Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: Artificial Intelligence Makes them Magnificent

Huawei has just unveiled their latest flagship phones — the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. What’s the biggest feature that sets them apart from all the other phones that are available? Both the Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro have the new Huawei Kirin 970 processor, which supports their first AI mobile computing platform.

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: Artificial Intelligence Makes them Magnificent

photos courtesy of Helena Stone

Have you ever wished that your smartphone could learn what you like based on your usage and then adjust itself accordingly? That’s the whole point of the Mate 10 and Mate 10 pro’s AI-powered NPU (Neural Processing Unit).

Delivering the ultimate, intelligent mobile experience, the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro feature AI-based enhancements and machine learning that truly understand the way you connect with and experience the world.

Physically, there are some key differences between the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. The Mate 10 has a 5.9″ screen with 16:9 display, a barely there bezel, and HDR10 to support vivid colors. The Mate 10 Pro has a 6″ screen with 18:9 OLED display, a high screen-to-body ratio, and HDR10 for dynamic viewing. The Mate 10 has a fingerprint reader on the bottom front of the device, and the Mate 10 Pro has a fingerprint reader on the back. The Mate 10 Pro is also IP67 Water and Dust Resistant.

Both the Huawei Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro feature a “3D Glass Body” which is curved on all four sides; with no sharp edges anywhere to be found, they are comfortable to hold.

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: Artificial Intelligence Makes them Magnificent

The Mate 10 is on the left, and the Mate 10 Pro is on the right.

Key features of both phones include:

  • Kirin 970, the world’s first AI processor for smartphones with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU)
  • An all-glass design featuring a barely-there bezel, HUAWEI FullView Display, and HDR10 supported technology for intensely vivid and brighter colors
  • TÜV Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperCharge and 4000 mAh battery with AI-powered Battery Management
  • New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, featuring an aperture of f/1.6, and intelligent photography including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and AI-powered Bokeh Effect
  • An all-new, simplified EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0.
Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: Artificial Intelligence Makes them Magnificent

The Huawei Mate 10 is on the left, and the Mate 10 Pro is on the right.

Let’s take a look at the Huawei Mate 10 in hand. If you are still using a wired set of headphones, you’ll be glad to see that there is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the Mate 10.

And here’s the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in hand. I really like the clean front, the slightly larger screen, and the fingerprint reader on the back. You do have to give up your headphone jack if you go with the Mate 10 Plus, although Huawei will include a headphone jack dongle for the Type-C charging port.

I had the opportunity to fondle the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and the Porsche Design Mate 10 while we visited Huawei’s HQ in China. I have to admit that I am partial to the size of the device and the brilliant OLED screen on the Pro.

Both phones have a 4,000mAh battery which supports fast charging; Huawei told us that SuperCharge gives the Mate 10 a full day’s charge in just 20 minutes, which is way faster than wireless charging. So with the combination of a huge battery and SuperCharge, they don’t think you’ll feel like you are missing anything.

Once again, Huawei has partnered with Leica to co-engineer the dual lens camera for each phone. These lenses “combine 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6, AI-powered Bokeh Effect and AI-powered Digital Zoom. New AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition, which automatically chooses camera settings based on the object and environment, supports an advanced AI-powered Digital Zoom function with AI Motion Detection for clearer and sharper pictures.”

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: Artificial Intelligence Makes them Magnificent

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Worth mentioning is that the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will launch with the all-new EMUI 8.0; Huawei told us that they made the leap from EMUI 5 to 8 to better align with Android 8.0.

Features of EMUI 8.0 include:
• An AI engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970 processor
• An AI Accelerated translator to deliver faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience
• An easy projection feature to connect the new Huawei Mate Series to a larger screen.
• A Smart Screen function for an intelligent split-screen interface to run two apps side by side and support for a full desktop experience – either mirroring or extending the smartphone display, while personal notifications, calls, and messages remain private.

Huawei stressed that the new AI NPU will help ensure that the phone is fast when you first get it, but that it won’t bog down after a year or two of use like most phones will; EMUI 8 is “born fast, stays fast”.

One of the ways that having AI present on your phone will make a difference is in the camera; the camera will adjust in order to help you take your best picture. An icon will pop up when you are using the camera to alert you that the scene has been recognized and is being processed as text, food, stage (if you’re watching a show), outdoor landscape, snow, water, cats (yes, really), low-light, sunsets, plants, portraits, flowers, and dogs. In other words, if you are taking a photo of your sweetheart, the AI engine will direct the camera to set the perimeters for the best way to take a portrait-type photo, versus a photo you might take of an especially amazing dinner or a bouquet of flowers.

Over time, the AI model will continue to evolve, and more and more scenes will be recognized.

Once a scene is identified, the AI camera will adapt the capture parameters in real-time, and adapt the picture post-processing in real time.

One last feature that I should mention is the ability of the Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro to become your mobile PC without the need for the added expense of a dock. With the addition of a Type-C to HDM or DisplayPort cable, you’ll be able to connect to a monitor.

You’ll have four colors to choose from if you are interested in the Huawei Mate 10: Black, Mocha Brown, Champagne Gold, and Pink Gold. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will come in Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, Titanium Gray, and Pink Gold. There will also be an exclusive Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in Diamond Black. We don’t have prices or availability for the Huawei Mate 10 or Mate 10 pro yet, but I’ll update as soon as we do.

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.