FullView is the way ahead
These are the variants
Huawei announced the flagship 5.9” Mate 10 and 6” Mate 10 Pro, and indeed there was no mention of a Lite version as leaks suggested.
Bezels are so yesterday
Both the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro go the bezel-free route, with a FullView Display. Interestingly, the 6” Pro feels like the smaller phone, due to the narrower 18:9 aspect ratio.
While there was some chit-chat about 4K displays, the Mate 10 features a 5.9-inch 2560 x 1440 LCD while the Mate 10 Pro’s display is a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 OLED.
Mate 10 vs Mate 10 Pro
Interestingly, largely design elements apart, both the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have similar specs. They each feature a Kirin 970 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and dual cameras with f/1.6 lenses. That camera setup includes a 20-megapixel color sensor and a secondary 12-megapixel monochrome sensor. The Mate 10 will have 4GB of RAM with 64GB memory, while the Pro has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Mate 10 Pro is IP67 certified water and dust resistant, meaning it can be submerged one meter deep for up to thirty minutes.
The AI factor
The hashtags for the Mate 10 came with the AI insignia, and on that front we were not disappointed. The Kirin 970 chip on the device includes what Huawei is calling an NPU, or neural processing unit, designed to handle tasks related to AI and deep learning. One of the key points highlighted was how Huawei’s AI processing will be able to significantly reduce the phone’s performance degradation over time, by building a model of how you use the phone and allocating resources accordingly. Of course, on stage, we had a few competitor names popping up and how they fare.
It seems almost too simple, simply pop a cable from the phone to your desktop PC, and you have a version of your phone on the display that you can work on. Not just that you can either use a standard keyboard to input data or use your phone as a virtual keyboard.
This is an interesting one, place the device next to an object, a flower, your pet poodle or even a beach, and the camera settings are adjusted accordingly. We need to try these out.
The Mate 10 Porsche Design
This was really sumptuous, in gorgeous black. And yes, the Porsche Design device is the most specced up of the lot, coming with 6GB of RAM and storage to 256GB.
In terms of colors, the Mate 10 comes in Mocha Brown and Pink Gold, with additional black, while the Mate 10 Pro come in Mocha Brown, Pink Gold, Titanium Grey and Midnight Blue.
So Huawei is also stepping into the 360 Camera space. At the event, they showcased a whole line of accessories, from SuperCharge Car Chargers and Hi-Res digital headphones