Huawei has officially launched its latest Android flagships Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro at an event held in Munich, Germany a few moments ago. Both these smartphones are the first offering from the company to feature the AI-powered Kirni 970 processor which it unveiled at this year’s IFA event in Berlin.
Both the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro sport 18:9 bezel-less display with HDR10 support which the company is calling the FullView display. The major difference between the two is that the former has a 5.9-inch Quad HD+ (2560 x 1440 pixels) LCD display and the latter has a 6-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) OLED display. The screen-to-body ration on these two devices is 81.79% and 81.61% respectively which the company claimed is higher than the Apple iPhone X’s 81.36%.
You will get a 20-megapixel (monochrome) and 12-megapixel (RGB) dual camera setup on both phones which has been developed in collaboration with Leica. It further features optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and laser autofocus but the most important addition is the f/1.6 aperture which will allow more light to enter as compared to the f/2.2 aperture on predecessor Mate 9. It further supports up to 2x digital zoom (AI-supported) and 4K video recording. As for taking selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter on the front.
Huawei has used the Kirin 970 chipset on both flagships which also features a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) along with twelve-core Mali-G72 GPU. The company claims that this new AI-powered chipset can offer “25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks.” It further offers Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and an AI Accelerated Translator. One of the interesting possibilities mentioned by Huawei includes the ability to connect the phone to a monitor and use it like a fully-fledged PC without having to rely on a dedicated dock.
In terms of battery capabilities, both phones are powered by a 4000mAh battery with support for a smart battery management system and fast charging. You will get 4GB RAM/64GB storage with the Huawei Mate 10 and 6GB RAM/128GB storage with the Mate 10 Pro along with microSD card support on both. Both these phones will be running all-new EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo including an AI Engine out of the box. You will get a fingerprint scanner and 3.5mm headphone jack with both variants.
During the launch event, Huawei also took the opportunity to announce the special-edition Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design variant. It is essentially same as the Mate 10 Pro but with 6GB RAM/256GB storage and a slightly different product design.
Huawei has priced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro at €699 (about Rs. 53,400) and €799 (about Rs. 61,000) with sales starting late October and mid-November respectively. As for the Mate 10 Porsche Design, you will have to pay €1395 (about Rs. 1,06,584) and it will go on sale from mid-November.