Huawei Mate 10 Launch Event (New Zealand)

I’m now at 30000ft flying to Sydney to attend a product event tonight (so remember to come check out my Facebook page and website tonight) but last night the telecommunication giant Huawei has just launched their latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 10 and I went to their launch event at Porsche Newmarket and tried out their new flagship phone.

This year, there are three variations of Huawei Mate10.  The base version is the Mate 10, (RRP $1099 and it is available today from 2Degrees and selected additional retailers nationwide). Then the next model up is the Mate 10 Pro (RRP $1299). The Mate 10 Porsche design is the most expensive one with RRP $2299. The Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design will be available from 8th December from Noel Lemming (Mate 10 Pro and 2Degrees Queen street (Mate 10 Porsche Design) exclusively.

I’m not going to go through all the difference between the three models in this article as I’m planning to do a review of the Mate 10 once I get my hands on one (oh that reminds me I forgot to ask them about a review unit yesterday!) , but basically they all share the same processor and camera. But with different screen, features and onboard memory.

If you have read my P10 review, while I really like the phone, I said the P10 looks a bit plain, even though the build quality is good. This is definitely not the case with the Mate 10.  With the 3D glass curved body, all the 3 Mate 10 phones look absolutely stunning and feel really premium when you hold on your hands. Oh and the Mate 10 Porsche Design one looks just so sexy with the extra touches in the design. All the three phones have the new dual Leica f/1.6 lens at the back, which is the fastest dual lens phone camera in the market. I had a quick play and I’m impressed with the image quality, even when compared with my already very good P10 camera. Another big thing with the Mate 10 phones are it’s Kirin 970 chip, which is the first ever phone chip that has a dedicated neural network processing unit (or just call it the AI chip) which is used in many way to improve the performance and user experience of the phone. When you are taking photos, the AI chip can quickly analysis and recognise what you are shooting and optimise the camera settings as it has already learned 100 million images and objects.

Anyway, without really turning it into a indepth review/overview article, here are some of the photos from the Mate 10 launch event.  Honestly, since I just got my new P10 earlier this year, I thought I will be happy with it for another year or two at least. But after playing with the phone last night, I do really really want to upgrade my P10 to a Mate 10 now. The Porsche Design version is just so damn sexy, but maybe I’ll settle for the more affordable Mate 10 Pro as I really like it’s OLED screen and water proof design.

So anyway stay tuned for the Mate 10 review and remember to check out my blog/youtube channel tonight for some exciting product news.