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Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: Beauty and brains, but a questionable bargain

Huawei isn't a widely known name in the US market, but that hasn't stopped the Chinese company from becoming the second largest smartphone maker on the planet. As its fortunes have risen, so has the quality of the hardware. Last year's Mate 9 was a reliable phone, and Huawei's revamped Nougat version of Android eliminated many of the pain points from its past devices.

Now, we've got the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro on the horizon. The Mate 10 Pro, which is the phone we'll be talking about today, is the more expensive of the two. Despite being called "Pro," it lacks some of the features power users have come to expect like a microSD card, headphone jack, and 1440p display.

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Huawei announces Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, with Kirin 970 AI chips, minimal bezels, and dual cameras

During a keynote speech at an event in Munich today, which was also streamed live on YouTube, Huawei has announced its latest flagship phones, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. Huawei CEO Richard Yu took to the stage to present the new hardware, which features the company's new Kirin 970 SoC. It includes a Neural-Network Processing Unit that offers AI-based enhancements and machine learning capabilities.

Both devices have all glass designs with thin bezels and screen-to-body ratios even higher than the iPhone X, as Mr. Yu was very keen to point out. Adhering to the 2017 trend that only Google seems to have bucked, the new Huawei phones have dual camera setups that sound impressive on paper.

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Hands-on with the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: Plugged into the smartphone zeitgeist

In just a few years Huawei has gone from a brand unfamiliar to consumers outside of China to the world's second largest smartphone maker. Even if you've never owned a Huawei phone, there are people around you who do. The company's Mate 9 flagship launched in the US in early 2017, and speculation about the Mate 10 has been picking up recently. The phone has finally been revealed today in Munich—or rather, the phones have been revealed. The Mate 10 will come in two flavors: the standard Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro.

I had a chance to get my hands on the Mate 10 (on the left) and Mate 10 Pro (on the right), and one thing is immediately clear when you pick up these devices: Huawei knows how to build a smartphone.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro leaked with near-bezelless front panel and dual back cameras

We've seen plenty of leaks of Huawei's upcoming devices so far. The normal Mate 10 first appeared in September, with dual back cameras and a 5.9-inch screen. Then the Mate 10 Lite was leaked, again with dual back cameras and a 5.9-inch display. Evan Blass on Twitter has now given us a look at the Mate 10 Pro, which looks much different than the other two devices.

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Huawei Mate 10 Lite will sport four total cameras, a 5.9" 18:9 1080p display, and Kirin 659

Huawei is slated to have a whopping four Mate 10 variants this year. Famed leaker Evan Blass has just spilled the beans on the Mate 10 Lite, codenamed "rhone." For being the cheapest device in the lineup, the Lite brings a surprising amount of interesting hardware, including an 18:9 "FullView" display (Huawei's first) and a quad camera setup. This information comes courtesy of someone who was briefed on Huawei's plans.

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