Huawei has been successful in keeping its flagship smartphone of 2017 away from leaks and rumors till now, but recently we saw a huge buzz in tech media about the upcoming flagship smartphone the Huawei Mate 10 with rumors which suggested it would feature a 6inch bezel-less display from JDI and will have 18:9 aspect ratio. So it seems like the whole smartphone industry is now focused on a single which is to reduce the screen to body ratio, definitely a great news for gadget lovers.
The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro arrive today with a full load of trendy features. Each phone packs the new supercharged Kirin 970 octa-core processor and funky dual camera on the back but also wraps them up in a slick-looking body with glass on the front and back. Apparently the Mate 10 Pro is the “main” one, and it’s that one that we’ll be able to buy in the UK (both models will be available in Australia). No US release for either phone has been announced yet.
The Pro is definitely the most exciting of the two. At 6 inches, it’s larger than the 5.9-inch Mate 10, but with narrower bezels on all sides, Huawei reckons that the 6-inch screen fits into the same size body you’d have found on last year’s 5.5-inch devices. It’s certainly comfortable to hold.
Huawei achieved the slimmer bezel by ditching the home button on the front, moving the fingerprint scanner to the back, below the camera. The screen now stretches right to the edges and with the Pro’s resolution of 2,160×1,080 pixels, everything looks nice and crisp. Oddly, the standard Mate has a higher 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution, although I couldn’t see much of a difference between them when I placed the phones side by side. The Mate 10 still has a home button and fingerprint scanner beneath the screen.
Both displays support HDR and are bright enough to sear your eyeballs right out — or at least make them easy to use under bright sunlight.
Huawei has taken a cue from Apple in switching the rear design from metal to glass. However, while Apple made the move to support wireless charging, Huawei’s decision is purely down to aesthetics — there’s no wireless charging on either version of the phone. The phones look pretty good, though that shiny glass is a total fingerprint magnet.
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