Huawei launched a total of three Mate 10 series phones yesterday, and while the Porsche Design edition is unique on its own, the other two are a little more difficult to differentiate from one another. Let’s fix that.
Normally when you go for the Pro model of a certain smartphone, you’re bound to get the better deal. That isn’t the case however with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The non-Pro has version has its own distinct advantages, which we’ll get into now.
They’re both good-looking handsets, but choosing one design over the other is highly subjective.
For one, the Mate 10 Pro has that tall 18:9 ratio screen that’s gradually becoming the industry standard thanks to support from several other brands. However, this pushes the fingerprint scanner to the back. Some may prefer the wider 16:9 ratio of the regular Mate 10 which also provides space for the front-mounted fingerprint sensor.
As shown above, color options are slightly different, as well. Pink gold and mocha brown are the common offerings; black and champagne gold are exclusive to the Mate 10, while titanium gray and midnight blue are found on the Mate 10 Pro. Take your pick.
Lastly, there’s the difference in water and dust resistance. The Mate 10 Pro comes with an IP67 rating, giving it decent protection against the elements. The plain Mate 10 and its IP rating-less body are less fortunate, but it should be able to handle light spills like most modern devices.
Despite having the same processor (Kirin 970), software (EMUI 8.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo), and battery capacity (4000mAh with fast charging), there are some notable specs you have to consider.
Interestingly, the Mate 10 has a more pixel-packed display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 on its 5.9-inch LCD compared to the 2160 x 1080 pixels of the Mate 10 Pro’s 6-inch OLED panel. But the density won’t be that noticeable if you compare them side by side, especially since both screens also natively support HDR (high dynamic range) content.
Another way for Huawei to separate the two models is by offering a better memory and storage configuration for the Mate 10 Pro; it comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. The Mate 10 delivers slightly less with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, but the latter is expandable using a microSD card.
And then we have the possible deal-breaker: The Mate 10 Pro doesn’t come with a 3.5mm audio port for some reason. It’s a head-scratching move on Huawei’s part and makes choosing between the two even more difficult.
Their Leica-infused cameras are identical, by the way, just the way it should be. You get the same 12-megapixel color camera at the back coupled with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The former is optically stabilized for steadier shots and both have super-bright f/1.6 aperture openings. A more basic 8-megapixel shooter is found on the front of the two smartphones.
Retailing for EUR 100 less than the Mate 10 Pro, the Mate 10 manages to have its own advantages.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is invaluable to some; the wider and more pixel-dense screen may be more manageable; and the inclusion of a front-mounted fingerprint reader and microSD card slot can potentially improve the phone’s usability. The Mate 10 also has the same capable cameras as its more expensive sibling.
So, what does the Mate 10 Pro offer to justify its EUR 799 price? It looks more like a 2017 flagship with its near-borderless display and water resistance; the additional memory and storage are more future-proof; and there’s arguably a better selection of colors.
To get a definite answer as to which of these two Mate 10 variants is your GadgetMatch, you’ll have to wait for our full reviews.
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15: Is the ScreenPad worth it?
Two screens for double the fun
At first glance, the new ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580GE) may look like an ordinary laptop. There’s nothing out of the ordinary on its solid chassis, and both the keyboard layout and screen are as plain as can be.
On the inside, my unit has some of the best specs around: an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, 16GB of memory, 1TB SSD storage, and a mouthwatering 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen — but those still aren’t this notebook’s coolest feature.
It’s only when you turn on the device and press a button on the keyboard’s top row when the magic happens.
You can go from this…
… to this!
Yup, the touchpad is a touchscreen called ScreenPad
Besides being able to choose whatever wallpaper you want for it…
You may also play music on it
Check your calendar for upcoming events
Turn it into a handy virtual numpad
Use it as a full-fledged calculator at any time
And add any other function you might need
It even comes with its very own settings menu
Not impressed yet? Let’s try Extension Display mode
Now you can treat it as a secondary screen!
Perfect for watching videos while “working” 😉
Or simply trying to be more productive
Here I am viewing photos while editing on Photoshop
And choosing the next clip to edit on Premiere Pro
It can even handle Photoshop and Premiere Pro at the same time!
Here’s my favorite trick: watching a YouTube walkthrough while playing games
There are a lot more things you can do with the ScreenPad, but these were the most useful ones in my own workflow. ASUS is opening up the magical touchpad to other apps, so the possibilities here are endless and it’ll only get better through time.
So, is the ScreenPad actually worth it? To be honest, I usually left it on wallpaper mode with my favorite pictures to add style to my workspace; I even turned it off completely while the laptop was unplugged to save on battery power.
It’s one of those things you never knew you needed until you got it. The ScreenPad is an evolution for laptops which have been becoming stale in the past couple of years, but not something you can’t live without.
Do I want a ScreenPad on all future laptops? Yes, definitely! Who wouldn’t want two screens at once?
If you want to learn more about the ZenBook Pro 15 and watch it in action, check out our hands-on video:
OPPO drops the F9, Motorola copy-pastes: Weekend Rewind
Why innovate when you can recreate, right?
Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.
1. OPPO F9 (water)drops!
We were getting teasers of this phone two weeks ago and now it’s finally here! The OPPO F9 is official and it comes with a notch that the company is essentially calling a “waterdrop.” That aside, it’s looking like a lean, mean, midrange machine with its 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage, an AI-enhanced 16MP main shooter with a secondary 2MP depth sensor for portraits, and a 3500 mAh battery.
Our hands-on and unboxing is up on YouTube so make sure you watch it!
Notches and gradients are all the rage in 2019, so we guess it makes sense that Motorola opted to fuse both the iPhone X and the Huawei P20 Pro. The result is the Motorola P30 because Moto probably couldn’t be bothered to think of another name. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 636 chip with 6GB memory. It will come in both a 64GB and a 128GB variant. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say. Moto must really want to butter up Apple and Huawei.
Xiaomi’s been cooking something but since this is the Internet and tech leaks are totally a thing, we already know what it is. Coming our way officially next week is the Pocophone F1. A leaked video pretty much already told us a lot of what we want to know: 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 845, and 6GB of memory.
We’ll have our own video on this soon so definitely stay tuned for it.
Google is being generous in handing out pies. Android Go, a less data-hungry version of the mobile operating system, will also get Android Pie. The Go edition of the newest Android OS only needs half the storage space and can run fluidly, even with just a gigabyte of memory.
Not ready for the responsibility of raising a child? There’s an app for that! The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved Natural Cycles. It’s the very first app to be marketed as a method of contraception. It determines whether a woman is fertile or not then advises which days you should “abstain” or “use protection.”
However, the FDA warns that “no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device.”
Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.
7 best affordable flagship smartphones of 2018
Best specs, lower prices
Putting the words “affordable” and “flagship” seems like an oxymoron at first, but manufacturers have reached a point wherein this magical combination is actually possible.
Yes, affordable flagships are a thing now, and they’re taking away some of the premium segment’s long-standing thunder. Why wouldn’t you want the best specs and features in a cheaper package?
This year has been kind to us with all the affordable flagships launched thus far. Here are the best ones to date:
Let’s begin with the brand that started it all. Originally called the “flagship killer,” the OnePlus line is synonymous with high-end power without the extravagant pricing. The OnePlus 6 is the latest entry, and it’s an absolute stunner from its gorgeous display to the fluid Android interface.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
This is the one time Xiaomi likes to go a little more premium, and we support it a hundred percent. The Mi Mix 2S combines a ceramic body with a massive, notch-free display and incredible hardware for the price. Each generation improves on the predecessor — this is no exception.
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