While I edit the video, here are my first impressions of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Huawei Mate 10
At an event held in Munich, Huawei launched not only a new smartphone, but 3 new teams: the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Edition. The Huawei Mate line is the top of the range of the company, which targets its Pro users. This line is the one that usually debuts with the new processors, which later become part of the P – P9, P10 – line of the company.
The Mate 9 was a major leap for the Mate line, as the Kirin 960, the processor built into this phone – and then seen on the P10 and P10 Plus – offered a leap huge in performance, matching and even beating the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, released 6 months later. Huawei and Kirin processors are doing what Apple does with their iPhones: introducing us to phones that are pushing the industry standard when it comes to performance.
Widely improved performance with the Kirin 970
AND the Kirin 970 on the Mate 10 seems to be another great performance improvement over the 960. This new processor is built under a new 10-nanometer architecture, reducing the size of the transistors and components that translate into greater energy savings and performance gains. Huawei emphasized this during the presentation, where a 30% improvement in autonomy compared to the Mate 9 was mentioned – despite the fact that both have the same battery capacity. Another improvement that we see with the Mate 10, is a more efficient GPU. The Kirin 960 – the previous processor – had a good GPU, but consumed quite a bit of power, so running a graphically heavy game or app ended up draining the battery quickly. The Mate 10 offers a GPU that is 50% more efficient, giving us greater autonomy with games and apps.
In my initial tests, the interface was extremely fluid at all times, which is something we can expect from a phone with such a powerful processor.
NPU, Neural Processing Unit, to make our smartphone really smart.
Another great innovation with the Mate 10 is the presentation of the NPU or Neural Processing Unit. This makes the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro one of the first phones to apply artificial intelligence to multiple phone tasks. We went through simple things like predicting which apps we will launch (to speed up the launch and improve the fluidity of the interface), to substantial improvements. This I could notice especially in photography subjects. Huawei has taken a huge photographic database and implemented it on the phone; In this way, you can detect what the camera is seeing and improve variables and adjust the values of the camera to improve shooting. If you detect pets, for example, apply different values than if you detect food. Or if you detect a scene with high dynamic contrast (scene with high brightness and darkness), apply the use of HDR.
It is impressive how the photographic experience has improved compared to Mate 9, in this first test with the phone. To take an example, the bokeh or unfocused background achieved thanks to its dual camera is now much more natural. Thanks to this NPU, you can even detect light sources in an image (bulbs, lamps) and make them look much more natural. In the P10 and Mate 9, the lights became only part of the background. Now? Now when we have a larger aperture, the lights get bigger and rounder, mimicking the effect we would have on reality. Awesome.
Edge detection when using the wide aperture has also been greatly improved.
Differences between the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
What differences can we find between the two models presented? Aside from the price (the Mate 10 starts at 699 and the Mate 10 Pro at 799), both teams have the same cameras and the same processor. The changes between the two are mainly static and of certain complementary characteristics.
The Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch 16: 9 screen; very similar to the Mate 9 in dimensions. However, the Mate 10 has a higher resolution display (QHD), and offers support for HDR 10. Now that Netflix and YouTube offer content in HDR 10, the difference is truly remarkable. This phone Comes with 4GBs of RAM and 64GBs of storage, expandable via microSD. This phone has reduced its edges (bezels) considerably when compared to the Mate 9; It is a phone much more compact and easier to use than the Mate 9. A true redesign for the line that makes it much easier to manipulate.
The Mate 10 Pro, on the other hand, comes with an AMOLED screen, with an elongated format, 18: 9 in 6 inches. But with a Full HD resolution instead of Quad HD Because of this, this phone is thinner and taller than the Mate 10 and, personally, it felt easier to use with one hand. Like the Mate 10, it offers a team with almost no edges at the top and on the sides. Where it differs from the Mate 10 is that the screen looks much more vibrant as a result of using an AMOLED panel. This computer also has 6 GBs of RAM and 128 GBs of storage. It is also waterproof, with IP67 certification. But on the other hand, not everything is positive: the team has lost the MicroSD slot to expand memory, in addition to the headphone port. Personally, I have no major problems with these limitations: I have been using Bluetooth headsets for years instead of wired with smartphones, and 128 GBs of storage should be more than enough for most. But why did Huawei choose to limit its Pro model with it?
Huawei has implemented a glass back on both phones, leaving its metal age behind. As a consequence, phones are no longer as slippery as before, but yes, they are fingerprint magnets. Huawei has included a plastic case (a case) in the box. It would be great if more manufacturers followed this example. This glass back, unfortunately, did not translate into the implementation of wireless charging on the computer, which would have been welcome on the phone, now that Apple has also decided to support the Qi standard of wireless charging. But the team continues to offer the Super Charge presented with the Mate 9, which is, in my opinion, the best quick charge system available on the market. It is extremely fast and unlike Quick Charge, it can be used with the screen on, while we use the phone. Thanks to this, it is possible to charge the 4,000 mAh battery in just over an hour and a half.
The battery is a subject that will have to be tested in more detail. An app or some system issue – it's pre-release software, after all – made it last shortly. But a quick update – released the day after the launch – has greatly improved it; now if it feels 4,000 mAh.
But of course, I'll have to use it as my primary phone to see if this Mate 10 Pro becomes the new king of battery life.
From what I have been able to appreciate so far with the Mate 10 Pro, the phone is a fairly solid proposal by Huawei. This radical redesign for the Mate line was really necessary to be able to compete with phones as colorful as the S8, G6, or iPhone X. Thin edges is definitely the trend of 2017, something you will get with the Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro.
I still have not been able to fully evaluate the screen, as I would like to compare it with the AMOLED panel of the S8, but for the moment, the fact that it is Full HD + has not been a problem in the image quality of the screen.
But from what I have been able to test and observe with the phone, with the Mate 10 Pro we have a serious competitor to the phone of the year.