Fall is synonyms with phablet launches now. Samsung and Apple already released their wild cards, but Huawei has something special up its sleeve. Huawei just launched its Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design. The three iterations have a few differences that make each one more special than the other. Yes! Even the basic Mate 10.
Huawei designed the new Mates to take on the phones of 2017 in every way possible and quite frankly they have outdone their competition
Huawei Mate 10 phones were just announced at an exclusive event in Germany. The rumor mill was as accurate as ever. Huawei designed the new Mates to take on the phones of 2017 in every way possible and quite frankly they have outdone their competition.
There are several significant differences between all the Mate 10s and we will elaborate on all of them. Starting things off, Huawei Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch LCD panel which supports a QHD resolution at 2560×1440 pixels, whereas the Mate 10 Pro has a 6-inch OLED display with FHD resolution at 2160×1080 pixels. This certainly sounds weird but the unusual differences don’t stop here. Huawei Mate 10 comes with a headphone jack and expandable storage whereas the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t have a headphone jack but has an IR blaster instead. The Mate 10 Pro doesn’t have expandable storage. The Pro version does have a dual-sim slot though. Mate 10 pro is IP 67 certified whereas the Mate 10 is not water or dust-proof. Mate 10 Pro also has a Samsung DeX like feature where you can connect your phone to a screen and use it as a desktop computer. The best part about this technology is that the phone doesn’t share any data with the screen and you just need a cable that supports a USB Type-C connection on one end and HDMI on other unlike Samsung DeX feature that requires an expensive dock. The phone can also be used as a trackpad which is a pretty neat feature.
It is also worth noting that the Mate 10 has a fingerprint reader at the front of the phone while the Mate 10 Pro has a fingerprint reader at the back of the phone below the camera module. The screen-to-body ratio of both the phones is almost the same. The Mate 10 Pro has been given a better design language by making it taller and the display has an aspect ratio of 18:9 like all modern Android flagships.
Now that we have covered the difference between the two versions (Porsche design will be covered later as it is the same as Mate 10 Pro with only a few specs changed and different design). Here is a rundown of the spec sheet.
Huawei Mate 10 specs
Case: Curved glass body with metal frame
Processor Chipset: Kirin 970 chipset (10nm), Octa-core processor (Cortex-A73 2.4GHz + A53 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
Display: 5.9″ IPS LCD, 1440p resolution (499ppi); up to 730 nits brightness, HDR10 support
OS: EMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Camera: 12MP color + 20MP monochrome, F/1.6 lens, OIS, Hybrid Zoom, phase-detect and laser-assisted autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, 4K video capture, Leica branding
Memory & Internal Storage: 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot (hybrid, uses SIM2 slot)
Front cam: 8MP, f/2.0 lens
Battery: 4,000mAh; Huawei Fast charging (58% charge in 30 min)
Mate 10 Pro (Difference)
Display: 6.0″ AMOLED, FHD resolution (402ppi); HDR10 support
Memory & Internal Storage: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
Connectivity: Cat 18 supported
Mate 10 Porsche Design (Difference)
Memory & Internal Storage: 6GB RAM, 256GB storage
Design: Porsche Exclusive
Getting done with the specs, it is important to talk about the all new processor that Huawei has been marketing lately in this phone. The processor is basically the core of the technological innovation of this phone. Even the camera relies heavily on the newly introduced AI.
The processor is basically the core of the technological innovation of this phone
Kirin 970 processor is based on the 10nm processing technology which means it is very powerful and highly efficient when it comes to handling mammoth tasks. The processor is 25% faster than its predecessor and the GPU is 4 times more powerful. Those are amazing numbers no matter how you look at those and Huawei Mate 10 is all about numbers and real-life performance. The new processor is also 50% more efficient than the already energy efficient Kirin 960. The new Mali GPU (Mali-G72MP12) is 8 times more power efficient than its previous iteration. These are huge leaps for battery endurance.
Apart from all this speed, the processor includes an all new NPU (Neural Processing Unit) which controls the AI capabilities of the phone. It is way ahead of Apple’s Bionic chip A11 which was only able to recognize faces. The NPU in Kirin 970 helps accelerate in the machine learning tasks of the phone.
Firstly, the NPU includes image recognition. Huawei claims that it has already learned 100 million different images that it can recognize. This leaves very less objects, especially those mainstream objects that the phone will have to learn from the beginning. The phone will already be faster than anything on the market. The second part is voice recognition. The NPU has already learned from so many voice samples that it can easily recognize new voices. Lastly, the NPU can do real time language processing which Huawei also claims has been already been worked upon thoroughly by subjecting the NPU to various texts that it can effortlessly read all the texts and even translate them.
If there is one thing that Huawei has exceled at more than its competitors, it’s in the camera department
If there is one thing that Huawei has excelled at more than its competitors, it’s in the camera department. Mate 10 takes it further and comes with Lecia branded lens. There is a dual-camera setup with the RGB lens having a resolution of 12MP and the monochrome lens having a resolution of 20MP. The two lenses are high grade Leica SUMMILUX-H lenses. Both lenses have OIS (optical image stabilization) and both the lenses have an aperture of f/1.6, which is the highest ever for a phone. This means you will be able to take excellent pictures during night.
The camera also has neat features up its sleeve. The module can detect 14 different scenes automatically, without having you mess with the controls, and take the best shot possible. This is exactly how cameras should be thanks to the NPU on board.
The camera has machine learning algorithms that allow for better hybrid digital zoom. The portrait mode also benefits from machine learning technology and produces better bokeh effects and accuracy. The front snapper comes at 8MP with an aperture of f/2.0.
Mate 10 series comes with 4,000mAh battery which is one of the largest to be found. The best part is that the phone is now more energy efficient and the machine learning helps the phone conserve battery. Huawei claims that the phone can last up to 2 days on a single charge. Huawei’s quick charging technology can also charge the Mate 10 up to 58% in just 30 minutes. There is no wireless charging on board because Huawei claims the battery was too big for the wireless charging coil to fit.
We really love the Mate 10 with its amazing chipset, machine learning capabilities and camera. Also, the fact that the device will retain 89% of its performance even after 18 months of use seems really reassuring. We don’t like the fact about Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro having different features, especially Mate 10 having a better resolution than the Pro version and getting an expandable storage while the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t have any expandable storage option.
It will always be a thought provoking decision for the buyers while buying a variant of Mate 10. We would suggest you go for the Pro version as it has all the modern capabilities like having an AMOLED panel, being sleek, being waterproof, having the desktop feature and with 128GB storage, you won’t be running out of space any time soon.
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