Huawei’s AI-Heavy Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are Here to Compete for Your Money

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If you are a fan of Huawei, you will be glad to know that the company has just taken the wraps off their latest phablet flagship, the Mate 10. Huawei has announced a 5.8-inch Mate 10 alongside the 6.0-inch Mate 10 Pro.

Jumping right to the specifications of the “smaller” Mate 10, you get a FullView QHD (1440 x 2560) display with a traditional 16:9 with HDR 10 support, curved glass design, Android 8.0 out of the box with EMUI 8.0 on top, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 970 SoC, Dual 12MP and 20MP camera combination with Leica optics, coupled with an 8MP selfie shooter.

There’s a fingerprint reader on the front lower bezel, however, the bezels have been shrunk and Huawei even bragged on how they managed to fit a fingerprint on it. Keeping the phone on is a 4000mAh battery with Huawei’s Super Charge technology delivering 58% charge in 30 minutes via USB-C.

Moving on to the Mate 10 Pro, it shares a lot with the Mate 10 including the same processor, camera optics, battery size, with the only difference being with the smaller top and bottom bezels, rear-facing fingerprint reader, IP67 rating for water and dust resistance and weirdly, a lower resolution display maxing out at 1080p but with a newer 18:9 aspect ratio and no headphone jack.

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The highlight of the two devices is that they are AI powered and Huawei was taunting of its AI capabilities throughout. Huawei claims that the Mate 10 will stay as fast and smooth as you first experienced it, even after 18 months of usage. Huawei has also applied some AI capabilities in the camera software to allow for “AI-Powered” bokeh effect, real-time scene and object recognition, real-time built-in translator for voice, texts, conversations and images for up to 50 languages, clarity in voice calls, even in noisy environments such as a train station, powered by AI.

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The most interesting announcement was Huawei’s version of the Dex/Continuum desktop experience. Unlike the two, Huawei’s implementation does not require an accessory. All you need is to connect your Mate 10 smartphone to a screen via the USB-C port, toggle PC mode on the phone and voila, you have a full desktop experience what Huawei is calling Mobile Office

The phone will start selling in November for €699 (Ksh.85,000) for the Mate 10 and €799 (Ksh.97,000) for the Mate 10 Pro.

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