Huawei Announces the Mate 10 Lineup

As planned, Huawei has announced the new Mate 10 lineup of phones.  There are three variants of the phone, including an updated ultra-high end Porsche design model.  Designed with AI built into the phones, the Mate 10 offers excellent performance and camera quality, building on last year’s Mate 9 line up.

The first phone in the lineup, the Mate 10, is a 5.9″ Quad HD LCD display with a 16:9 ratio.  It has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and can be expanded up to an additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD slot.

The Pro and Porsche Design models are fundamentally the same phone.  They have 6″ Full HD+ OLED displays that render at a 18:9 ratio.  The Pro model has either 4 or 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage.  The Porsche Design has 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.  Both of these models do not have a MicroSD slot so the storage you buy is the storage you have on the phone.  Also, these two models do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.  All three models are essentially bevel-less.

Camera wise, all three phones are powered by the new Kirin 970 processor built by Huawei.  It has 4 Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8 GHz cores and is coupled with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU.  All three devices have dual rear facing Leica designed optics camera, one camera shooting 12MP while the other shoots at 20MP.  Equally, all three have a front facing 8MP selfie camera.

Powering all of this on all devices is a 4000 mAh battery.  Android Oreo powered EMUI is running on all of the phones with a heavy dose of AI in it to help with the user experience by bubbling up common apps and aiding in photo quality in the camera app.

The Mate 10 price wise will start around $830 with the Pro just over $900 and the Porsche Design over $1000.  The phones are slated to be available either late this month (for the base model) and mid-November for the premium models.  There are no plans yet to have the phones in the US market which likely means we won’t see them here until 2018.  That is pretty much in line with how the Mate 9 arrived here this year.

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