On paper, romance is about showering your significant other—or potential significant other—with affection in the form of extravagant dinners, beautiful bouquets and the finest of champagnes. But we know better. In reality, hot dates are the perfect opportunity to boost your social media presence with carefully choreographed photos of you and your significant other having the time of your lives at the hottest photo spots around town.
To help you up your photo game—and maybe impress a date or two along the way—we’ve teamed up with Huawei and its all-singing, all-dancing flagship HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, to select four of the best alternative photo spots. With a super-sharp 8MP front camera and a Leica-powered dual camera on the rear—plus a wider-than-iPhone f/1.6 aperture on BOTH rear lenses no less—the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is perfect for capturing the moment.
Here are some perfect ideas for where you can take your date and your (HUAWEI) Mate (10).
Go kawaii with a robot
What better way to impress a date than by flaunting your love of all things science and tech with a visit to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry? Alongside the museum’s regular assortment of scientific curios is an exhibition of over 100 robots, ranging from a 17th century dancing wine goblet and an animatronic baby, to a news-reading android from Japan. Alongside the obvious robot selfies to take, don’t forget to break out the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ 240FPS recording mode for capturing each robot's disconcertingly erratic movements in glorious slow motion.
Robots is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester until Sunday April 15. Entry is £8 adults and £5 children.
Celebrate prehistory and all things dinosaur
South East London is hardly known for its romantic hot spots. But if you pitch it just right (we recommend playing the Jurassic Park theme on your phone throughout), Crystal Palace Park Dinosaur Sculptures make for a suitably prehistoric date. There are 30 full-scale statues of the Komodo dragon’s dinosaur cousins to cosy up to for a photo. While they’re not exactly accurate by modern standards—they were made in 1854 after all—just think of all the witty Jeff Goldblum quotes you can slam onto Snapchat.
Crystal Palace Park Dinosaur Sculptures are free to visit. The park is open from 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 7pm daily.
Show your date who's boss at Four Quarters
What better way to spend a date than with a button-bashing beverage at Four Quarters? Instead of trying to avoiding awkward silences and overcompensating with an overzealous consumption of cheap prosecco, challenge them to a whooping at Street Fighter II instead. Not only is the joy of virtual street combat a path to true love, but the resulting photo—which, thanks to the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ huge 4000mAh two-day battery, you'll certainly have enough juice for—is sure to make anyone who's splashed out on a bland, overpriced dinner date green with envy.
Show off your dark side
If you and your date are into the darker things in life, head over to Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities in London’s Dalston, where you can check out a few choice cuts borrowed from Cornwall’s Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Alongside unsettling curios like a Witch Mirror, a waxen cursed poppet and items from a Black Magicians altar is a range of disconcerting taxidermy for you to get your picture on with. And while the museum is suitably dark and creepy, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ clever AI algorithms mean that even low light photos come out crystal clear and ready for Instagram.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is on at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in Hackney until 28th February 2018. Entry costs £6 per person, with guided tours running at 6:30pm daily.
Whatever you do on date night, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is the ideal companion. With its AI-driven, Dual Camera—one colour lens, one monochrome lens for capturing more light—it takes excellent pictures whatever the situation. It's fast too, with the Kirin 970 chip and EMUI 8.0 operating system (based on Android 8.0) driving favourite apps with ease, while the vibrant HUAWEI FullView displays screen make sharing your favourite YouTube clips a joy. Best of all, the 4000mAh batteries provide up to two days of battery life, meaning you don't have to worry about running out of juice, even if your date turns into a sleepover.
The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is available now for €799, £699 and AU$1,099. The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro is also available to pre-order in the US for $799. Find out more about the phone in Stuff's five-star review, or head over to Amazon to buy your very own.