Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Huawei doubles attack on big phones with Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro

Huawei doubles attack on big phones with Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro

The Huawei Mate 10 will be available to markets including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia in late October for €699, while the Mate 10 Pro will be available to markets including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand in November for €799. The Chinese manufacturer has been teasing the two devices for months, but now the official details have been unveiled.

You'll find that this platform is backed by 4GB of RAM on the Mate 10, with an upgrade to 6GB on the Pro model.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note back, and steadfastly refusing to blow up in people's faces, the competition is far stronger this year; but there's also a raft of new big-screened competitors to contend with, including the 6in Google Pixel XL.

Here's all of the differences between the Mate 10, which isn't coming to the United Kingdom officially, and the Mate 10 Pro.

I'm yet to put the Mate 10 through our usual suite of rigorous benchmarks, but if Huawei's claims are anything to go by, this will deliver 20% performance uplift over the Kirin 960 in last year's Mate 9.

Huawei's large smartphones are now also water resistant with an IP rating of 67.

And beyond these major features, the Mate 10 still aims to impress, but you will get a choice of two, and they're quite closer.

It comes alongside the Mate 10, but the Mate 10 Pro is a phone you can really get excited about as it has improved some key elements we missed from most Huawei products. Until now, Huawei had obstinately refused to improve full HD, which is still the screen resolution of the Mate 10 version. Meanwhile the Mate 10 Pro will be available in mocha brown and pink gold as well, while the other two colours have changed to titanium grey and midnight blue.

The Huawei Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch display, which is the same as the Mate 9.

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Another important development on the Pro is the massive 6-inches, 18:9 display with 2160x1080 resolution and - finally - OLED technology.

While we don't want the term "phablet" to stick around, we definitely like bigger phones, offering not just more screen real estate, but a display that can take up more of the smartphone body than ever before.

Along with being bright and pin-sharp, this new screen also supports HDR, (High Dynamic Range), which makes content appear with brighter colours and richer blacks. They offer high-capacity batteries, Leica-branded cameras, and a user interface long on features (and short on restraint).

The Leica rear camera setup in both phones is a combination of 12MP RGB and a 20MP monochrome sensors and feature OIS. The Mate 10 is expected to arrive in Malaysia very, very soon, and it will be launched alongside the Mate 10 Pro. The phone then fails to unlock.

The Pro will have 6GB RAM + 128GB of memory while the Mate 10 will have 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. However, only the standard Mate 10 offers microSD expandability; Huawei seems to think this feature is irrelevant on the Pro, with that larger storage space.

"The Mate series has been their flagship series, they are trying to bring more AI baked into the phone like what Apple is trying to do with iPhone X", Neil Shah, research director of devices and ecosystems at Counterpoint Research, told CNBC over the phone. The smartphone is dual-SIM (Nano) and runs on the EMUI 5.1 based on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro launch on Android Oreo with Huawei's EMUI 8.0 software over the top.

Fans of battery longevity will be pleased to hear about the 4,000mAh capacity, which you can top up quickly with the TÜV Safety Certified Huawei SuperCharge – 20 minutes of charging is all you need to get you through the day. The new Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) is listed on Amazon at Euro 189, which is about Rs 14,450, and is available in several European markets as of now.

If you're hoping to get the Mate 10 from a United Kingdom store or network provider, think again.

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