Huawei is introducing three flagship Android smartphones to compete with Note8 and Pixel 2 XL. There’s the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 10 that are mostly differentiated by color and display capabilities. All have the same Kirin 970 processor and one of the best cameras to-date on a smartphone thanks to a collaboration with Leica. In addition each offers Dual-SIM, Dual-4G, and Dual-HD-Call support for world travelers.
The Mate 10’s boast Leica Dual Cameras with zero shutter lag, optical image stabilization (OIS) with the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6. On top of that there’s AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition that automatically alters the camera settings in several common shooting scenarios. An AI-powered Bokeh effect is possible to create a background blur effect. 20-megapixel mono and 12-megapixel RGB dual sensors handle rear shots, along with an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.
All Mate 10 smartphones use an artificially intelligent chipset with dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU). It learns to understand an owners’s habits and predicts its most efficient mode to optimize performance and battery life. Furthermore, all devices support 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging. That allows powering the device from 1 percent to 20 percent in 10 minutes, or from 1 percent to 58 percent in 30 minutes.
The differences between the phones appear in the displays. Can you spot them in the photos above? The Mate 10 uses LCD and Mate 10 Pro gets OLED with higher contrast. Also, there’s a slight size difference. Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch screen (16:9), while the Mate 10 Pro gets a bump to an even 6-inches (18:9) and is slightly thinner. The Porsche Design model (pictured very top) is a cosmetic enhancement of the Mate 10 Pro. All utilize a front and back glass body that’s curved on all four sides. The Mate 10 Pro comes in Titanium Gray, Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold and the Mate 10 is available in Black, Mocha Brown, Champagne Gold and Pink Gold. The Porsche model is available only in Diamond Black and includes a custom made leather case.
Memory and storage differ with Mate 10 at 4GB RAM/64GB storage. Mate 10 Pro adds a 6GB RAM/128GB storage option, and Porsche Design Mate 10 is only available in the highest spec at 6GB/256GB. Interestingly, Mate 10 has a headphone jack, but that’s dropped on the Pro / Porsche models. However, a headphone adapter is included for the USB-C charging port. Mate 10 Pro and Porsche phones are IP67 water and dust resistant, but Mate 10 is not. All run on Android 8.0.
Price and Availability
The Huawei Mate 10 will be available starting in late October 2017 in more than 15 countries and regions including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be available beginning in mid-November in more than two dozen countries, including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 will also be available starting in mid-November 2017.
|HUAWEI Mate 10||64GB + 4GB||€699||Late October 2017|
|HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro||128GB + 6GB||€799||Mid-November 2017|
|PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10||256GB + 6GB||€1395||Mid-November 2017|