RAM and ups the storage to 256GB (Porsche Design series)
  • Cameras: High-grade Leica dual cameras with f/1.6 aperture lenses. The camera setup includes 20-megapixel color sensor and a secondary 12-megapixel monochrome sensor designed to gather additional luminance information and detail. Both recent handsets’ camera setup share similarity with its predecessors P10 and other flagship phones made by Huawei.
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0

Key Differentiators

To set it apart from other flagships in the smartphone landscape, Huawei will be using the Kirin 970 chip, its very own processor made in its HiSilicon semiconductor arm. Kirin 970 includes an NPU, or neural processing unit designed to handle AI-related functions and deep learning.

The Kirin 970’s NPU is touted as Huawei’s core feature, its own bid to rival Apple iPhone 8’s and X’s A11 Bionic chip that also include a ‘neural engine’.

To resolve common complaints that Android phones’s performance dwindle over time, Huawei claims that its AI processing is the answer. Mate 10 will use on-device processing to build a model of how you use the phone and allocates resources accordingly with machine learning capability that can predict user behaviour while using the phones.

In what may be Huawei’s direct attack to the still unrivaled Apple’s raw CPU processing speed prowess, the Chinese brand designed the phone with on-device deep learning capability or artificial intelligence feature, bringing to the table its most distinctive capability yet – the image recognition feature.

On paper all these sound curiously interesting and amazing. In fact, it is hard to judge everything without having the phone in hand.

The Mate 10 and Pro will come in “mocha brown” or “pink gold” with additional black and gold finishes for the Mate 10 and blue and gray colorways for the Pro. Both phones feature glossy glass construction.

Pricing and Availability

The Mate 10 will be sold for $825 and go on sale in 15 countries this October, from Spain to the Gulf states, Australia and southeast Asia.

The bigger Mate 10 Pro will be priced at $943 and will ship in mid-November to more than 20 countries, including Germany, France, Italy and some Asian and Middle Eastern nations.

The luxury series Porsche Design edition will be $1,645.

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