- Analysis by KJ David
Designed to be smarter than the Mate models that came before it, the Huawei Mate 10 introduces the Chinese brand's Kirin 970 processor -- one of the world's first AI mobile chipsets . Alongside its quad 2.36GHz + quad 1.8GHz main processing clusters , the 970 chip also comes with an i7 co-processor as well as a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) , the latter put in place specifically to make the Mate 10 compatible with future mobile AI-based applications. Also on board is the Mali-G72 12-core graphics engine , which is more than a decent match for its high-ranking eight-core CPU.
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Although its 4GB RAM sounds fitting, we expected somewhere around 6GB , considering that its EMUI 8.0 ecosystem (Huawei's self-branded overlay to the Android 8.0 Oreo OS) delivers functions like Pocket PC , which basically transforms the phone into a CPU when used in conjunction with basic peripherals like a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse.
Apart from hardware, the Mate 10 also flexes some premium muscle on the display front, touting a 5.9-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) Huawei FullView screen with the HDR10 technology and a high-tier 499ppi pixel density . Sadly, it does not share its Pro version's IP67 dust- and waterproofing , notching a con on its list of specs.
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Heading over to its imaging pros and cons, the Mate 10 is armed with a Leica Dual Camera setup at the back , comprising of a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor for picking out fine details and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor for standard shooting. Together, these cameras deliver things like AI-powered real-time object recognition and Bokeh Effect . Familiar flagship camera pros like optical image stabilization (OIS) and 4K-2160p video-recording join in as well. Regrettably, however, this high-end contender shudders on the selfie front, settling for a meager (by flagship standards) 8-megapixel fixed-focus selfie cam , while some of its rivals boast 13-megapixel-and-up selfie shooters in comparison.
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For its power supply, the Mate 10 comfortably sits on a 4000mAh cell accompanied by Smart Power Management and Huawei's own SuperCharge technology, promising a day's worth of standard usage on a 20-minute charge (These figures are based on controlled lab tests). As for storage, it does not go over the top, coming with only 64GB of memory , despite a few tantamount flagships being offered in 128GB and even 256GB variants. That said, it supports memory expansion of up to 256GB through its microSD card socket.
With a finish of either Black, Champagne Gold, or Mocha Brown tying its pros and cons together, Huawei's Mate 10 is bound for upscale shoppers who are willing to forgo a premium selfie cam and storage memory for a taste of hardware centered on AI technology.
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