Huawei is promising big things for its next big phone. Here's what we know so far about the Huawei Mate 10.
When does the Huawei Mate 10 come out? Available in Australia from 15 November 2017.
What’s new about the Huawei Mate 10?Kirin 970 CPU with NPU, dual lens Leica camera, enhanced Emotion UI.
How much will the Huawei Mate 10 cost? $899 outright.
What is the Huawei Mate 10?
While Huawei produces a significant quantity of budget and mid-range phones, it has two primary "premium" phone lines in the form of the fashion-led P series, typically announced at or around Mobile World Congress, and the more phablet-formed Mate series, usually announced in the October/November timeframe.
The Mate 10 is a 5.9 inch "phablet" style handset, although it's not the largest Mate 10 this year, as it's ever so slightly smaller than the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. That puts it in the company of handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Huawei also produce a Porsche Design version of the Mate 9, but that phone will not be officially sold in Australia.
Will the Huawei Mate 10 be powerful?
Where most other vendors opt for a processor solution from providers such as Qualcomm or MediaTek, Huawei produces its own premium silicon for its own phones, and for the Mate 10 and its sibling phones, Huawei has produced the tantalising sounding Kirin 970.
At the IFA conference in Berlin, Huawei CEO Richard Yu unveiled the Kirin 970 with a particular focus on artificial intelligence. Kirin 970 packs in an 12-core CPU alongside a 12-core CPU using a 10nm process, with what Huawei refers to as a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to handle AI tasks.
Huawei wants to pitch the Kirin 970 as an "open" AI platform leveraging the power of the chipset itself as well as cloud-based AI to more efficiently operate, and the overall claim, according to Huawei, is that it will outclass every other phone on the market. Huawei's Richard Yu stated to Bloomberg that the Kirin 970 would be even more powerful than the next iPhone, although how well that claim stacks up remains to be seen.
The short version, however, is that Huawei's Mate phones have always delivered plenty of power for performance users, and we'd expect that the Mate 10 will continue this trend. In 2017, however, with plenty of high-performance premium handsets on the market, it will truly have its work cut out for it simply to stand out.
On the software side, the Mate 10 will run on Android 8.0 ("Oreo") with an updated version of Huawei's "Emotion UI" launcher on top.
Will the Huawei Mate 10 have a good camera?
Huawei has made considerable progress in the camera space thanks to its tie-up with Leica for the Huawei P9, Mate 9, P10 and P10 Plus, and there are no signs that this will slow down for the Huawei Mate 10.
The Mate 10 sports dual cameras, specifically 20MP monochrome/12MP Dual f/1.6 lenses at the rear. The Mate 10's party piece is the inclusion of scene detection thanks to the Neural Processing Unit, with 13 automatically detected scenes including dog, cat and food photography settings.
How will I charge the Huawei Mate 10?
The Mate 10 charges its 4,000mAh battery via USB C.
Huawei has its own standard for fast charging, dubbed "SuperCharge". Huawei recently announced a partnership with TÜV Rheinland for safety checking of its SuperCharge technology, including safety, low temperature and thermal shock tests.
Charging and battery safety has been something of a sore point for larger phones in the light of the Samsung Note 7 fiasco, and while that wasn't a phone of Huawei's making, it's clearly taking phone charging seriously.
Is the Huawei Mate 10 water resistant?
The one feature that Huawei has never particularly pushed with its premium handsets has been the question of outright water resistance.
However, it's become more and more of a feature of premium phones, and we did note on a recent tour of Huawei's device testing labs that it's something Huawei can test for. However, the Mate 10 lacks specific water resistance, even though it's a feature on the Mate 10 Pro.
When will the Huawei Mate 10 be available in Australia?
The Huawei Mate 10 will launch in Australia on 15 November 2017.
How much will the Huawei Mate 10 cost?
While it's a premium handset, Huawei is aggressively pricing the Mate 10 at just $899 outright. It will be available through JB Hi-Fi and Vodafone when it goes on sale here.
Huawei Mate 10 Specifications
- Product Name
- Huawei Mate 10
- Display Size
- 5.9 inches
- Kirin 970
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- 8MP f/2.0
- Rear camera
- Dual lens 20MP Mono f/1.6, 12MP RGB
- 150.5mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm