Huawei has released the Huawei Mate 10 series on 16 October alongside with a special Porsche edition one. The trio offer flagship specifications and high-end flagship prices – but which one is for you? Let’s find out.
SPECIFICATIONS & HARDWARE
In terms of design, all of the three devices look-a-like but with a few exceptions – the screen and a few placements here and there.
All of the three devices come with Huawei’s latest Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset. In benchmarks, Huawei has improved their in-house chipset to a level when it’s just as good and just as powerful, if not than other Qualcomm devices.
The Mate 10 comes with 64Gb of built-in storage and 4GB of RAM while the 10 Pro comes with 128GB storage and 6GB of RAM. The special Porsche version comes with 256GB storage and the same 6GB of RAM. Among the trio, only the Mate 10 offers an expandable SD card storage option, though it’s notable to mention that you shouldn’t run out of either 128-256GB of storage, unless you record in 4K at all times and have a ton of games, applications on your phone.
The Mate 10 comes with an IP53 certificate that makes the device resistant against splashes and a small amount of dust, meanwhile the Pro comes with the usual IP68 certificate
All of the devices come with Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Infrared sensor and a USB-C port. Only the Mate 10 offers a 3.5mm headphone jack while it’s absent from the Pro or the special Porsche one.
The fingerprint sensor is placed underneath the display on the Mate 10 while the Pro variant has it on the back centre due to the small bezels and the slightly larger display.
The battery is 4000 mAh and they all offer Huawei’s own fast charging technology. On paper, it should offer a decent battery life for at least a day for even power users.
The design is nearly identical on all three devices. The all-glass design makes the devices on pair with other 2017 released flagships in terms of build quality and elegance. Sadly though, don’t expect to see wireless charging on any of these devices.
Huawei has decided to get a glass design instead of the all-metal one, which was unique to the Mate flagships in the past.
It’s sad to see that wireless charge isn’t available, but we guess you can’t get anything all at once…hopefully next year.
The Mate 10 comes with a HDR compliant 16:9 aspect ratio, 5.9″ QHD LCD display while the Pro sibling comes with slimmer bezels (more 2017 like) and 18:9 aspect ratio, 6″ AMOLED, FHD display. We don’t quite understand why this has happened, but this is what it is.
We would have prefer to see both devices come with AMOLED displays and with the same 18:9 aspect ratio with slim bezels on the side on the front, but perhaps next year.
The software is very much the same as before. It’s like an IOS version running on Android with a few additional features and design and layout.
The software’s highlighting features are mainly AI. The device basically learns your habits and sets up the device accordingly to save space, make it faster and to process faster – so it basically improves the overall usage and hopefully lifespan of your device by not letting it slow down.
Also, you might remember Samsung’s DeX that let’s you hook up your phone on a TV or a monitor via a dock. Huawei has a nearly identical technology that let’s you hook up your device to a TV or a monitor with a single USB to HDMI cable. You can use your device as a trackpad, keyboard which is certainly a great feature. The only downside of this is that while the Mate 10 is connected, it will not charge – perhaps to avoid overheating the device.
The camera is much improved thanks to the power of AI. All three devices feature the same dual camera setup of 20MP and 12MP sensors. The aperture is set at f/1.6 (12MP) and it has OIS, 2x lossless zoom, Leica branding, phase detection, laser autofocus and of course dual-LED flashes.
The front facing camera is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture.
We aren’t quite sure why Huawei made these changes to their Mate series, but they are certainly not all that bad. Sure, there are things that we find strange and would have love to see it differently equipped, but that’s just how it is sadly. Nevertheless, Huawei still provides a very stable and a much improved device over is predecessor, but perhaps not compared to all competitors such as Samsung or LG.
There are plenty other great devices out there and, if you would decide to pick up a different one because of the small downsides of the Mate 10/Pro flagships, we wouldn’t judge you.
The Mate 10 will be available in Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold, Pink Gold colour variants, while the Mate 10 will be available in Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Mocha Brown, Pink Gold. The Porsche Mate 10 will have a single colour variant of its own unique Diamond Black option.
The Mate 10 will start at €700, Mate 10 Pro at €800 and the Porsche design at €1400.
What are your thoughts about the new Huawei made phablet flagship devices? Will you be picking one up, or perhaps the downside factors will make you consider picking a competitor up? Let us know in the comments below!