Huawei aims to claim top spot with Mate 10 devices

Huawei Porsche Design Mate 10.
Huawei Porsche Design Mate 10.
Image: Kgothatso Madisa

Huawei has made life a little bit easier for travellers with the introduction of language translator on their new phones Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 10.

This feature allows you to take a picture of the text in front of you and within seconds it translates the text to your preferred language. The plus side is that the phone does not require network connection to do this.

Huawei released their new Mate 10 series which includes the Mate 10 Pro, retailing for R17 999 and the more premium Porsche Design Mate 10 which retails at R26 999 at a posh event in Cape Town on Monday.

Both phones come with the language translator as Huawei aims to challenge iPhone’s Siri.

Unfortunately for SA users the language translator is currently only available in one local language - Afrikaans and Huawei says they have approached Microsoft with plans to introduce other South African languages.

“We have not created the software. It’s run by Microsoft,” said product marketing director at Huawei SA, Akram Mohammed, said.

They also partnered with Microsoft which will see users getting their Office flagship at a discounted price.

The phones run on Kirin 970 processor and EMUI 8.0 software which is based on Android.

Among other great features, the Mate10 also comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) object recognition camera.

Huawei says they have acknowledged that people love taking pictures of difference objects and sceneries and have therefore made things easier for users by adding this intelligent feature which recognises the object the camera is pointing at and automatically adjusts the camera to the mode required for such a shot.

All the user has to do is point the camera at the object and let the Mate 10 do the rest. All thanks to the dual 20MP and 12MP back cameras. The camera in front is 8MP.

Huawei has promised that all of this will not drain your battery as much as it has been.

Heavy users can go a full day without having to recharge while normal users are promised at least two days on a single battery charge.

And their fast-charge capability will ensure that you do not wait hours to get your phone fully charged. A 30 minute charge can get the battery from 0% to at least 50%.

They are so confident in their battery that they played the media and guests a video showing rigorous tests that the battery was subjected to. From being frozen to -15 degrees to being heated to 150 degrees; they claim the battery can withstand any weather.

Huawei also said that they have made sure the battery does not heat up under the hands of heavy users.Like Apple on their iPhone 7, 8 and the to-be-launched IPhone X, Huawei have removed the famous 3.5mm audio jack. They claim this was done to improve audio quality.

The easy talk feature, according to Huawei is so smart that it recognises a relevant voice and optimises it by making it louder and clearer. They say it is able to do this even in the noisiest places.

This feature is apparently so smart that even in a conference, you don’t need to move the phone closer to the speaker as the phone will be able to pick up and make the speaker’s voice more audible from a distance.

Other specifications:• 5.9-inch screen on Mate 10 and 6-inch on Mate10 Pro• Water and dust resistant• 3D glass body• Leica Dual Camera• 250gb on board for the Porsche Design Mate10 and 126gb for the Mate10 Pro.• PC Mode that turns your phone into a desktop

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