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Huawei outs AI-powered Mate 10 and Mate10 Pro

By Jonnah Pante & Liu Hongzuo - on 19 Oct 2017, 10:15am

Huawei outs AI-powered Mate 10 and Mate10 Pro

Huawei Mate10 in highly-polished Black.

Chinese mobile giant Huawei has launched their newest handsets which will be taking on titans like the Galaxy Note8, and the iPhone X – the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

The Huawei Mate 10 smartphone will have a 5.9-inch FullView display in 16:9 aspect ratio rated at 2K (2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution). Its larger, edge-to-edge brethren is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, with a 6-inch FullView OLED HDR display in 18:9 aspect ratio at 2,160 x 1,080 pixels resolution. This aspect ratio and panel size allowed Huawei to fit a more prominent display within a phone that typically houses 5.5-inch panels.

Both phones feature the same Multi-Axis Curved Design where all four edges are curved, with a glass body and a glass finish. Mate 10 Pro offers IP67 water resistance, while Mate 10 has IP53-rated water resistance. Both phones also use the same SoC (system-on-chip), the HiSilicon Kirin 970. This new chipset is Huawei's crown jewel, as it features a power-efficient, yet powerful Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that is built explicitly for A.I.-related tasks, such as image recognition.

On the back, you'll see a stripe design that runs across their dual rear cameras. The rear cameras follow the same configuration as the ones found on the P10 and P10 Plus: one regular, RGB shooter at 12-megapixels, and one 20-megapixel Monochrome shooter. The rear camera system has two ISPs (image signaling processor) to help reduce the wait between each snap, increasing its overall throughput by 25%. Another new trick up the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro's is an A.I. Engine. It helps photo-taking users by swiftly identifying the scene, and applying the best adjustments to bring out your subject - be it a building, person, or pet. They've also implemented Leica's expertise with the use of dual f/1.6 Summilux-H lenses on the rear.

Both phones will also come with Android 8.0 OS (Oreo), with Huawei EMUI 8.0 on top. They can be directly plugged into a monitor with a USB (Type C) to HDMI cable which will bring up the phones' Easy Projection mode on the bigger display. Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro users can still use the phones to take calls and reply messages while they work on their documents with a desktop interface helped along by wireless keyboard and mouse. No dock is required for Easy Projection.

The phones are compatible with LTE Cat 18, with a maximum throughput of 1.2Gbps (using 4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM, and aggregated bands of 5CC CA in 3 FDD + 2TDD format). Their dual-SIM configuration allows for 4G connectivity and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) on both slots. Both phones will also pack 4,000mAh battery capacity, with Huawei's SuperCharge fast-charging technology.

The Huawei Mate 10 will come out in colors of Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold, and Pink Gold, while the Huawei Mate10 Pro will be available in hues of Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, Titanium Gray, and Pink Gold. Similar to the Huawei Mate 9, the Mate10 Pro will also have a Porsche Design version.

Local pricing and availability of the new handsets are yet to be announced.