Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) Launched - Price, Specifications

Yolanda Curtis
October 16, 2017

While Huawei has yet to announce official US pricing and availability, the company did confirm that the Mate 10 will make it stateside eventually.

Just like the Mate 10 Pro, the Mate 10 also features Huawei's flagship Kirin 970 chipset, which allows the device to perform offline speech, text, and even image translation more efficiently, among other things.

Outside of the AI, you'll still find a 20 megapixel monochromatic sensor paired with a 12 megapixel colour sensor, blending the two sets of images in colour mode, and bringing out more contrast and detail, while folks who prefer black & white can capture in that mode only.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note back, and steadfastly refusing to blow up in people's faces, the competition is far stronger this year; but there's also a raft of new big-screened competitors to contend with, including the 6in Google Pixel XL.

In all other respects, other than its higher price, the Mate 10 Pro is identical to its sibling: it looks the same and has the same core components inside as well.

The Mate 10 Pro is the most exciting device that Huawei has announced for the end of this year. You can use a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse or just use the virtual keyboard and touchpad built into the Mate 10.

Continuing on from the Mate 9 we saw released earlier in the year, the Mate 10 improves on the dual-camera technology that already saw an update in the P10, also released earlier in the year. In Australia, the Mate 10 will retail for AU$899 (roughly £530) while the Pro will cost $1,099 (roughly £650). Mate 10 pro is available in Titanium Grey, Mocha Brown, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold color variants. The phone itself is no bigger than the Mate 9, though, as the screen is an OLED with a ratio of 18:9.

While we don't want the term "phablet" to stick around, we definitely like bigger phones, offering not just more screen real estate, but a display that can take up more of the smartphone body than ever before.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro both offer the same camera capabilities.

The Leica rear camera setup in both phones is a combination of 12MP RGB and a 20MP monochrome sensors and feature OIS.

These snappers offer a number of ways to get the ideal shot including faster focus with phase detection, 4-level motion face and object detection. Unsurprisingly this isn't the case, and the Mate 10 is suitably powerful on paper - though you'll have to wait until we've had time to benchmark it fully to establish exactly how powerful. The front camera is 8MP, with an f/2 aperture. The phone then fails to unlock. The Mate 9 was surprisingly underpowered and didn't last long on a single charge, the Mate 10 is prepared to improve on the shortcomings of its predecessor.

Somewhat predictably, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro packs more RAM and internal storage space than the "standard" Mate 10.

Elsewhere, both phones feature 4GB RAM, 4,000mAh batteries, 64GB built-in storage and dual cameras round the back. On the bottom you'll find a solitary speaker grille and USB-C port for charging.

That waterproofing also means there's no 3.5mm headphone jack. This Android 7.0 Nougat based device runs EMUI 5.1 and comes with a dual-SIM support. They're both serious eye candy, don't get us wrong, courtesy of 3D glass bodies "beautifully and symmetrically curved on all four sides for an ergonomic hold".

The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were announced at an event in Munich on 16 October, alongside the Mate 10 Porsche Design. The new Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) is listed on Amazon at Euro 189, which is about Rs 14,450, and is available in several European markets as of now. The Honor 6C Pro is priced at Euro 179 (about Rs. 13,750) and will first be available only in European markets.

The Mate 10 Porsche Design will be available from mid-November too, but it will cost €1395. It's apparently the Pro that's the "main" one, and it's that one that we'll be able to buy in the United Kingdom (both models will be available in Australia).

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