The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are focused on mobile AI technology, with Yu explaining, “The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Huawei, unveiled its new flagship models, Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, at an event in Munich, Germany, while announcing that the phones would be available across 15 countries by November 2017. The company had released an official teaser for these mobile phones in August.
Comparing these new launches to Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 10, CEO Richard Yu of Huawei stated, “As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance.”
The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are focused on mobile AI technology, with Yu explaining, “The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit, launching a new era of intelligent smartphones.”
With near-bezel less displays and multiple functionalities, the Mate 10 has been launched at €699 (approx. ₹53,400), while the Mate 10 Pro has been priced at €799 (approx. ₹61,000). At least the price compares favourably with the iPhone X, which was launched at $999. Of course, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10, a special edition of the smartphone, has been priced at a whopping €1,295 (approx. ₹1,06,600).
Huawei Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch QHD LCD display that offers resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, while the Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes with a 6-inch Full HD OLED display, offering resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. Both come in a 3D glass body.
Both smartphones have been given what the company terms FullView displays, and aim at providing an enhanced video viewing experience. At the same time, both phones are also marginally smaller than their predecessors, since the bezels have been removed. Comparing these phones to Apple’s iPhone X, which achieved screen to body ratio of 81.26%, the Mate 10 beats it at 81.79%, with the Mate 10 Pro at 81.61%.
Both smartphones run on the HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor, which Huawei stated would deliver “AI enhancements for a faster, more customized mobile experience.” Kirin 970 is a 10nm chipset that comes with a 12-core Mali-G72 GPU, along with an NPU that is especially designed for mobile devices.
CEO Yu stated, in a press release, that the chipset used would support various AI features, including taking Bokeh effect for images, improved selfies, recognising what an object is “in a more efficient manner,” and more. It is “the most advanced chipset in a smartphone,” Yu added.
The Mate 10 offers 4GB RAM and internal storage of 64GB, expandable to 256 GB with a microSD card, while the Mate 10 Pro has two options, one with 4G RM and 64 GB internal storage and the second with 6GB RAM and internal storage of 128GB. However, there is no option for memory expansion for the Mate 10 Pro.
With regard to the operating system, it is Huawei’s EMUI 8.0, based on the Android 8.0 Oreo. Also, while both models come with a 4,000mAh battery, they have managed to get a slimmer body than iPhone X. The dual-SIM enables smartphones also support NFC.
Lastly, both models have received two rear cameras, one with a 20MP monochrome sensor and the other with a 12MP RGB sensor, mated with OIS, PDAF, SMOS, Laser Autofocus, CAF, dual-LED flash and Depth Autofocus.