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News/Event highlights:

  • Huawei announces 3 new Mate 10 smartphones, all powered by their latest Kirin 970 chipset.
  • Huawei announces a luxury smartphone in partnership with Porsche Design, named Porsche Design Mate 10.

At IFA 2017, Huawei is proud to announce the Kirin 970, the next chip that will power their current line of smartphones with AI or Artificial Intelligence capabilities and a dedicated neural-network processing unit (NPU) – which is now on their newer Mate 10 series. Since we didn’t posted any blow-by-blow coverage, we decided that we should do a round-up of what Huawei has announced from that event.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any Huawei Mate 10 Lite unlike what STS Despatch has reported earlier – it happens to be the Huawei Nova 2i, which is already announced and covered earlier.

These new Huawei Mate 10 phones are the first to have the latest EMUI 8.0 OS based on Android Oreo. In terms of design, there’s a new 3D glass body with that ‘Signature Stripe’ instead of a metallic body which its predecessor had.

Also, in terms of optics, the new phones sports Leica Dual Cameras with SUMMILUX-H lenses, which feature an f/1.6 aperture on its both 12-megapixel color and 20-megapixel monochrome sensors. Optical image stabilization (OIS) is only available on the color sensor, though. Bokeh and the beloved dramatic black and white modes from the previous Mate and P series are also available as well.

The AI feature of the processor comes into play on the cameras with real-time scene and object recognition.

Huawei Mate 10

Huawei Mate 10 (photo: Huawei)

Of course, we should go from the lowest-tier before the highest. Considered the regular variant, the Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch 2K HDR (2560 x 1440 px) FullView IPS LCD display with a whopping 499ppi, though it was still stuck with the ‘2016-ish’ 16:9 aspect ratio.

Inside, there’s 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal and expandable storage. All powered by a 4000mAh battery that has support for SuperCharge fast charging. It also comes with HDR 10 support as well as dual 4G SIM support and VoLTE connections.

Huawei Mate 10 complete specifications:

Display: 5.9-inch 2K IPS LCD display,  2560 x 1440px, 499ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass protection (front and back), HDR 10 supported
CPU/SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz Octa-core
GPU: Mali G72MP12
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
Storage: 64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB (hybrid slot, uses SIM2)
Rear Cameras: 2MP + 20MP dual Leica optic rear cameras with Dual Tone LED Flash: f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth auto-focus
Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0
Connectivity and Sensors: LTE Cat.18 (1.2Gbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC, Fingerprint scanner
Ports and Features: USB Type-C, DisplayPort 1.2, 384k 32-bit Hi-Fi Audio
IP Rating: IP53 (splash-resistant)
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
SIM: Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Dimensions and Weight: 150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2mm, 186g
Colors: Champagne Gold, Pink Gold, Mocha Brown, Black
Price: EUR 699 (US $825) / PhP42K

It will be available in late October for EUR 699 (US $825) / ~PhP42K in 15 countries including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines. More markets to be announced soon.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro (photo: Huawei)

Meanwhile, the better Mate 10 Pro comes with a 6-inch FullView OLED display with support for HDR as well. We are a little bit confused on why it comes with a lower Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 px) with a pixel density of only 402ppi instead of the higher 2K resolution and 499ppi its sibling had.

However, on the bright side, it sports 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage compared to 4GB and 64GB of storage, having the same 4000mAh battery and an IP rating of IP67 compared to only IP53 which the Mate 10 has.

Oh, did we say this one also ride the ‘goodbye-3.5mm-headphone-jack’ bandwagon as well?

Huawei Mate 10 Pro complete specifications:

Display: 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ FullView OLED display, 2160 x 1080 px, 402ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass protection (front and back), HDR 10 supported
CPU/SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz Octa-core
GPU: Mali G72MP12
RAM: 4GB/6GB LPDDR4
Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB (hybrid, uses SIM2)
Rear Cameras: 12MP + 20MP dual Leica optic rear cameras with Dual Tone LED Flash: f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth auto-focus
Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0
Connectivity and Sensors: LTE Cat.18 (1.2Gbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC, Fingerprint scanner
Ports and Features: USB Type-C, DisplayPort 1.2
IP Rating: IP67 (Water and Dust Resistant)
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
SIM: Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Dimensions and Weight: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm, 178g
Colors: Titanium Gray, Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, Pink Gold
Price: EUR 799 (US $945) / ~PhP48K

The Mate 10 Pro will be available in mid-November for EUR 799 (US $945) / ~PhP48K in more than 24 key markets and countries including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. More countries to be announced soon as well.

Huawei Porsche Design Mate 10

We aren’t foreigners with phones partnering with major brands, just like Huawei did with Leica – and also with Porsche Design (this is not new, actually started with the Mate 9). It also has a custom UI and sports the highest specs in the Mate 10 line.

Image result for huawei porsche design mate 10

The Porsche Design Mate 10 comes in a uni-body glass back with a classic diamond black color, reflecting Porsche signature design curves, and promising a luxury Mate 10 variant built for “strength and style.”

It comes in a special packaging with a VIP card, custom-designed leather case, and special black accessories, including black earphones.

Photo: Huawei

Huawei Mate 10 Pro complete specifications:

Display: 6-inch 18:9 2K OLED FullView display, 2160 x 1080 px, 402ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, HDR 10 supported
CPU/SoC: Hisilicon Kirin 970 2.4GHz Octa-core
GPU: Mali G72MP12
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB (hybrid, uses SIM2)
Rear Cameras: 12MP + 20MP dual Leica optic rear cameras with Dual Tone LED Flash: f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth auto-focus
Front Camera: 8MP
Connectivity and Sensors: LTE Cat.18 (1.2Gbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC, Fingerprint scanner
Ports and Features: USB Type-C, DisplayPort 1.2
IP Rating: IP67 (Water and Dust Resistant)
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
SIM: Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Dimensions and Weight: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm, 178g
Colors: Diamond Black
Price: EUR 1395 (US $1640) / ~PhP84K

Since this is a luxury edition smartphone, expect a luxurious price as well. The Porsche Edition Mate 10 will be sold at EUR 1395 (US $1640) / ~PhP84K and it will be available starting November 2017 in select countries: Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Omen, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, and UK.


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