Twenty-four hours ago, Huawei gave us the brand new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The new phones are very exciting, and we have been waiting for them for a very long time. Why, you ask. Let's take a deeper look.
What is under the hood?
The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro both have the All-new Huawei Hi-Silicon Kirin 970 with a "Neuro Processing Unit". What this basically means is a very enhanced Artificial Intelligence experience. The new chipset is built around artificial intelligence. It is used in many ways throughout the phone's interface. For example, it can recognize objects in the camera app and hence, can adjust the settings accordingly.
We have to wait to see how the AI turns out to be, but for now, we can assume it is a rather useful feature. Otherwise, the Kirin 970 should perform just like, if not better than the Qualcomm and Exynos counterparts. Huawei flagship phones have never had any problems with performance, and this time should be no different.
The first differences between the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro start when you look at the RAM and Internal Storage. The Mate 10 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Internal Storage. On the other hand, the Pro model gets 6GB and 128GB of RAM respectively. Those are right on par with phones like the LG V30 (and V30+), as well as the Note 8.
The differences continue when we talk about the displays. The Standard model gets the same display from the Mate 9 Pro but in a more compact body. The display on last year's Mate 9 was really good and still fits into 2017. With 1440p resolution at 5.9", the 499 PPI ( Pixels Per Inch) rating is very respectable. It is IPS, which means it does not have the contrast ratios of an OLED display, but it is pretty good nevertheless.
The Mate 10 Pro is quite a bit different, in a bad way in one case. The OLED display in the Mate 10 Pro measures at 6" and sports the latest 18:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, however, the resolution is down by quite a big difference. It goes from the 1440p of the standard Mate 10 to 1080p. This gives a big effect on the PPI rating, which drops down to 402 PPI. While it certainly is not bad, it is a very confusing move from Huawei.
The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have an absolutely amazing dual rear camera setup. It combines a 12MP sensor and a 20MP monochrome sensor. The two work together to make great photos. We still do not know much about it, and we have not seen that many photo samples. Either way, they will absolutely be state of the art cameras, and we can not wait to know more. The unique aspect of this setup is the fact that they both have an aperture of 1.6. That is the largest for a dual camera setup.
The front camera comes in at 8MP but does not have an ultra high aperture size. It comes in at 2.0 aperture size, but it does not fall short. Most other flagships come at this size for the front camera. It is sure to provide great photos, but will not record 4K like the rear camera does.
At 4000 mAh, Huawei really can not go wrong with battery life when it comes to those two phones. The batteries are larger than all competitors while retaining the same display size. A full battery should last you a full day easily, maybe even 2 if you are a moderate user.
Both smartphones have the same stereo speaker setup. The earpiece emits audio that is more oriented to give you a stereo feel. The other speaker, which is placed at the bottom is the more lively unit. It seems to be the one to dedicated to music, as it has more bass and more detail in general. The earpiece seems to be designed for watching videos or movies.
Overall, the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are great smartphones. They offer great designs and specs, with IP67 water resistance. They might not stand out with any immediate feature, but the Kirin 970 should prove itself when it comes to AI.
What do you think about the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro? Which one would you buy, if any? Make sure to tell us in the comments below, we would love to know your opinion!