Huawei might not be one of the first names people consider when they think about smart phone manufacturers, but the China-based telecommunications company has made a frankly meteoric rise in recent months and years, recently earning the prestige of being the third largest phone manufacturer in the world. In fact, the company's sales managed to match pace with those of Apple back around June of 2016 and eventually topped the tech giant's sales around July of 2017; even better, it's managed to maintain fairly steady growth in the mobile marketplace ever since.
Sales are well and good, of course, but modern consumers care much more about products than business plans. Fortunately, Huawei has plenty to offer in that regard, with the company's latest Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro handsets being aimed squarely at Samsung's share of the Android marketplace. They're both sleek and powerful, and we've got the rundown of everything interested buyers should know before dropping their dollars on Huawei's latest technology.
Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro Features and Specifications
The Mate 10 series of phones has moved away from past designs from the manufacturer, and it's this design change that helps the new devices stand out from their predecessors. Gone are the days of all metal designs; Huawei has opted instead to give the Mate 10 series glass fronts mated to aluminum frames. Consumers will note a few differences between the two models, most notably the Mate 10 Pro's rear fingerprint scanner as well as its taller 18:9 aspect ratio — the regular Mate 10 keeps its fingerprint scanner up front, and uses a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio.
The hardware differences otherwise are a little unusual: the Mate 10 has a 5.9" IPS LED display running at 1440x2560, whereas the 10 Pro's larger frame is built to accomodate a 6" AMOLED display running at 1080x2160. So while the Mate 10 Pro might offer better viewing angles and always-on display functionality, the baseline Mate 10 offers a significantly higher pixel density.
Beyond displays, both sets have fairly standard internal hardware: both are powered by Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset mated to a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, and both come with 4GB RAM with a 6GB option for the Mate 10 Pro, dual cameras on back, support for 1080p video recording at 30/60fps, stereo speakers, non-removable 4000 mAh Li-Po batteries with support for fast charging, and Android 8 loaded with features like contextual smart tips, noise cancellation, voice recognition, and more.
Worth considering are a few other differences between the two: the Mate 10 comes with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, whereas the Mate 10 Pro does not. The Mate 10 Pro also has options between 64 and 128GB of on-board storage, whereas the base model only offers 64GB internal storage. Lastly, the Mate 10 will be sold in four color options spanning Mocha Brown, Champagne Gold, Pink Gold, and Black, where the Mate 10 Pro will be offered in Midnight Blue and Titanium Gray in addition to Pink Gold and Mocha Brown.
Huawei Mate 10 Release Date, Price, And Availability
There's good news for those interested in picking up either of Huawei's latest devices: they're already being offered across Asian and European territories, with the Mate 10 landing late last October and the Mate 10 Pro hitting store shelves around mid November. Unfortunately, there's no specific word on when these devices might be coming to the United States; however, rumor has it that the Mate 10 Pro will be coming to the US as an AT&T exclusive sometime soon, potentially this month.
Still, there are ways to get around the currently-limited western availability: buyers can find plenty of Mate 10 phones on Amazon, specifically the carrier-unlocked international versions. These won't carry US-specific warranties, but they should work fine on just about any GSM or LTE carrier network.
As for pricing, the Huawei Mate 10 current runs for around $699 on Amazon, whereas the 6GB RAM/128GB storage edition of the Mate 10 Pro costs about $830 on Amazon. For those who like their phones with a bit of bragging rights, Huawei is also offering an exclusive Porsche Design variant of the Mate 10 Pro that costs around $1600, though pricing and availability have been subject to change.