Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro Unveiled: Specs, Release Date, And Why They’re Called ‘Intelligent Machines’


Huawei has officially unveiled its newest "intelligence machines." They're actually the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, but the company wants to call them that to differentiate the devices from this year's crop of excellent phones. But differentiate with what? Well, how about artificial intelligence?

Huawei Mate 10 And Mate 10 Pro: Artificial Intelligence

But aren't modern phones already equipped with AI? For instance, Google's Pixel phones? Yes, but the technology works differently on Huawei's new flagships. Here's how: both phones are equipped with the new lightning-fast Kirin 970 octa-core processor, which is integrated with what Huawei calls as Neural Network processing units.

Huawei says the noticeable benefits of this AI-powered chip is more efficient battery consumption and better images. One example is real-time scene and object recognition, which uses AI to identify what's being captured — like stage, person, or even dog, as CNET notes — and adjust the camera to get the best image out of it.

"As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life," said Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, in a statement. "AI can enhance the user experience; provide valuable services and improve product performance."

Huawei Mate 10 And Mate 10 Pro: Specs

Between the two, the Pro is the more fascinating model, and it's actually the "main" one. It's got a 6-inch screen against the Mate 10's 5.9-inch display but with narrower bezels on all sides. They're not remarkably different from each other, however.

On the front of the Mate 10 Pro, there's no home button, meaning the fingerprint scanner has been relocated to back, just below the vertical dual cameras. The Mate 10, meanwhile, still has a home button, which also acts as the fingerprint scanner.

The Mate 10 Pro has a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080, which is oddly lower than the Mate 10's 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, but CNET notes the displays don't look noticeably different from each other.

The cameras on both devices are the same: a dual lens system consisting of a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor with optical image stabilization. There's also an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Like the LG V30, the dual cameras are at an aperture of f/1.6 — but here's the kicker: both cameras are f/1.6 each, while on the V30, only one is.

The main differences, apart from design, lie in power. The Mate 10 only has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage; the Mate 10 Pro takes it up to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. But both have a 4,000 mAh battery with SuperCharge technology and are running Huawei's latest EMUI 8.0, which is based off Android 8.0 Oreo.

Huawei Mate 10 And Mate 10 Pro: Pricing And Availability

The Mate 10 will start at €699 for the standard model, around $825, while the Mate 10 Pro will come in at €799, around $942. The Mate 10 is slated for late October, while the Mate 10 Pro comes a little later in mid-November. U.S. pricing remains to be announced.

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