This one device from Huawei Mate 10 Pro deserves a standing ovation; because of the fact it’s not only the most high-end phone from the Huawei by far; but it is also one of the most impressive handsets currently on the mobile market. Let’s shed some light on the details of its specs and features in our Huawei Mate 10 Pro review.
What We Like?
- Beautiful new glass design
- Excellent performance, expansive storage
- Multi-day battery life in most cases
- Excellent still camera with color low-light capabilities
What We Don’t?
- Glass body is scratch-prone
- Video camera isn’t the best
- EMUI software still has some weird issues
Highlights Of Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
This amazing device from Huawei is surely packed with high-end specs and innards. Have a look at the highlights of Huawei Mate 10 Pro review to know briefly about its features.
- Price € 799, –
- Colors Black, Brown, Blue, Gray
- OS Android 8.0
- Screen 6 inch Amoled (2160×1080)
- Processor 2.5GHz Octacore (Kirin 970)
- RAM 6GB
- Storage 128GB
- Battery 4000 mAh
- Camera 20 and 12 Megapixel Dual Cam (Back) 8 megapixel (front)
- Connectivity b 4G (LTE), Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, GPS
- Size 15.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 cm
- Weight 178 grams
- Other USB-C, infrared, usb-c-to-3.5mm- adapter, case
Out of the two devices just unveiled by Huawei, the Mate 10 Pro stands out as being the more interesting. It’ll also be the only one coming to the UK, with the regular Mate 10 looking like it’ll only , in China.
While the Mate 10 Pro isn’t necessarily ‘Pro’ in every area – it has a lower-res screen, for example – it still looks to be a huge step in the right direction for Huawei. Read our in-depth Huawei Mate 10 Pro review to learn all its functionality and features details.
Design And Build:
For beginners, it’s got the now de rigueur near-bezel-free front and 18:9 screen. The screen doesn’t curve around the bottoms as on the stunning Samsung Galaxy S8, but those bezels are remarkably slim.
Want evidence? Well, the Mate 10 Pro’s screen-to-body ratio is around 80%, which gives it the edge over the likes of the LG G6 and Google Pixel 2 XL on that front and not far behind Samsung’s most elegant. And yes, we did get those stats from elsewhere.
There’s no groove cutting into the display as on the Apple iPhone X, either – just a sheer strip above it accommodating the front camera; flash and first speaker, and an equally minuscule one at the base with the Huawei logo on it. It honestly does look pleasantly futuristic from the exterior and is the complement of any 2017 phone other than the S8 and, likely, the iPhone X.
The back is even more impressive: a single slab of glass lying on top of the colored aluminum. You can get it in blue, silver or the instead eliciting pinky/goldy/brown color of my Huawei Mate 10 Pro review unit; and all three look grand, like expressly shiny sports cars. Of course, the primary impediment with all that glass is that, well, it tends to break. The Mate 10 Pro employs individually heat-treated Gorilla Glass, which claims to make it more repellent to mistreatment, but after a week’s usage mine had already indented up few minor marks.
That said, it’s certainly more robust than your ordinary wine glass; given that it did endure a two-foot fall on to a firm floor. No, that wasn’t a conscious part of the testing manner – instead of the result of my main objection about the Mate 10 Pro’s design: because the glass back is rounded, it has a tenor to skid around when putting on anything other than a completely smooth surface. Stick it carelessly on the peak of a pile of books or something and more frequently than not it’ll gradually slide off as if held by an unusually bland spirit.
The dual cameras are themselves set on a stylish strip of a slightly different colour to the rest of the phone. They protrude somewhat from the body, but that just implies you won’t end up holding one when you’re fumbling around for the fingerprint sensor.
Volume and power are on the right-hand side, up top there’s an IR blaster (remember them?) and mic, and down the bottom, there’s another speaker, another mic, and a USB-C port. But (drum roll please…) there’s no headphone socket – so you’ll need to go wireless or use an adaptor, which Huawei supplies in the box.
You also receive a pair of USB-C headphones with the handset, but they sound cheap and tinny and don’t fit correctly either. None out of three ain’t bad, eh? Oh.
The Mate 10 Pro’s 6-inch, 2160 x 1080 display reflects the trend of 2017 flagships; with its AMOLED tech, high dynamic range (HDR10) support and 18:9 aspect ratio. This \screen is a move forward from the 5.9-inch LCD seen on the standard Mate 10 — though, inexplicably, that screen lauds an insignificantly higher resolution than the one in the more upscale model.
Based on our side-by-side testing for Huawei Mate 10 Pro review, the Mate 10’s display is high-grade as far as AMOLED panels go, but it can’t positively hold up to what the Note 8 proposals. The significantly lower resolution of the Mate 10 Pro’s screen suggests UI details and text seem more jagged and full of pixels upon closer
Huawei Mate 10 Pro review. On the Huawei’s Normal color profile, colors are a bit luminous and neater than in the Note 8’s Basic mode, but those tones need the same broad color range. Viewing angles are a tad adverser as well, with an imperceptibly more-pronounced blue hue as you shift the handset from side to side.
Still, this is a solid display, even if it isn’t significantly the best one available on the market. The Mate 10 Pro designated a peak full-screen illumination of 449 nits, which is somewhat above the 433-nit average for smartphones. The screen reached 147.2 percent of the sRGB color gamut and nicked a Delta-E color-accuracy score of 0.62. The Note 8 did a bit better, with results of 204.8 and 0.5, respectively. (Color-accuracy scores closer to 0 are better.)
