Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Stunning still-shot performance with its camera
- Hardware performance is excellent
- The sound is great
- Two-day battery life
- Stylish, water-resistant body
- Projection requires a simple USB-C to HDMI adapter to work
- 1080p video recording quality is disappointing
- There is no headphone jack socket
- Glass body is scratch-prone
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The world’s first Kirin AI processor offers a faster, stronger and more seamless smartphone experience.
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|Dimensions||154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm (6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||178 g (6.28 oz)|
|Build||Front/back glass, aluminum frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|- IP67 certified - dust and water resistant|
|- Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes|
|Display||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~80.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)|
|- HDR10 compliant|
|- EMUI 8.0|
|OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Hisilicon Kirin 970|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Internal Memory||128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual: 12 MP (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) +20 MP (f/1.6, 27mm), 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality|
|Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, check quality|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/2.0|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|- 32-bit/384kHz audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery|
|Disclaimer||If you see any error or incomplete data, please Contact Us.|
US pricing for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has yet to be revealed, but overseas in Europe, it’s slapped with a 799 euro cost, which is the equivalent of 930 US dollars. While the Mate 10 Pro’s price in the US should be lower due to Europe’s higher tax rates, it is surely going to be one expensive phone.
On its own, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a refreshing new player. With its premium design, long-lasting battery and incredible snapshot performance, the Mate 10 Pro can surely compete with some of the best out there. And for Huawei, this is a dramatically improved model over its predecessor – adopting many of the cool trends we’ve grown to appreciate, like its water-resistant construction, 18:9 screenaspect ratio, and dual camera system.
Ultimately, we can say that Huawei has done enough to sell the Mate 10 as a strong competitor in the space, but we wouldn’t necessarily go as far as to say that it has enough distinction to overpower the majority of the bunch out there. Get it primarily if you’re looking for a fabulous camera for still shots and a long battery life.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a strong high-end smartphone, which is even fairly affordable compared to this year’s competitors. The great FullView panel and the good display-to-surface ratio are compelling. With LTE Cat. 18 (max. 1.2 GBit/s) and Dual-VoLTE, there are even features that can currently only be found in the Mate 10 Pro. Added are a great performance, good cameras, and a huge battery that offers an enormous capacity at 4000 mAh, but cannot deliver as claimed. We expect Huawei to make improvements here, but we doubt that this will really be sufficient for the 30% claimed. On the other hand, Huawei delivered excellent work in the rapid charging technology, recharging the smartphone in no time at all.
The high-resolution audio chip sounds enticing, but unfortunately Huawei has cut the headphone jack and offers only wired sound through the USB port. On the other hand, it is a positive that the Chinese manufacturer has decided to integrate aptX HD into the Mate 10 Pro. The loss of the microSD card slot is another negative, which the relatively large 128 GB of storage does not quite make up for. We also would have liked the option to charge the smartphone wirelessly, which would have been particularly useful in the desktop mode.
We were surprised by the high quality of the display. Of course Huawei has also used great panels in the past, but it did not gather much experience with OLEDs until now. Particularly in the core competencies of brightness and color accuracy, the Mate 10 Pro is even better than the competing models by Samsung.
Although the cameras are really good as well, they cannot reach the current top models, since the performance of the hybrid zoom, the low-light performance and video are simply not good enough for this. Anyone who is outdoors a lot will find a great photo companion in the Mate 10 Pro, which enables great shots. Speaking of outdoors: the GPS is very accurate and due to the IP67 certification, you do not need to fear bad weather.
Overall, Huawei offers an excellent smartphone with the Mate 10 Pro, which also convinces with its extremely smooth operating system and great usability. In addition, the product remains relatively affordable at less than 800 Euros (~$928).
Despite its promising performance, impeccable design and top-of-the-range camera, Huawei still stands out in terms of price. The fact that it follows the trend towards more fragility in terms of design and removes the jack plug connection is unfortunately normal and sometimes necessary in view of the competition.
Huawei wants to be first in the race for the best smartphone and the pro version of the Mate series is its strongest effort yet. An astonishing amount of hardware from the previous year is hidden inside. Huawei bets on his breakthrough with the new NPU, the little brain behind the Mate 10 Pro and the new camera effects.
And with the latter Huawei really knows how to impress. After a week I don’t want to let go of this camera for a moment. There’s hardly any other phone with which I can get such a good result so quickly. Here, Huawei can stand up to the consistently more expensive competition.
