HUAWEI is joining in on the fake bokeh game with their latest updates to the Mate phone line. Officially unveiled today at IFA Berlin, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were announced, featuring HUAWEI’s Kirin 970 chipset which is the first smartphone chipset to have a dedicated AI neural network processing unit included. As well, the cameras got some nice upgrades too.
Featuring a new Leica Dual Camera system, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will each feature a pair of new Summililux-H lenses which offer an F1.6 aperture. If you thought the AI stuff was for other parts of the phone you would be mistaken – the phones also feature AI-powered, real-time scene and object recognition, as well as the previously mentioned -get your eye rolls out now- AI-powered bokeh effect.
In terms of other camera/photography specs you also get a 12MP RGB Color sensor and a 20MP Monochrome sensor, OIS (image stabilization), and an AI motion detection feature that is supposed to make shooting moving subjects easier and result in better image quality. All of this, combined with a 4000 mAh battery and IP67 Water/Dust Resistance means that HUAWEI is again touting this as a phone for photographers.
As we all remember, previous Leica dual camera systems have been, to put it nicely, nothing to write home about. So, it will be interesting to see if this new system, with its pretty impressive specs, will be able to deliver on what people expect from something with the Leica name on it.
Pricing and Availability? The Mate 10 with 64GB of storage and 4GB of memory will be priced around €699 and should be available in late October. The Mate 10 pro, will start at €799 for a 128GB Storage + 6GB RAM and will go up to 256GB of Storage + 6GB of RAM for €1395.
You can get more information about the full specs and capabilities of the HUAWEI Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro over on the HUAWEI website.