Odds are, you’ve never heard of the Chinese mega -telecom corp. Huawei. But these might get you to perk up and take notice! The brand Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro bear a sleek glass body and offers a lot packed under the hood, including Artificial intelligence! That’s at the forefront of today’s technological development. We’re almost approaching towards the end of 2017 and we haven’t really had any implementation of AIs on our smartphones, at least not on a level good enough to be actually called as AI. Just a few days back, Huawei unveiled its Huawei Mate 10 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and catered to our wildest tech desires, a phone with AI at its core!
Huawei’s latest flagship device lineup of the Mate 10 does include a Kirin 970 processor, with an inbuilt dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) for artificial intelligence, making it the first phone on the planet powered by the Kirin 970.
The phone will be out in the stores in the November 2017.
At a glance the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro might look very similar, however there are great differences between the two, with the latter packing some confusing compromises despite its haughty moniker.
Design and Display:
Well, we’re not sure the world needed another pair of smartphones with an all glass back design. We’re glad that Huawei ditched its stale metal unibody design and tried something new and fresh. Ignoring the downsides and the risks of having a glass back, these phones look really good. Thanks to the accented stripe that runs across the top of the phones, calling out to the dual camera lenses. The Huawei Mate 10 retains the SD card slot and the headphone jack as well, however its bigger brother, the Mate 10 Pro seems to lack both. In place of the SD card slot, we’ve got more storage and more RAM on the Pro.
Talking about the display, the Huawei Mate 10 packs a 5.9-inch bezel-less IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display and the Mate 10 Pro packs a 6.0-inch bezel- less AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. As Surprising as it might sound, the Mate 10 pro packs in about 100 fewer pixels per inch compared to its counterpart the Mate 10 with their screen resolutions being 1080×2160 pixels and 1440×2560 pixels respectively. However, the Mate 10 is slightly easier for a one-handed use, due to its smaller display and the fingerprint scanner being placed on the front, whereas the Pro model has it on the back. Now that’s up to personal preference which one you’d like but we’ll go with the on in the front as it offers the convenience to unlock your device while its placed on a table without you having to pick it up.
Both the devices sport a dual lens Leica SUMMILUX-H Lenses. One of them being a Monochrome sensor with 23MP on the Mate 10 and 20MP on the Mate 10 Pro, and an aperture of 1.6, and the other one being a color sensor with 12MP and an aperture of 1.6 as well. The primary sensor(Color)also has an inbuilt optical stabilization to give you that smooth jitter free video experience.
However, a great camera experience also goes way beyond just the hardware, it also depends a lot on the image processing power of the processor. The latest Kirin seems to be promising and can differentiate between various subjects, like food and plants and automatically change the colors to offer a very vibrant and sharp resultant photo.
Huawei seems to have gone the extra mile and loaded Microsoft’s translator onto its demo units and it seems to be doing a pretty decent job translating across various languages, just take this with a grain of salt.
The camera sensor seems to be very promising, as it scored an astounding DxOMark Score Of 97, just one point behind Google’s Pixel 2.
Both the devices are powered by Huawei’s HI Silicon Kirin 970 octa core processor clocked at 1.8Ghz (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53). The Mate 10 offers 4 Gigabytes of RAM and the Pro comes packed with a whopping 6 Gigabytes of RAM. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro however is a few grams lighter, weighing at about 178 g versus the 186 g of the Mate 10. Both the phones come with a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU and come with Android 8.0 Oreo running out of the box. The phone also packs in a mighty 4000Mah battery, which should be more than enough to get you through about 1.5 days of regular usage before you run out of juice and have to plug it in to a wall.
The most significant upgrade here compared to the previous generation is the IP67 dust and water resistance. This feature is most welcomed, but really should’ve been included on both the models at this point, with the Mate 10 lacking this.
Huawei is using its own custom file-systems and AI engines for things like Ram management and Power efficiency instead of the ones coming in Android Oreo. As gobbledy-gooky as it might sound, these seem to be doing a decent job at keeping the phone running smooth and lag free. We must see better optimizations later on, once developers get their hands on the APIs and hook into the phone’s custom silicon
The phone run’s its own user interface, the EMUI 8.0. As pretty as it might look, it’s just a hasty repaint of the iPhone’s IOS.
The phones also seem to be running somewhat of a knock-off of the Samsung Dex, the feature that lets your phone sub-in as a desktop computer on a large screen that you’ve got lying around. However, you just need a USB to HDMI cable with DP support instead of a dock to run this one. The one area where Huawei has improved on Dex is the control of the screen you’re connecting it to, they do this with an idea lifted from Microsoft’s Continuum. You can use your phone as a track-pad while it’s connected to a screen.
The phone however lacks a wireless charging support but the charger included in the box can take you from a 0% to a 58% in a mere 30-minute time. That’s pretty impressive considering the size of the battery this device packs.
Pricing and Availability:
Huawei is keeping the exact pricing and availability of this device, close to its vest for now. However, reports say that the Huawei Mate 10 will cost about 700 Euros and the Pro costing a 100 Euros extra.
The phone comes with a fresh new design, a promising battery life and a camera that builds on a legacy of very impressive cameras from Huawei over the past few years, we can’t wait to get our hands on this one.