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Huawei Mate 10 with world’s first SoC for Mobile AI Kirin 970 lands locally for PhP 32,990

By Jonnah Pante - on 18 Nov 2017, 8:23pm

Huawei Mate 10 with world’s first SoC for Mobile AI Kirin 970 lands locally for PhP 32,990

One of the most anticipated flagship smartphones have finally landed our local shores. And while most brands have been focusing on producing selfie-centric models and bezel-less devices, Chinese smartphone giant Huawei takes the battle to a whole new level with the powerful Huawei Mate 10.

Highlighting one of its standout features, the Huawei Mate 10 is the world’s first smartphone to have a system-on-a-chip (SoC) intended for Artificial Intelligence (AI) through the combined performance of Huawei’s new Kirin 970 and a Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU). This in turn results to 25 times better performance and 50 times greater energy for AI-related tasks.

A summary of Huawei Mate 10's powerful features with the Kirin 970 processor.

Result of image loading speed test between premium devices including the Huawei Mate 10 which recorded a high number of 2005 pictures loaded per minute.

Similar to its predecessor, the Huawei Mate 9, and premium models Huawei P9 and P10, the Huawei Mate 10 comes with a dual rear camera setup collaborated with Leica which takes the job of more than just taking photos. Thanks to the highly-capable Kirin 970 processor, using the Huawei Mate 10’s camera, users can also do other interesting features like counting food calories.

Using mobile AI, the Huawei Mate 10 can identify the food, its weight, and how much calories it has.

The Huawei Mate 10 carries a combination of a 20-megapixel monochrome camera and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, both with f/1.6 Summilux-H lenses. Its dual rear cameras also support Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Backside Illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Continuous Auto Focus (CAF), Depth Auto Focus, 2x Hybrid Zoom, and 4K video recording.

The rear part of the Huawei Mate 10 with its rear camera setup.

Since the device is an AI device, users need not to fret in adjusting camera settings as the Huawei Mate 10 is capable in adjusting it intelligently and automatically for users in different subjects and shooting environments as shown below.

Some of the camera modes of the Huawei Mate 10.

Summary of the Huawei Mate 10's camera specs.

The Huawei Mate 10 being an AI-powered device also allows upgraded mobile user experience with features like the Microsoft Translate. With this, users can perform voice translate, image translate, conversational voice translation, and text translate.

Another convenient feature of the device is its Easy Projection which permits users to have PC experience through a plug-and-play system. Simply connect a display, keyboard, and mouse to the Mate 10 using an optional USB Type-C to HDMI cable or adapter, and the Huawei Mate 10 will project an EMUI desktop display.

The Huawei Mate 10 flaunts a 5.9-inch screen with the company’s very own FullView Display in WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. Joining the Kirin 970 processor beneath the device is a 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM storage combination, and a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. The Huawei Mate 10 is also one of the first devices to have an Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, topped with Huawei’s new EMUI 8.0.

Running on 4,000mAh stamina, the Huawei Mate 10 is equipped with smart battery management system that understands user behavior and maximizes battery life. This is complemented with the Huawei SuperCharge technology which equates a 20-minute charge to a full-day usage.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Huawei Mate 10’s specifications:

Dimensions: 150.5mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm (H x W x D)

Weight: 186g

Display: 5.9-inch Huawei FullView display, 16:9 LCD, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 449 ppi, 16.7M colors

CPU: Huawei Kirin 970, Octa-core CPU, 4x Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.8GHz, i7 co-processor

GPU: Mali-G72 MP12 GPU

NPU: Neural Network Processing Unit

Operating System: Android 8.0

Emotion UI: EMUI 8.0

Memory: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4G, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct Support, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE support, aptX/apTX HD, LDAC HD Audio, USB Type-C, Display Port 1.2, NFC

Camera: (front) 8MP camera f/2.0, (rear) 20MP monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6 + f/1.6, OIS, BSI CMOS, Dual-Led flash, PDAF, CAD, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 2x Hybrid Zoom, 4K video recording

Battery: 4000mAh

Available in colors of Mocha Brown and Black, the Huawei Mate 10 is now available in all Huawei Experience stores and partner retailers nationwide for PhP 32,990. The Huawei Mate 10 also comes with a Porsche-designed variant although local pricing and availability of the said version is yet to be announced as of writing.