At the launch event held in Munich, Germany, Huawei unveiled three new top-of-the-line smartphones in the Mate 10 series which comprise of the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design. This trend was also seen last year with 3 devices in the Mate 9 series.
The Mate 10 is the least power packed among the lot, which is closely followed by the Mate 10 Pro and then the premium Mate 10 Porsche Design. As claimed by the company’s CEO Richard Yu, the phones offer several functionalities that surpass the $1000 iPhone X and pretty much everything else on the market.
On the design front, the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro feature an all-new glass design with trimmed down bezels to match the trend. The Mate 10 Pro features an 18:9 ratio FHD OLED display having a resolution of 2160 x 1080 as compared to the 16:9 display on the regular sized Mate 10. Surprisingly, the normal Mate 10 sports a QHD LCD display rocking a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Among the two, the Mate 10 Pro seems more ergonomic as compared to the regular Mate 10 owing to its slightly narrow body. The Mate 10 Porsche Design features a design language similar to the Pro version with some added branding from Porsche.
The company has dubbed both displays as FullView displays and can be closely compared with Apple’s 2017 lineup of smartphones. The iPhone X claims to have a screen-to-body ratio of 81.36% which has been defeated by the Mate 10 Pro at 81.61% and the Mate 10 at 81.79%
Underneath the hood, the smartphones are powered by Huawei’s self-curated octa-core Kirin 970 SoC featuring four Cortex-A73 cores ticking at 2.36GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and an i7 coprocessor. This is coupled with the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU for enhanced graphics performance. With the Mate 10 series, Huawei has also introduced the neural-network processor unit (NPU), which is a dedicated processor for AI.
In the camera department, the smartphones feature a dual camera setup comprising of a 20-megapixel colour sensor and a secondary 12-megapixel monochrome sensor for getting additional detail. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel fixed focus selfie camera as well on both the Mate 10 Pro and the regular variant. Both phones also share the same battery capacity at 4000mAh. The Pro variant offers an IP67 rating and an IR blaster which the regular Mate misses out on, however, it makes up with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card reader.
Both smartphones feature a USB Type-C reversible connector for interfacing them to a computer. Speaking of connecting the smartphones to a computer, the devices can do much more than just transfer data. Huawei demonstrated how powerful their new processors were by connecting the smartphone to a screen and using it as a PC, similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 with the Samsung DeX. Except, Huawei’s latest lineup of flagship devices can do this without a dock which is pretty impressive.
On the connectivity front, the devices feature all the options offered by flagship mobile devices including dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and fingerprint readers. In the event, the company also touted that the devices could achieve a maximum download speed of up to 1.2Gbps, provided you hook it up to a carrier which can support that.
On the software front, the smartphones run Huawei’s custom user interface dubbed as EMUI 8.0 which is built upon Android 8.0 Oreo.
Together with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, the Mate 10 Porsche Design also made its appearance at the event which sports a premium design with more RAM and storage space. While the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro sports 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Porsche Design Mate comes with 6GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of storage. The company has also offered higher storage variants for the Pro at 128GB and 256GB with the Porsche Design.
The devices will start shipping starting November for EUR 699 (approximately about Rs. 53,400) for the Mate 10, EUR 799(about Rs. 61,000) for the Mate 10 Pro and EUR 1,395 (approximately about Rs. 1,06,600) for the Mate 10 Porsche Design.
The devices are all set to give flagships from rival companies a run for their money. The Chinese OEM has been swift in bridging the gap between its devices and smartphones from Samsung and Apple, and its 2017 lineup may just have an edge over others.
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