This year Huawei decided not to shelve business and held a premiere of the flagman smartphone of the Mate series in the fall, but not around New Year, as usual. We get acquainted with the device and we try to understand whether it will turn out to bite off at last at Chinese a significant part of business audience at Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Why Note 8, where iPhone mentioning? First, here it. Secondly, six-inch Mate always played slightly in other league – both on the status, and by the size. Huawei Mate 10 Pro – quite quite good representative among flagships.
Yes, this year there will be almost six-inch iPhone X, but it besides the phenomenon of other order. Not the “smartphone for businessmen” as Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro, and “the most steep gadget of Apple” is positioned.
The competition in this field just does not exist. By means of Mate 10 Pro Huawei tries to solve more pragmatic problems, than to try to drop once again the iPhone from a throne. Huawei Mate 10 will quit directly in three modifications – to dare not bloat staff of the smartphones the few can now, and the Chinese company — not an exception.
Low (if you allow such word in case of talk about flagships) the version will differ in the LCD display (RGBW) with a diagonal of 5,9 inches with 2K-permission (2560 × 1440) and a format of the sides 16:9 and also mini-Jack’s presence and the simplified design with the HOME key and the scanner of prints which is built in it.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro received “frameless” AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6 inches and permission 2160 × 1080 (format 18:9). Quotes, alas, are inevitable, as well as frames on the modern gadgets – at least the space over the screen and under it all the same remains to the free.
Nevertheless the space of a front surface occupied by the display commands respect – one hand cannot use the device with the 6,2-inch screen at me all the same, but at least on the overall dimensions Mate 10 got significantly closer to “normal” smartphones.
Rather small thing which easily is located in any pocket. Edges are executed from metal, and the back panel from the tempered glass is slightly bent that the smartphone seemed to even more thin, than it is in reality. And the oleophobic covering behind very good – during “photoshoot” to me was not even necessary to wipe it every half-minute as, for example, the same Honor 8/Honor 9.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro very great looks – it is really beautiful smartphone, unlike very boring predecessors. However, small thickness played a dirty trick with the double unit of the main camera – its lenses slightly appear over the casing. It is much less, than at the same iPhone 8 Plus, but nevertheless. The fingerprint sensor at the same time is behind – such layout is pleasant to me more, than already almost standard when it is built in the Home key.
This key this time the virtual, as well as her eternal neighbors “Back” and “The menu of the opened applications” — all of them are on the screen. You, probably, noted that I mentioned three Mate 10 versions, but told only about two so far.
And so, the third is one more Pro in Porsche Design variation (ultimate luxury as Huawei expressed). Any differences in respect of a stuffing or the screen, only slightly changed appearance. Pro-versions at the same time will be moisture-proof — hurrah even if and on the “facilitated” IP67 standard, the truth.
At the same time by Huawei Mate 10 Pro it is deprived of mini-Jack who allegedly hinders to make the moisture-proof smartphone. Ask Samsung and Sony. The standard of protection of normal Mate 10 — IP53. The stuffing at Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro is identical.
As the platform the newest Kirin 970 of own development of Huawei is used. Kernels – the same, as at Kirin 960: four ARM Cortex-A73 with clock rate of 2,4 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 1,8 GHz. The graphic subsystem is updated – in fresh to Cyrene debuts the 12-core ARM Mali-G72 chip which in the theory does this platform the fastest in the plan of operation with a graphics.
All this is executed on 10-nanometer technical process. But key feature of Kirin 970, of course, not in “net” productivity, and in new architecture of HiAI which shall increase sharply productivity in case of execution of the tasks connected to an artificial intelligence.
Words beautiful – another matter as it is put into practice. Here so far it is much more questions, than responses. For example, in the shooting mode the smartphone is able to define type of objects in a frame: whether the landscape is removed now, a portrait or macro, for example.
But, first, any cameras years 15 at least (let and not so explicitly, after all the cat from a dog of the camera is not able to be distinguished), and secondly are able to do it, even more detailed recognition of objects gives only the chance to stuff pictures on corresponding daddies (they can be found in the system interface). And what else?
There is also one more trump connected to Kirin 970 – the 4G-modem supporting LTE of the 18th category. Besides for the first time in a pattern. It means that Mate 10 (and Mate 10 Pro, is finite) in the theory is able to download data with speed up to 1,2 Gbit\s. It was necessary to wait for mass distribution of gigabit networks – and here at Huawei as the telecom giant double interest.
But depends on the company here, by itself, not all. A random and non-volatile memory there will be an identical quantity in all Huawei Mate 10 Pro: 6 and 128 Gbytes respectively (in the Porsche Design version – 256 Gbytes). It is impossible to expand volume by means of a card of memory microSD.
There are two slots for nanoSIM-cards, both support operation with 4G-networks. As for the camera, sensors did not change concerning what was in Mate 9: it still combination of a 20-megapixel monochrome matrix and 12-megapixel RGB. In the 12-megapixel mode it is possible to do double zoom (here it is called “a double optical zoom”).
The shooting mode in permission of 9 megapixels and a format 16:9 is by default exposed, by the way, be attentive. Also on the place and the optical stabilizator. But the optics is considerably improved – both modules received lenses with speed of ƒ/1,6 against ƒ/2,2 earlier.
To check how the camera Mate 10 in case of bad lighting works, I had no opportunity yet, but there shall be pleasant surprises. At the same time the behavior of the camera absolutely precisely changed when shooting in usual conditions – the planimetric sharpness is increased, when shooting a portrait or small objects front and back plans are better separated. It positively affects also quality of program blur of a background.
One more innovation – directly two signal processors for the camera module. The front-facing camera at the same time did not change – the same eight megapixels and too wide angle of the review because of which it is hard to take a selfie with at least rather normal face proportions.
An operating system – Android 8.0 Oreo. To release the smartphone with Android 7.0 onboard after the announcement of Google Pixel 2 already bad form. The fresh company jacket of EMUI 8.0 works with the new version of OS. Last, I will remind, I was at number 5 – Huawei decided not to lag behind on digits Google.
Externally the jacket especially did not change, works very quickly – and it is clear that somehow approximately to note changes in the speed of browsing of screens and opening of applications difficult, at Mate 9 with its EMUI 5.0 was all right too, and it just could not be decelerated.
Huawei promises that artificial intelligence of Huawei Mate 10 Pro on special will distribute tasks that will affect both high-speed performance, and energy efficiency. Also the system shall be set up under the user.
What does it mean in a case and whether it will turn out as at HTC where too the “smart” system shall study our habits and work with Huawei according to special diagrams, and in reality I did not do just anything – besides it will be possible to understand, having only spent some time with the smartphone.
The accumulator remained the same, as with Mate 9, – 15,2 W · h (4000 mA · h, 3,8 B). With all program improvings, the new platform and AMOLED display for the Pro-version promise two days of operation in case of serious loading and till 25 (!) o’clock the continuous talk when using a 3G-network. If digits are the close to reality – it can be fine help for target audience of the smartphone.