In the weeks to come, we’ll have the Huawei Mate 10 Pro head-to-head, then we’ll find out how its battery life and the results of its camera with or without filters will cut off against the iPhone 8, Pixel 2 or Galaxy Note 8.
Huawei gets the design, camera, screen, and battery exactly right on the Mate 10 Pro, while the NPU and AI smarts show promise for the future. It’s an exceptional all-round smartphone package we highly recommend.
Are there better alternatives? Huawei has produced its best smartphone in a year when every other manufacturer has also stepped up its game, making competition really tough. The LG V30 is LG’s best phone yet, the Galaxy Note 8 is supremely capable and has a brilliant camera, just like the Pixel 2 XL, and the HTC U11. The iPhone 8 Plus may have been overshadowed by the iPhone X, but both are excellent smartphones worth your money. It’s impossible not to recommend the cheaper OnePlus 5 too. What a year for smartphones.
Pretty much every other flagship smartphone released in 2017 is a worthy alternative to the Mate 10 Pro. Not because the Mate 10 Pro is bad, just because it and everything else is so good.
How long will it last? The Mate 10 Pro has IP67 water resistance, so it’ll survive a light dowsing, but not prolonged immersion in water. The body is made of glass — Gorilla Glass 5 — and is fragile like all glass phones. Put it in a case if you’re clumsy, or care about keeping the finish looking its best. The software is right up-to-date now, but it won’t stay that way for long, and Huawei isn’t fast at releasing new Android versions. This could leave your phone vulnerable to security problems, and the only way to guarantee updates is to buy a Google Pixel 2 phone.
Outside of the software, the hardware is cutting edge, and will easily last you through a two-year contract and beyond. Additionally, the real power and benefits of the NPU will come into play over time, as more apps and services begin to utilize its ability, so the Mate 10 Pro may actually improve with age.
Should you buy it? Yes, and for once you can without using an importer, because the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is coming to the U.S.. The OLED screen is beautiful, the camera is fantastic, there’s masses of power, the battery lasts for a couple of days, and it’s damn good-looking too. Go on, treat yourself.
As a piece of hardware the Mate 10 Pro is a gorgeous device, offering users slick performance, an above-average camera and excellent battery life, all contained in a slick mixed metal-and-glass design.
The only downside is its slightly lacklustre EMUI software, which messes with Android’s stellar UI and adds unwanted and unneeded duplicate apps.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers buyers fantastic hardware and OK software.
The Good The Mate 10 Pro is sleek and solid, very powerful and takes great photos in both colour and black and white. It’s also water-resistant and battery life is superb.
The Bad You can’t expand the storage and there’s no headphone jack. Its software extras are gimmicky.
The Bottom Line While it doesn’t have all the Galaxy Note 8’s features, the Mate 10 Pro earns its place in the high-end big-screen pack.
With the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei hasn’t just delivered a product on par with those of the company’s main rivals — it’s also given us a top-line smartphone that sets a new standard for battery life among high-end phones, and AI-assisted cameras that come alive when inspiration strikes you.
It’s not perfect, though. The EMUI interface could use some trimming down, and although there’s no doubting the build quality, the Mate’s design isn’t very innovative. But even in areas where the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t quite lead the way, it still holds its own. The OLED screen is solid, and software features like knuckle gestures, Private Space and App Pair either rarely or never appear on other handsets – and that includes the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8.
Huawei will tell you the Mate 10 is all about onboard artificial intelligence and everything that AI can bring to the smartphone experience.
And AI is all well and good. What makes the Mate 10 Pro a great buy today is its excellence in the core smartphone experience. Things like getting to the end of the day on a single charge, no matter what you’re doing. And taking excellent photos even in challenging night-time conditions.
That’s not as exciting and futuristic as NPUs and AI, but it’s far more meaningful to most people who’ll use this phone. So get the Mate 10 Pro if you want a beautiful phone with extra-long battery life and one of the best creative cameras — and if you can deal with software that’s occasionally a little unconventional-looking.
Software weirdness being the main negative in a Huawei phone review is nothing new, but EMUI’s quirks are far from the Achilles’ heel that they used to be. The Mate 10 Pro is one of the best phones of the 2017, and a worthy alternative to that Note 8 or Pixel 2 XL you might’ve been thinking about.