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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: more than just another contender

It’s prize fight time and there are some incredible flagship smartphones on the market right now. 

They have deep, punchy screens, sleek, elegant designs and fast to fire-up cameras that capture incredible pictures and videos. Some can even power a home computer experience thanks to next generation processors. 

Standing out in this sea of very good flagships is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the phone with the biggest flagship battery, the widest aperture dual cameras and AI at its heart.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Brain

AI means this phone is smart. The Kirin 970 processor can think, sort through images, interpret spoken words and even act as an offline international translator using its camera.

Point your Mate 10 Pro at a menu, street sign or newspaper article, take a picture using the Translate app, optimised in partnership with Microsoft, and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will automatically detect the text language, translate it and overlay the translation on top of the image, combining AI and augmented reality.

This incredible feature is lightning fast and doesn’t require an internet connection, perfect when you’re abroad, watching your data and making every second count.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s AI capabilities aren’t limited to translation though.

 Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Eyes 

The Mate 10 Pro’s camera is like a pair of eyes. Its specs are cutting edge. It has dual sensors, one 12-megapixel and one 20-megapixel, both combined with f/1.6 aperture lenses, making the Huawei Mate 10 Pro the flagship with the widest combined aperture around. As a result, low-light performance is exceptional.

The cameras are paired with smart shooting modes pioneered by Huawei and refined over the years. This time around though, it’s even smarter.

Even in automatic mode, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro can recognize what you’re taking a picture of, optimise the exposure, saturation, contrast levels and focus to make your subjects pop perfectly.

This intelligent phone knows whether it’s looking at a dog, a cat, leaves or a flower, showing you just how smart it is by featuring an icon in the bottom right of its viewfinder accordingly.

Go beyond automatic mode and you can let your photographic creativity run wild. Full manual mode gives you the kind of control you’d expect from a DSLR. Light Painting lets you capture the dreamiest light trails thanks to Huawei’s smart image compositing – something no other flagship offers.

And if you want to take selfies, you can still take advantage of dramatic effects as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro blurs out the background from its front camera as well, all the while keeping your face in focus and optimising your shots beautifully.

 Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Stamina

As for the battery, the Mate 10 Pro has the biggest flagship battery around. 4,000mAh combined with the smart, efficient power management of the Kirin 970 processor means two-day battery is a reality.

A big battery can mean slow to charge, but not when it comes to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Featuring Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro can power up to over 50% in just 30 minutes – enough for a full day of use. 

In addition, it is also the first fast charge technology to be certified by TÜV Rheinland (a global leader in independent product inspection services) so it isn’t just quick, it’s also safe.

 Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Everything else

To say we’ve just scratched the surface is an understatement. 

We haven’t even spoken about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s sleek, elegant design, the fact it’s IP67 water and dust resistant, or the slim-line case the phone comes with in the box, so you can be protected from splashes, dunks and knocks without spending another penny on accessories.

Nor have we mentioned EMUI 8.0’s desktop mode Easy Projection. Built by Huawei to give you a bespoke desktop experience, it harnesses the power of the Kirin 970 and combines it with the vast app support Android 8 offers. This means that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro can be a smartphone, desktop computer or computer games console just by plugging it into a standalone screen. 

As for its screen, the OLED technology on-board is widely regarded as the pinnacle of screen tech. It also offers HDR10 support, so optimised videos will look deep, vibrant and, frankly speaking, jaw dropping.

But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself – like us, you’ll quickly discover the Huawei Mate 10 Pro isn’t just another contender, it’s a winner.

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Razer Phone 2 could launch sooner than you might expect

The Razer Phone[1] only launched in November last year but talk is already turning to the Razer Phone 2, which could apparently land in September.

That’s according to an “internal source” speaking to FrAndroid[2], and while they didn’t get more specific than that, IFA 2018 takes place at the beginning of September, so that would be an obvious launch location for the phone.

Though it would also be less than a year after the Razer Phone’s launch, so take this rumor with a pinch of salt.

The source didn’t reveal any details of the Razer Phone 2 – and this far out they may not have been settled on anyway, but given that even the original Razer Phone has 8GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and a QHD 120Hz display, the next model is bound to be cutting-edge.

More than just a phone

What the source did say is that Razer might also turn Project Linda[3] into a real product. This is a laptop that you slot the Razer Phone into, using the phone to power it and become a touchpad. It was demoed at CES 2018[4], and it would make sense for Razer to launch it alongside a new handset.

Indeed, in a tweet[6] Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan has hinted that the device could get a commercial launch. If it does, it would give the likes of Samsung’s Dex[7] a real run for its money.

Via PhoneArena[9]

References

  1. ^ Razer Phone (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ FrAndroid (www.frandroid.com)
  3. ^ Project Linda (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ CES 2018 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ January 16, 2018 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ tweet (twitter.com)
  7. ^ Dex (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ iPhone XI (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ PhoneArena (www.phonearena.com)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could go one better than the notch-laden iPhone X

Most smartphone companies seem to be pursuing a truly bezel-free screen, and currently the likes of the iPhone X[1] and Essential Phone[2] with their notches are out in front, but Samsung could soon have them beat if it makes use of a new patent.

Filed at the WIPO[3] (World Intellectual Property Organization), the patent shows a phone that has a fingerprint scanner, front-facing camera and sensors all embedded in the screen.

It uses holes cut into the screen itself for them and means there’s no notch and no bezels, just a screen-filled front.

There are obvious benefits to this. It would mean you could fit a big screen in a relatively small body, as well as likely making the phone more aesthetically pleasing.

This could be the shape of a future Samsung phone. Credit: WIPO/LetsGoDigital

Note 9 or later

But we’re probably not going to see this in a finished product for a while. Patents don’t always get used for anything anyway and when they do it can take years.

Given that Samsung and other companies are gradually shrinking bezels and that in-screen fingerprint scanners are now a thing that exists[4] it’s believable that Samsung would be working on something along these lines, but don’t expect the Samsung Galaxy S9[5] to have an all-screen front, as none of the leaks point in that direction.

So the earliest we’re likely to see this is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9[6], and even that might be optimistic.

Via PhoneArena and LetsGoDigital[8][9]

References

  1. ^ iPhone X (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Essential Phone (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ WIPO (patentscope.wipo.int)
  4. ^ a thing that exists (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S9 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ patented a phone with a wrap-around screen (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ PhoneArena (www.phonearena.com)
  9. ^ LetsGoDigital (nl.letsgodigital.org)

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