Huawei have just announced their new flagship handsets, right before the festive season, urging you to treat yourself this Christmas. The Chinese company have two new devices to offer, The Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. Huawei have decided to go with something a little different, making the handsets unique, But we will touch on that later.
Huawei have decided to go with the flow in regards to the bezel-less solutions other top tier company’s choose to use – Which means you’ll receive a much more pleasurable display. The bezel’s surrounding the handset are hardly noticeable, and the top and bottom bezel’s fit nicely, whilst just having enough room for the Huawei logo, a button on the Mate 10 (Fingerprint scanner), and the front facing camera. One of the main differences between the two devices is in the screen size and the shape. The Mate 10 features a 5.9 inch 2560×1440 IPS LCD, and the Mate 10 Pro receives a 6 inch 2160×1080 OLED display. I’m a little bit disappointed with the display of the Mate 10 Pro as 1080p doesn’t really do the device justice – Even with an OLED.
Huawei have assembled the two devices differently. The Mate 10 has an aspect ratio of 16:9, whilst the Mate 10 Pro has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Both work well within the given display but I have to give it to the Mate 10 – The wider screen size makes good use of video viewing, although the smartphone feels very wide in the hand. It appears to feel more natural with the 16:9 ratio. Having said that, the Mate 10 Pro tends to follow the footsteps of Samsung and Apple, with a narrower aspect ratio and bezel-less surround, which isn’t a bad thing as it feels more comfortable in your hand.
Both devices come in an array of colour options. The Huawei handsets come in “mocha brown” or “pink gold” with additional black and gold finishes for the Mate 10 and blue and grey colour options for the Mate 10 Pro. Surplus to that, Huawei have partnered up with Porsche Design to add an extra Mate 10 Pro handset into the mix. This one however, is “diamond-black” and is a much more business like device. Instead of an accent of colour going across the back of the handset, you now have a vertical strip with a Porsche Design logo embezzled on the back. You also receive a few extras in the Porsche Design box, for instance, two charging cables, and two power bricks.
Now let’s take a look at the hardware; Both devices internally, are similar specced. The Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro both feature a Kirin 970 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, a 4000 mAh battery, 64 GB of storage and a dual camera setup with f/1.6 lenses. The main camera on the back of the handset features a 20 megapixel colour sensor and the additional camera features a 12 megapixel monochrome sensor. The monochrome sensor is designed to gather additional luminance information and detail, as with the P10 and other recent Huawei flagships.
Additonally, the Mate 10 Pro has an extra variant. If you were to choose this, it would include 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, as oppose to 4GB and 64 GB in the standard variant. Also, the Porsche Design model ships with 6 GB of RAM and an upgraded 256 GB of storage.
Both devices also use USB-C and Hauwei have developed a desktop mode that’s similar to the Samsung’s DeX, although Samsung’s version didn’t really work out. Instead of using a docking station, all you need to do with the Mate 10 is plug it into a a monitor with the cable supplied and you can then use your phone as a desktop. The mouse is controlled via a screen on your handset and you can use it just like any old computer. Additionally, there’s support for using external equipment like a mouse and keyboard. Huawei say you should expect to get around 3 hours of use in the desktop mode.
I mentioned earlier that Huawei had decided to go for something a bit different to what we normally see from the likes of Samsung, and basically any android device so far. The Kirin 970 CPU, which was developed in-house at the company’s HiSilicon semiconductor arm.
The 970 includes something called an NPU. If you can hazard a guess, it’s along the lines of AI. Yep, it signifies something called a Neural processing Unit which is designed to handle tasks related to AI and deep learning. They claim the AI will be able to drastically reduce the phone’s performance degradation over time, which the company have identified as a mjor problem in current Android devices. The Mate 10 uses deep learning to judge when and what you want to do with the handset, and sets resources aside for whatever you want to do with the device. In the long run, this might work but you won’t notice it straight out of the box.
To summarise, Hauwei looks to be getting into gear with it’s latest handsets, bringing new technology and additional resources for the forthcoming – AI. Let’s hope it lives up to the expectation!
Huawei has set European pricing at €699 ($824) for the Mate 10, €799 ($942) for the Mate 10 Pro, and a staggering yet unsurprising $1,395 ($1,645) for the Porsche Design Mate 10 Pro — the release date hasn’t been announced yet, nor have any plans for a US launch.