Huawei attempts to add a new meaning to the term ‘smartphone’ with their upcoming Mate 10 Series. The Chinese tech giant finally unveiled the much-anticipated Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro at IFA Berlin last night and the specs sound, well, quite spectacular. The highlight, however, is the Kirin 970. It is Huawei’s own AI chip that was developed in-house, launched earlier this year and the Mate 10 Series are the first phones to be armed with it. Read on for our quick roundup of what you need to know about both the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
Kirin 970: There’s much to talk about the world’s first A1 processor for smartphones with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU). For starters, it delivers 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks. Secondly, the AI functions are processed on the smartphone instead of in the cloud, making the phone perform even faster. This also means the phone’s performance degradation over time is significantly reduced.
Display screen and design: The Mate 10 sports a 5.9-inch display while the Mate 10 Pro has a 6-inch screen. They’re both thin with a barely-there bezel and a 3D Glass Body. Only the Mate 10 Pro is water- and dust-resistant.
Rear camera: Both phones are equipped with a Leica dual-lens camera, featuring a combination of 12-megapixel RGB and 20-megapixel monochrome sensors as well as Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6. Here is where the AI chip extends the camera’s functions to give users AI-powered Bokeh Effect, AI-powered Digital Zoom, AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition. The chip is essentially able to detect the object and its surroundings to automatically adjust the camera settings.
Front camera: Both phones feature an 8-megapixel front camera.
Battery life: Packing a 4,000 mAh high-density battery, both phones support fast-charging (reach 1 percent to 58 percent in 30 minutes) and can last up to two days with ‘typical usage’ as reported by Huawei.
Security: The Mate 10 can be unlocked via the front-facing fingerprint sensor while the same sensor is located on the back of the Mate 10 Pro.
Operating system: The latest Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Misc: The Mate 10 features a 4GB RAM and 64GB memory space while the Mate 10 Pro has a 6GB RAM and 128GB memory space. Both support super-fast LTE connectivity and download speeds (although this depends on the network the user is on) as well as offer dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections.
Side note: You’ll also be able to extend/mirror the devices onto a PC for a full desktop experience.
Price and release date: According to Huawei’s Facebook, the Mate 10 will be available for pre-order beginning 19 October till 22 October at a retail price of RM2,699 (with freebies worth up to RM999). It will arrive in-stores on 28 October. The Mate 10 Pro is expected to drop in mid-November.
For more info, visit Huawei’s website.
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