HUAWEI STILL WON’T DIVE DEEP INTO THE U.S. MARKET
HUAWEI TEASES U.S. CONSUMERS WITH NEW MATE 10 PHONES
Huawei may not be well-known in North America but think of it as the Apple of China (despite Apple products being made in China). They just announced the newest phone in their highest end line: Mate 10.
The Mate 10 sees Huawei jump on the skinny bezel, large screen bandwagon with a 5.9 inch LCD display at 2560 x 1440 pixels. The Mate 10 Pro edition sports a 6 inch 2160 x 1080 pixel OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display. The phones display content with a 16:9 ration screen for the Mate 10 and 18:9 ratio screen for the Pro.
The Pro actually feels like the smaller phone due to its screen ratio and its thickness. The Pro is 7.9 mm thick while the 10 is 8.2 mm thick. Both contain fingerprint sensors; the 10 keeps it on the bottom of the home screen and the Pro keeps it on the back of the phone.
Both editions share the same hardware with both running 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, 970 CPU Kirin chip, dual cameras with lenses of F/1.6 and a 4,000 mAh battery. The Pro will feature an IR blaster, IP67 waterproofing and 6 extra GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The 10 will get a headphone jack and a microSD card slot (will the Pro ditch the jack like Apple did?).
Huawei has a working partnership with Leica (one of the best cameras ever) so the Mates’ 20 megapixel rear-facing color sensing camera gets a 12 megapixel monochrome sensor (also on the back) to boost quality even further.
Look at that photo detail.
Both phones will support USB-C connection and in an effort to beat Samsung’s DeX, will release docking support to allow desktop compatibility. The Mate, however, will be able to plug directly into monitors with the phone automatically resizing apps for monitor use. While plugged in the Mate can also run apps on the phone screen and allows for notifications to be blocked for privacy. The Mate can last about three hours when docked to a monitor.
With the invention of Bixby and improvements to Google and Siri, Huawei is pushing the capabilities of its Kirin 970 CPU chip. This Kirin chip will supposedly reduce performance lag that occurs on phones after extended use and allow for smarter AI learning to better understand the user (more than Bixby or Siri).
More importantly, both phones come in mocha brown or pink gold colors with a black and gold finish for the 10 and a blue and grey finish for the Pro. Huawei has a habit of partnering with Porsche to create limited edition phones. The Porsche edition will come in a diamond black finish while carrying more storage of 258 GB and 6 GB of RAM.
All the available colors because we care about what it looks like before a case goes on it.
The release date has not been set but the prices have been. The Mate 10 will cost $824 with the Pro and Porsche models coming in at $942 and $1,645 respectively. Don’t expect these prices to be exact since Huawei still has not entered the U.S. market, so the prices are actually converted from the UK/European market.
Hopefully more techies stateside can convince Huawei to start marketing here. After all, if you’re going to by a phone made in China, why not by it from a Chinese company?