As part of a promotion to kick of Spring, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is now on sale for $649.99 through various retailers including Amazon. The special promotional pricing will be good now through April 14th. That is a savings of $150 off the regular price and is the lowest price so far on the flagship phablet from Huawei.
I reviewed the Huawei Mate 10 Pro last month and as I put in that review, it is one of the best phones out there right now. Huawei has done a fantastic job with the overall design of the phone and the Android Oreo built EMUI 8 user experience is excellent.
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After weeks of rumors and leaks, the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus have finally been officially announced by the Chinese manufacture. The two new phones follow up on last year’s P10 lineup and they both bring some serious specs to the table.
Both devices are powered by the Huawei Kirin 970 SoC, the same one used in the larger Mate 10 Pro. The P20 comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the P20 Plus will sport 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Neither device supports memory expansion, just like the Mate 10 Pro.
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Huawei has suffered yet another blow in their efforts to break into the US smartphone market. Retailer Best Buy is reportedly not replenishing their current inventory of devices such as the Mate 10 Pro and will cease selling them once inventory is gone.
The news adds to what has already been a very rough start to 2018 for the Chinese manufacture in the United States. In January both AT&T and Verizon pulled out of carrier deals with the company after being pressured by the United States government to do so. This forced Huawei to look to retail channels like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and B&H Photo. So far, only Best Buy has indicated they will not be selling the device any longer.
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This morning I posted my review of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and as I put in that review, if you are looking for an outstanding flagship phone, this one should be on your shortlist. Now it turns out that Huawei wants to give you an even bigger incentive.
Now through March 23rd you can pick up the Mate 10 Pro for $699 at Amazon and other retailers. That’s a savings of $100 off the regular price. The price is good for either the Midnight Blue (which I reviewed) or Titanium Gray.
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When it comes to flagship devices in 2018, there are certain expectations you have in that device. It is going to have a solid display, likely 18:9. It is going to have solid performance, excellent battery life and cameras that give you those great shots every day no matter the conditions. That is a significant list of demands and few phones fully meet all the criteria. But the latest flagship from Huawei, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, does so brilliantly.
Building on the solid foundation of the Mate 8 of 2016 and the Mate 9 of 2017, the Mate 10 Pro is an evolution of all the things Huawei has learned on their phones. While this is evident under-the-hood with their updated, AI-driven Kirin SoC, it is also in the more visible parts too. EMUI 8, the company’s take on Android Oreo, is everything that the previous version where not. In other words, it is intutitive and solid. I actually like EMUI now. Add to that an impressive dual camera configuration with Leica optics and you will get stunning photos from the phone too. It is a pretty complete package that is fun to use.
Recently I was sent a Huawei Mate 10 Pro by Huawei USA to review and after using it, I can easily recommend it for those of you who are looking for a flagship phone. At a price of $799, it is certainly in the flagship price range but you’ll find very few compromises with this phone.
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After being in beta for the last couple of months, the EMUI 8 update for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus is now rolling out globally. EMUI is Huawei’s own variant of Android and the version 8 build is based on Android Oreo. The release has started but it appears that Huawei is slow rolling it for now. It could be several weeks before the update gets to everyone.
The update for the Huawei P10 and the P10 Plus is build 220.127.116.110(C636) and this build appears to be for all variants of the devices (single-SIM, dual-SIM). The update also comes with the February 2018 Android Security Update patch.
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The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have a significant bug fixing update rolling out in the manufacture’s home country, China. The update brings a number of bug fixes and stability improvements to both devices. The update to EMUI, the company’s Android Oreo build, is version 18.104.22.168 (SP1C00) and it is the same for both devices.
From an optimization perspective, there are seven improvements noted in the release notes for the build.
- Optimizes Camera and the Navigation dock.
- Optimizes the Beauty feature by adding special touches based on the genders of the photographed subjects.
- Optimizes the accessibility of the Navigation dock, which can now be used in Ultra power saving mode and the notification panel.
- Optimizes the system power consumption by controlling the consumption of third-party apps
- Simplifies the operation of the status bar (tapping on it to return to the call screen is supported).
- Increases the speed of grabbing WeChat lucky money.
- Enjoy being faster than the rest even when in the same network environment.
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Over the weekend, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro became available for pre-order from several retailers, including Amazon. The $799 flagship phone will ship on February 18th and if you buy it at Amazon, you get a $150 Amazon gift card with it. Not a bad deal.
As with previous Huawei phones, the Mate 10 Pro will come with a selection of EMUI themes that are unique to it – for now. As these things go, it doesn’t take much to extract these stock themes and now you can download them yourself for your current Huawei or Honor phone. In all, there are 9 themes that come on the phone and you can download the files here in one ZIP file.
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