Powering the Mate 10 Pro is a new AI-infused Kirin 970 processor. Every feature of this phone has an artificial intelligence twist; from the way, apps launch to how the camera bounces modes depending on what you’re capturing a picture of.
The Kirin 970 is an eight-core CPU with a 12-core GPU, plus a dedicated ‘Neural processing unit’ that’s there to power the AI.
There’s no skepticism, this will be a potent chip, but I believe Huawei might strive to get across just what this AI does. Rather than having an open personality or a visual key to what it’s doing, it fundamentally just modifies how some things work.
In the camera, for instance, it can perceive your surroundings before you click a picture and change modes. If you’re capturing a picture of a flower or plant, it’ll know the diversity and shift to the appropriate settings. It worked excellently during my fleeting time with the phone for Huawei Mate 10 Pro review, but I’ll require to tackle it in more measuring conditions to know for sure.
Joined with the Kirin 970 is 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, but no microSD slot. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is one of the first smartphones to be Cat 18 equipped, implying it’ll run with 1.2Gbps networks whenever those might begin to come. This is the kind of future-proof tech I presume to mark on the Mate line. Even though it’ll be of no worth to 99% of people.
I’ll keep proper benchmarking for when I have a phone running complete and final software, but everything looks stable so far.
Huawei’s phone design has been updating, but the software still seems held in the past. EMUI 8 remains atop Android 8, and while it’s fine to have the newest version of Android here, I would much favor it if Huawei quit messing up so much.
When loads of Android peels are springing to resemble a lot more like Google’s concept, Huawei is still changing icons and modifying pretty much every features of the software. The notification panel is crammed with so many icons, and there’s much of bloatware – games, social apps and everything else. If I need to install Instagram, I know where to find it.
A handful of features for the Mate 10 Pro incorporate a convenient icon that’ll open information in split-screen view instead of using up the entire display and of course lots of ‘AI’ reforms. Huawei states the phone shouldn’t lag down after a few months and the memory won’t be bogged down.
There is an 8-MP camera in front; which has a settled focus and with an aperture of f/2.0 is nominally less light-sensitive than its antecedent. You can record videos in Full HD and stereo sound. There is also electric image stabilization. Even in low light, the camera still determines itself surprisingly light-sensitive, and even if this is imperceptibly at the cost of details, the proposed performance is still more than sufficient for social networks and such. In the daytime, the optics deliver good results. Also, there is a ten-step Beauty mode and a Bokeh mode.
The dual camera on the back gives a 12-MP RGB sensor as well as a 20-MP monochrome sensor. The camera has been generated in cooperation with Leica and allows the more light-sensitive Summilux lenses (H 1:1.6 / 27 ASPH); both of which have an aperture of f/1.6. However, the optical image stabilization is restricted to the RGB sensor. The second monochrome optics are deemed to guarantee more detailed images in low light by coupling the information from the second sensor with that of the first. You can also take classic black-and-white images, which constrain with a high contrast and dynamic.
The new NPU also plays a role with the camera; allowing fast automatic scene recognition and altering the camera settings respectively to assure optimal image results undeviatingly when holding the shutter release. The hybrid zoom; which mimics a dual optical zoom and is able to digitally increase up to 10 times, is also included.
The Mate 10 Pro’s outstanding battery life is one big reason why you’d opt for this device over other best flagships.
Its 4,000-mAH battery delivered 14 hours and 33 minutes of web surfing on T-Mobile’s LTE network; solid enough to knock down the Note 8 by more than 3 hours. Among superior flagships, the Pixel 2 XL endured 12:09 and the iPhone X 10:49. The iPhone 8 Plus scored 11:16.
Huawei has also tied in a reverse-charging mode; enabling you to top up other phones using the Mate 10 Pro’s battery. That’s something you’d expect to get in a rough phone like the CAT S41, rather than a smartphone this premium. Plus, with the added SuperCharge adapter; the Mate 10 Pro can attain a 60 percent charge from empty in about 30 minutes. That’s a pleasant addition, particularly acknowledging the size of the Mate 10 Pro’s battery — though, again, we would have preferred to see Huawei make the most of that glass rear by supporting wireless charging.
Our Point Of View:
Huawei has cracked it with the Mate 10 Pro. This is a stunning smartphone with a beautiful screen, water resistance and stereo speakers. It also consolidates an excellent practitioner camera and lots of power under the cover; not to discuss tons of storage and class-leading battery life.
Is the Mate 10 Pro going to be for all? Not. Many won’t be able to overlook the need for a headphone jack. While, others will grimace at the notion of a phone with no microSD card support; while Android purists may resent Huawei’s cumbersome user interface, Emotion UI.
It’s also not, notwithstanding its aperture; the best point and shoot smartphone camera around.
Those criticisms aside though, it’s difficult to argue with the price of the Mate 10 Pro – at €799 (roughly £715, $945, AU$1200); while high for a Huawei phone of old; it gouges its main competitors while, in many cases, offering more for less.
The particular areas it rises above the pack are out of the box storage; with only the 128GB alternative confirmed for general release thus far; and battery life – lasting 50% longer than most of its main competitors.
As our Huawei Mate 10 Pro review suggests; the add-on of a pre-fitted screen protector and a soft plastic case in the box; only help Huawei’s latest phone feel like a great blend of premium and comparatively decent value for money.