We have finally been given a glimpse of the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro at a launch event in Germany.
The Huawei Mate 10 has a large 5.9in display, framed by extremely thin bezels at the top and bottom and even thinner ones down the left and right. It comes in black, “pink gold”, “champagne gold” and “mocha brown”.
Meanwhile, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has IP67 dust- and water-resistance, and a larger 6in OLED display, which is both higher in resolution and different in shape to the regular Mate 10. In fact, it has an aspect ratio of 18:9, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. In all other respects the Mate 10 Pro is identical to its sibling: it looks the same and has the same core components inside as well.
You can read more about the Huawei Mate 10 in our hands on review
The Huawei Mate 10 launch took place in Munich and started at 2pm CEST ( 1pm BST in the UK or 8am EDT/5am PDT.) The livestream was hosted on YouTube and the embedded video is below.
Huawei Mate 10: Release date
We knew 16 October would be the date the Huawei Mate 10 would be getting its grand unveiling. An invitation for today’s event featured the line: “Meet the device worth waiting for” and it had an embossed ’10’ in the background.
If there was any doubt remaining, Yu spilled the beans in his IFA keynote, confirming that the Mate 10 would indeed be the phone launching on 16 October. However, the Huawei Mate 10 release date may still be a couple of weeks (or months) away.
The Mate 10 will be available from late October 2017, the Mate 10 Pro will be available from mid-November and a third, Mate 10 Porsche Design will go on sale in November.
Huawei Mate 10: Price
At launch, the Huawei Mate 9 was priced at £599 and the Mate 10 is launching in Europe for €699. A listing found by Roland Quandt before today’s event showed the Huawei Mate 10 Pro coming in at around a hefty €930-940, which translates to around £830, however Huawei confirmed that the Mate 10 Pro will cost €799 at launch.
The Mate 10 Porsche Design is the priciest option, coming in at €1395. We don’t know the specific UK prices and release date yet.
Huawei Mate 10: Design
Now the Mate 9 was pretty unremarkable in design and quite honestly, dull. And not a huge deal has changed on the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
Yu had previously confirmed that the company would be going after the high-end of the market. In an interview, he told Bloomberg: “We will have an even more powerful product. The Mate 10, which has much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker changing speed, better photographing capability and many other features will help us compete with Apple,” significantly calling out Apple as their direct competition.
Then, renders of the Huawei Mate 10 hinted at an edge-to-edge screen with slim bezels on the top and bottom of the phone. 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. He later revealed more images of the phone in black, blue and gold. These renders and leaks have been confirmed during today’s launch, and represent a marked improvement on the slightly prosaic design of the Huawei Mate 9.
Huawei Mate 10: Specifications and features
Huawei is really going all guns blazing here in an attempt to rival Apple’s iPhone 8 with Yu himself claiming the Huawei Mate 10 series surpasses Apple’s iPhone 8. At a press briefing, Yu told reporters that the “phone will have much longer battery life, full-screen display, much faster charging speed, much better camera and photographic capability as well as much better overall user experience.”
In an article for VentureBeat, Blass confirmed that there would be three models in the series, currently codenamed Alps, Marcel and Blanc. These are the Lite, Standard and Pro models respectively. This was then supported by a Huawei listing in the China Compulsory Certification Authority which lists the two latter models. However, only Standard and Pro were unveiled.
Both run the Kirin 970 CPU with Mali G72 GPU, neural network chips designed to make the phones mimic the human brain. The Mate 10 Pro comes with 6GB over 4GB. The Mate 10 Pro ships with 128GB, but doesn’t let you expand this with a microSD card. The Mate 10 has 64GB internal storage but this can be expanded.
Both the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have 4000mAh batteries which work with Huawei’s SuperCharge and USB Type-C. Neither model offers wireless charging, though. The Mate 10 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t, and both are dual-SIM.
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