Huawei’s latest flagship is official, and it comes in two varieties. There’s the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. Both are high-end phones with modern designs, big displays, and advanced software.
If you’re familiar with the Mate series, the new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will appear different. Huawei dropped the all-metal unibody from previous devices. The front and back of these phones are glass while the frame remains aluminum. The look you get from the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro is more like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG V30, which is especially true for the bigger model thanks to a stretched aspect ratio.
In terms of size, the Mate 10 is traditional. It has a 5.9-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Mate 10 Pro, however, has a 6-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. That makes the Mate 10 Pro slightly taller than the Mate 10, though it is lighter. Also, the Mate 10 Pro’s OLED display benefits from HDR10 support.
They share the same internal specifications. Huawei created minor differences in design but made both equally powerful. The phones feature a Huawei-made Kirin 960 with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, 20MP and 12MP cameras on the back, an 8MP front-facing camera, a 4000mAh battery, and Android 8.0 sitting behind EMUI 8.0.
Something new pushed by Huawei is the “neural processing unit.” When the phones were being teased leading up to today, the company emphasized that the Mate 10 is “an intelligent machine” and not a smartphone. Now Huawei can explain that silly thinking. The NPU in the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro handles artificial intelligence, meaning the phones can deliver real-time responses to users when handling scene and object recognition in addition to translation.
The cameras on the back, which there are two of, are once again co-engineered by Leica. One is RGB while the other is monochrome. Together they merge two versions of the same picture for better clarity and color accuracy.
Huawei won’t be releasing the two phones at the same time. Since the Mate 10 Pro is a little more complex, it’ll come a few weeks after the Mate 10. More than fifteen markets will get the Mate 10 later this month while more than two dozen countries get the Mate 10 Pro in mid-November. Pricing is set at €699 (around $825) for the Mate 1o and €799 (around $943) for the Mate 10 Pro.
Availability for the United States wasn’t mentioned in the press release, but the company did mention to members of the media at the launch event that the Mate 10 Pro will be offered in the country. It’ll likely come sometime in 2018, just as the Mate 9 was announced in late 2016 but didn’t reach the U.S. until earlier this year.
We’ll let you know right away when Huawei shared pricing and a release date for the Mate 10 Pro in the U.S., and you better believe we’ll get our hands on one as soon as possible.