Huawei unveils AI-powered flagship Mate 10 phones

Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is the first to pack firm's Kirin 970 processor

Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is the first to pack firm's Kirin 970 processor

Huawei's new set of wallpapers that they are sending pre-installed on the new Mate 10 series of phones is now available for download for the handset in your hand too. The Kirin 970 SoC has a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit for Artificial Intelligence (AI), and it's an octa-core CPU with four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and other four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. While the Huawei Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch 1,440 x 2,560 screen with a pixel density of 499 pixels per inch, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a 6.0-inch 1,080 x 2,160 display with a pixel density of 402 pixels per inch. The Mate 10 will come with 64GB of internal storage, but the bigger Pro variant will also be available with 128GB of storage.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have similar designs. There are 13 different object and scene recognition modes including pets, sunset, portrait, flower, food, and text which help improve the outcome of your pictures. This was later confirmed by Blass who tweeted an image of the Huawei Mate 10 on 19 September, which showed off a new phone with an all new form-factor and an edge-to-edge screen. At the launch event Huawei stressed a lot about how the smartphone is focused on heavy users.

It seems odd to us that Huawei has decided to equip the supposedly 'Pro' model with a lower-resolution display, but the move to the more vibrant OLED should offset this somewhat.

The Mate 10 Pro (and the Porsche Design Edition) also features these specifications, but with a few enhancements. And on the software side, you also get some moody Porsche Design-themed icons and wallpapers. Both these sensors sit under f/1.6 glass, which is wide enough to let plenty of light through. This smartphone also comes with a 4000mAh battery. The two, which is the phone and the larger screen, can also be used as independent screens.

Though it has become more focused on mid-tier and premium phones and reduced its appetite for market share at any cost, it still has a long way to go. Both the smartphones sport near-bezel less display and are the company's answer to Apple's iPhone X.

We've only had a very limited time with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro so far, but the early signs are very promising.

This smartphone is also powered by Huawei's in-house Kirin 970 SoC and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

In March Huawei vowed to focus on profit margins and reduce spending this year after posting its slowest profit growth in 5 years in 2016. The Mate 10 Pro has a screen-to-body-ratio of 81.7 percent, whereas the Mate 10 has screen-to-body-ratio of 81.6 percent. On the connectivity front, the devices include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, and USB Type-C port.

The Huawei Mate 10 is tipped to be a major step up from its predecessor with a recent leak claiming that the phone will feature a 6.1in Quad-HD AMOLED display.

Depending on where you live you may not even be able to choose between them, but assuming you do have the choice make sure to check our full reviews for both before buying either, because specs don't always tell the whole story. The smartphones come in a Blue, Pink Gold, Black, and a Champagne Gold color.

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