HUAWEI’s New Mate 10/Pro Smartphone Features Leica Lenses

By Kehl Bayern / October 20, 2017

The competition between massive smartphone manufacturers is probably all the more intense because consumers often struggle to distinguish one brand from another (unless you're Apple or Google).

So, when you’re making a smartphone that wants to capture the attention of photographers, where do you look?

If you’re HUAWEI, you turn to trusted name-brand equipment from yesterday to add that extra sparkle to your shiny new product.

That’s probably one of the reasons why the new smartphone line from mainland Chinese conglomerate HUAWEI will feature dual Leica lenses with a F1.6 aperture, bringing HUAWEI’s phones into the “fake bokeh” game as The Phoblographer calls it, and doing it all with a dash of nostalgia.

The new handsets are touted as ideal for photographers according to press from HUAWEI.

Mate 10 Pro New Leica Lenses from HUAWEI.

HUAWEI’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro devices made their debut in Berlin, Germany at the IFA Berlin. The two phones will feature HUAWEI’s Kirin 970 chipset, a chipset that HUAWEI boasts is the first application of a dedicated AI neural network processing unit in a smartphone.

The star of the show, however, was the handset’s dual Leica lenses, called the Leica Dual Camera System.

Both the HUAWEI Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will have Summililux-H lenses. The new Kirin 970 chipset also allows the HUAWEI Mate 10/Pro smartphone camera to engage in AI-driven scene and object recognition. In addition, the chipset powers the faux “bokeh” effect.

HUAWEI is positioning the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro as smartphones for photographers, and
has rolled out a set of features to meet that call.

The phones feature a 12MP RGB Color sensor and a 20MP Monochrome sensor, OIS (image stabilization), and an AI motion detection feature, a technology that will make capturing moving images easier and result in higher quality shots according to The Phoblographer.

The phones will also have a 4000 mAh battery and feature IP67 Water/Dust Resistance.

In terms of pricing, a Mate 10 phone with 64GB of storage and 4GB RAM of memory will be approximately €699 while a Mate 10 Pro will cost €799 for a 128GB Storage with 6GB RAM. The Pro handset will top out at 256GB of storage with 6GB of RAM for €1395.

Mate 10 New Leica Lenses from HUAWEI.


About the author

Kehl Bayern

Kehl Bayern is our staff news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of photography, he is interested in architecture and modern design. Kehl Bayern is also the author of science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts and studied politics at the University of Virginia and, later, Harvard University for graduate school. He spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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