Huawei Reveal Release Date and Pricing for Mate 10 Series in New Zealand

The smartphone has just taken the biggest step forward yet, with the introduction of leading global information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei’s newest flagship device: the Huawei Mate 10 Series. Designed to be so much more than a smartphone, the new handset pushes Huawei into the ‘superphone era’ by incorporating technology far beyond anything seen in a device before, including the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The result is a smart and intuitive personal companion that helps the user get more out of every day, whether they are a business professional, aspiring photographer or technology enthusiast.

At the heart of the new devices is Huawei’s revolutionary Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset, which incorporates the world’s first AI processor for smartphones with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU). A testament to Huawei’s commitment to ground breaking technology and significant investment in R&D, the advanced new chipset provides a powerful base for this intelligent new mobile companion.

Built on advanced 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, the Kirin 970 features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual Image Signal Processor (ISP) to bring AI to a feature essential to modern and discerning smartphone owners: photography.

The Kirin 970 AI chipset’s specialised NPU, combined with Huawei’s HiAI mobile computing platform, means the Mate 10 Series delivers an impressive 25 times better performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores.

The Huawei Mate 10 Series is also the world’s fastest smartphone supporting super-fast 4.5G LTE connectivity and download speeds. The device comes with the world’s first dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections, which will allow users to switch between international SIM cards and select which SIM to answer calls from and use for different tasks

The result of these powerful technology features and specifications is an impressive device geared toward providing the ultimate in user experience.

The combination of individual and collective intelligence for on-device AI equips the Huawei Mate 10 Series to deliver real-time responses to users. The out-of-the-box benefits include AI-Powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition (Kirin has already identified 100 million images), AI-powered Digital Zoom and AI Motion Detection for clearer and sharper pictures. In other words, the phone knows what you are photographing – and adjusts itself accordingly.

Also standard equipment, the AI Accelerated Translator instantly assists in communication between different languages. In fact, the Huawei Mate 10 Series is up to 300 per cent faster than other devices – and it ‘knows’ more than 60 languages. This means users can translate images, websites, and even voices into different languages at the mere touch of a button, all without the requirement of WiFi.  

But there is a lot more to come. Kirin 970 is an open computing platform, which allows third parties to create new AI applications that take advantage of Huawei’s processing capabilities.

Good looks, smart performer

In the Huawei Mate 10 Series, intelligence looks great. With an all-new Huawei FullView Display, the Huawei Mate 10 features a stunning 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 display, barely-there-bezel and HDR10 to support vivid colours. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the larger sibling, with a 6.0 inch 18:9 OLED display, high screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 for dynamic video viewing.

The devices feature a 3D Glass Body, beautifully and symmetrically curved on all four sides for an ergonomic hold. The Huawei Mate 10 is initially available in Black, and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in Mocha Brown.

Considering that great design is at the forefront of Huawei’s product development, it makes sense that the manufacturer has collaborated once again with Porsche Design to offer a limited-edition Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design in Diamond Black. This follows on from the Mate 9’s limited edition Porsche Design.

Advanced camera hardware

High quality photography is one feature that Huawei has become renowned for – and intelligent photography starts with outstanding optics. The Mate 10 Series does this reputation justice, with the back of the devices featuring a reflective band design that highlights the Leica Dual Back Camera, first introduced and widely celebrated on Huawei’s P10 Series.

The Leica Dual Back cameras combine 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6 to capture stunning, high resolution imagery, while video is captured in 4K. The front camera is an 8-megapixel unit.

Kirin 970’s self-developed ISP is designed to provide an enhanced intelligent photography experience. The new dual ISP, enabled by Kirin 970’s mobile AI computing capability, supports AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition, which automatically chooses the settings that are best suited to a given object in a specific environment to help users take more natural, professional pictures.

The chipset also supports AI-powered Digital Zoom, an advanced autofocus function for clearer portraits, and AI Motion Detection, a motion capture feature that enables perfectly focused images of objects in motion.

In addition, the AI-powered Bokeh Effect sees the Huawei Mate 10 Series capture a more natural and detailed transition between the elegantly blurred background and crystal-clear subject – allowing users to capture exceptionally beautiful portraits.

Another exciting addition to the Mate 10 Series is the inbuilt 3D Photography feature. This allows users to pan the camera in photography mode, capturing thousands of images that are then rendered together to create a 360 degree image that moves and switches angles as the user rotates the device.

An intelligent interface

The Huawei Mate 10 Series are equipped with Huawei’s all-new EMUI 8.0 powered by Android 8.0. Features include an AI Engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970; which runs off five individual engines, each dedicated to a separate operation of the device – power, vision, experience, performance and apps.  The devices also incorporate an AI Accelerated translator to deliver faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience. The AI-enabled EMUI 8.0 learns individual user behaviour such as frequent app usage, and allocates more memory to these apps to speed up use over time, rather than slowing the smartphone down as traditional heavy use does.

In a smart move for its business-focused audience, Huawei has also introduced an easy projection feature to connect the new Huawei Mate Series to a larger monitor or TV screen; and provide support for a full desktop experience – either mirroring or extending the smartphone display like a PC, and offering users the ability to use their Mate 10 device as a makeshift ‘mouse’. Full privacy and security is assured within this mode, with functions such as incoming calls screened from appearing on the larger screen.

A further handy tool is the Mate 10 Series’ EasyTalk function, which automatically identifies and pinpoints the user’s voice within a crowded, loud room – even at a whisper.

Clever thinking: Long lasting battery, smart charging technology

Intelligent devices can meet the needs of their owners no matter where you go. Each handset in the Mate 10 Series packs a 4000 mAh high-density battery, offering a similar level of power as a standard tablet, which lasts over a full day under heavy use and up to two days under normal usage. With a smart battery management system that understands user behaviour and intelligently allocates resources to maximise battery life, it supports 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging, which sees a 10-minute charge powering the battery to 20 per cent, while a 30-minute charge powers the battery to 58 per cent.

Additionally, HUAWEI SuperCharge is the world’s first fast charging technology to receive TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.

The Huawei Mate 10 is available in New Zealand from Wednesday 8th November 2017 for RRP $1,099 in Black, from 2Degrees and selected additional retailers nationwide. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro (RRP $1,299, available in Mocha Brown) and Mate 10 Porsche Design (RRP $2,299, available in Diamond Black), will both be available from Friday 8th December 2017. The Mate 10 Pro is available exclusively from Noel Leeming, and the Mate 10 Porsche Design is available exclusively at 2Degrees Queen Street.

Our review of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro can be found here.

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