Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has announced the release of its new offerings: the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. While the company has not yet reached the heights of Apple or Samsung, these new handsets may well be set to tip the balance thanks to an innovative new chip that allows for some impressive AI.
The phones will run on Huawei's Kirin 970 chipset, which contains what the company is calling a Neural Processing Unit (NPU). This allows the device to understand multiple commands at a time, as well as being able to allocate resources effectively thanks to machine learning.
By picking up on a user's behaviour, the Mate 10 will – according to Huawei – be able to speed up or slow down certain processes and perform more effectively. The AI will also be used in combination with the dual rear cameras, as it is capable of recognising around 2,000 images a minute and adjusting the camera settings for optimum picture quality.
The main difference between the Mate 10 and the Pro model is the screens. The standard handset comes with a 5.9-inch LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9, while the Pro's 6-inch OLED screen is tall and thin with an aspect ratio of 18:9. However, the basic Mate 10 actually has a better resolution than its premium variant, at 2560 x 1440px compared to 1920 x 1080px.
There are other, subtle differences as well. The Mate 10 Pro interestingly doesn't come with a headphone jack, while the standard Mate 10 does. The fingerprint sensor is also placed differently, sitting on the front of the Mate 10 and at the rear of the Pro. Both models will come with a fast-charging 4,000mAh battery that can get from 0 to 58 per cent charge in just 30 minutes.
The two Huawei phones will be released in 15 countries between late November and early December, coming to Australia on December 4th. The Mate 10 will cost $899, while the Mate 10 Pro will set you back £1,099.