Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro tackle photography with intelligent AI

Huawei has taken the wraps off the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, unveiling a phone with a deep focus on artificial intelligence and excellent photography. Sure, that seems to be the trend in 2017 anyway, but Huawei went all in on these devices.

First off, let’s get the specs out of the way. You’ll get Huawei’s incredibly powerful Kirin 970 CPU paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and Huawei’s highly touted neural network processing unit. The Mate 10 features a 5.9-inch 2k resolution display while the Mate 10 Pro packs a 6.0-inch 18:9 OLED display with a slightly lower resolution due to the tall aspect ratio.

 Huawei Mate 10Huawei Mate 10 Pro
AnnouncedOctober 16, 2017October 16, 2017
Display5.9" HUAWEI FullView Display16:9 LCD Display2560 x 1440 pixels, 499ppi16.7M colors, Color saturation(NTSC): 96%6.0"HUAWEI FullView Display18:9 OLED Display2160 x 1080 pixels, 402ppi16.7M colors, Color saturation(NTSC): 112%High contrast: 70000:1 (Typical)
ProcessorHUAWEI Kirin 970Octa-core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) + i7 co-processorHUAWEI Kirin 970Octa-core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) + i7 co-processor
Rear Camera20MP Monochrome+12MP RGB, f/1.6+ f/1.6 OIS20MP Monochrome+12MP RGB, f/1.6+ f/1.6 OIS
Front Camera8MP8MP
Battery4000mAh (non-removable)4000mAh (non-removable)
ChargingUSB Type CUSB Type C
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
ConnectivityWi-Fi 2.4G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct supportBT4.2, support BLE support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD AudioUSB Type CDisplayPort 1.2Wi-Fi 2.4G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct supportBT4.2, support BLE support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD AudioUSB Type CDisplayPort 1.2
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, gyro, compass, fingerprintAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, gyro, compass, fingerprint
Measurements150.5mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm
ColorsMocha Brown/Black/Champagne Gold/Pink GoldMidnight Blue /Titanium Gray/Mocha Brown/Pink Gold


What really stands out with the pair of phones is the camera, though. Both devices have the same Leica dual-camera system that combines powerful hardware with artificial intelligence to produce fantastic shots. The cameras are a 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochromatic sensor, and on its own, that kind of hardware is nothing to sneeze at. Huawei’s AI software helps the camera recognize scenes and objects in real time to apply bokeh effects and digital zoom to enhance your shots.

The devices sport a similar design utilizing a 3D glass body with thin bezels. The screens support HDR10 for some HDR content, but only the Mate 10 Pro is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance.

On the regular Mate 10, you’ll find a fingerprint scanner stuff in the chin of the phone below the display. On the Mate 10 Pro, that fingerprint scanner is moved to the rear of the device, following the trends of other flagship devices.

EMUI 8.0 will make its debut on these devices, layer atop Android 8.0 Oreo. There’s a ton of AI-enhancements here, too, which will supposedly help speed the device up while you’re using it by intelligently allocating resources and power.

Both devices are set to be released later this year for €699 and €799 for the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, respectively. The Mate 10 is due out later this month, while the Mate 10 Pro is slated for November. There’s also a slightly more expensive Porsche version again that debuts in November with the regular Mate 10 Pro, but nearly doubles its price at €1395.

At first, you can expect the phones to launch in Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. No word on other countries yet, but we’ll keep an ear out.

About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • Ware52

    I’m excited for these…