Huawei's new flagships might be better iPhone competition than the Pixel 2

Huawei's Mate 10 series has Samsung's Note 8 in its sights

Huawei's Mate 10 series has Samsung's Note 8 in its sights

The Chinese company has certainly done something right in that time, culminating in its success in outselling Apple in June and July to become the second largest smartphone maker.

The main difference between the two new Huawei phones is in screen size and shape.

Specifically, according to IDC's most recent data, it's the up-and-coming, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei who's overwhelming growth and popularity has skyrocketed in recent years - to the point, says IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, that the company could easily knock Apple from its position within the next year. Connectivity wise, the flagship smartphone offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and 4.5G support (maximum download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps).

The floor also features a Demo Theater that give delegates the opportunity to get even closer to the technology they want to see and the people who offer it.

Amazingly, both devices are made of glass, but neither model comes with wireless charging support, which is a strange decision from Huawei. First, the Kirin 970 is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are both powered by Huawei's new octa-core Kirin 970 processor.

The Mate 10 Pro is meant to be the higher-end version of the series, but its screen is less sharp than the Mate 10's. The top and bottom bezels are still very thin, but not quite as thin as on the Mate 10 Pro, and that means there's room for a physical home button and fingerprint sensor on the front (the Mate 10 Pro has a fingerprint sensor around the back). The smartphone comes with a 16MP + 2MP cameras at the rear and an 8MP front shooter for selfies.

The Mate 10 will come in Blue, Brown, and Black. The Mate 10 Pro also includes IP67 dust and water resistance, but drops the headphone jack and microSD slot. Both handsets feature two cameras on the back, both with a F1.6 aperture, one a 12 MP color sensor and one a 20 MP monochrome sensor.

Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Sadly, India isn't in the first wave countries where the smartphones will be released.

Huawei says the inclusion of an NPU in its chip allows it to recognise about 2,000 images per minute.

At the event, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, kept harping on the Mate 10's tagline time and time again - "It is not a smartphone. So that's what we focused on for the Mate 10 series". The Kirin SoC inside the handsets is accompanied by a dedicated AI processor. Costing $825 (Rs. 87k), the Huawei Mate 10 gadget will be accessible in the not so distant future.

The regular Mate 10 will also have a 5.9-inch display with 18:9 ratio and 2560 x 1440 (2K) resolution. This puts the pixel density at 499ppi vs. 402ppi in favor of the cheaper model. You can use both displays simultaneously, and phone-specific tasks like calls and texts stay on the phone. "Compared to the CPU, we are 25 times faster and 50 times more efficient", said Zhang. The first is the enhancements brought to the Mate 10's photography capabilities.

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