Huawei launches AI-centric Mate 10 series

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Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business arm, unveils the Mate 10 series

Huawei continues its run of successful devices today with the launch of the Mate 10 series of devices in Munich. The devices have an all-new design, updated cameras and are heavily focused on AI thanks to Huawei’s latest Kirin chipset.

Huawei Mate 10: Kirin 970 AI Chipset

The star of the Mate 10 series will undoubtedly be the new HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor

The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be the first devices powered by the new Kirin 970 processor. The Kirin 970 is built using an advanced TSMC 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, and features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali G72 12-core GPU and the first NPU (Neural Processing Unit) designed specifically for a mobile device. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual ISP for AI-powered intelligent camera.

The specialised NPU, combined with Huawei’s innovative AI mobile computing architecture, means the Kirin 970 delivers 25 times better performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores.

Huawei Mate 10: Design 

With its edge-to-edge Huawei FullView Display, the Mate 10 features a stunning 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, an almost bezel-less design and HDR10 to support vivid colours. The 6-inch Pro features an 18:9 OLED display and supports HDR10.

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The Mate 10 brings Huawei in line with 2017’s biggest design trend

The devices feature a 3D curved-glass body and the back of the devices features a reflective band design to highlight the new Leica dual camera.

As with its predecessor, we’ll be seeing a special Porsche Design edition of Huawei’s new flagship.

Only the larger device comes with an IP67 water- and dust-resistant design.

Huawei Mate 10: Camera 

Huawei has again partnered with Leica to co-engineer dual lenses for its 10 series. It combines 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, an optical image stabilisation (OIS), dual lenses with an aperture of f/1.6, AI-powered bokeh Effect and AI-powered digital zoom.

The new AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition, which automatically chooses camera settings based on the object and scene, supports an advanced AI-powered Digital Zoom function with AI Motion Detection for clearer portraits and sharper pictures.

Huawei Mate 10: Battery

Both devices pack the same 4,000mAh battery featuring a smart power management system that analyses user behaviour over time and intelligently allocates resources to maximise battery life.

It supports 4.5V/5A low-voltage super charging, powering the device from 1 per cent to 20 per cent in ten minutes, and from 1 per cent to 58 per cent in 30 minutes.

Additionally, Huawei’s SuperCharge is the world’s first fast charging technology to receive TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.

Huawei Mate 10: EMUI 8.0

The new devices will launch with Huawei’s all-new EMUI 8.0 powered by new Android 8.0. Features include an AI engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970. Its strange to see Huawei make the jump from EMUI 5.0 to 8.0, but maybe it just makes sense to balance everything out for the consumer.

Huawei Mate 10: Price and availability

The prices for Europe are €699 (about Dh3,031) for the Mate 10; €799 for the Pro; and €1,395 for the Porsche Design edition. The devices should be available from October 30.