With Google, Samsung and Apple battling their way through the mobile market, the not so famous Chinese company Huawei seem to be catching up. Huawei’s outstanding new “Intelligent machine” seems to be joining the competition.
As the ones who are familiar with a few products from Huawei’s Mate series will notice, the new flagship looks different compared to the older ones. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes with a glossy glass finish rather than a matte metal finish. The device is also curved on all sides, so it feels sleeker and easier to grip.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro differs from the Mate 10 in a few ways; the Pro comes with a larger 6-inch OLED screen instead compared to the regular model which measures 5.9 inches diagonally and uses an LCD panel. Although the word “Pro” gives us higher expectations, the Pro’s display resolution is just 2,160 x 1,080, compared to the normal phone which has a sharper 2,560 x 1,440 screen, but according to Huawei, this was done to conserve battery power.
Coming to the physical appearance and specifications of the phone, the Mate 10 Pro has a 6.07-inch body with a glass finish and weighs 178g. The phone also comes with a dual sim slot and is IP67 certified (dust and water resistant). The phone runs on Androids latest “Oreo” and houses a Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset along with an octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU.
Unfortunately, the phone does not offer an SD card slot, although it does come in two variants which offer enough storage to function smoothly. The phone has a 128GB version which comes with 6GB of RAM and a 64GB version which comes with 4GB of RAM and four colors to choose from Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold. Unfortunately for the Pro, the headphone jack has been removed but thankfully a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter is provided in the box and the phone has a dedicated noise cancellation mic.
The Mate 10 Pro comes with a 3.1 Type C connector and promises fast battery charging with up to 58% in 30 minutes. The phone also supports NFC and Infrared control. Some of the other features include a Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, barometer and a compass. The phone houses a 4000mAh non-removable battery and lasts for around 14 hours while surfing the web, the phone also offers a reverse-charging mode, allowing you to top off other devices using the Mate 10 Pro’s battery.
Finally coming to one of the most important aspects of this Huawei Mate 10 Pro review, the camera! The Mate 10 pro comes with a Dual 20MP+12MP camera with 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics, phase detection, laser autofocus and a dual tone flash. The new Mate improves over its predecessor with its f/1.6 aperture lenses. The Mate 10 Pro’s dual camera system happens to be a first for Huawei. The handset combines a 12-megapixel main sensor with a 20-megapixel monochrome one, both of which sport f/1.6 apertures which turns out to be the widest of any camera the company has ever produced. The Mate 10 Pro is Huawei’s first smartphone to launch with a dedicated chip for handling artificial intelligence, called the neural network processing unit (NPU).The phone can identify 13 different scenarios in total, including faces, flowers, plants, food, dogs, and cats, and Huawei promises to add more if necessary in future updates.
The Mate 10 Pro’s cameras are about as complete as any you’ll find on competing flagships and is proved to be just as capable. Coming to the front camera, it’s competitive across the board, with great electronic stabilization, 8MP stills resolution and 1080p video capabilities complete with live beautification – which actually works really well.
The Mate 10 Pro hasn’t just delivered a product on par with those of the company’s main rivals but 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. Although the phone could use a little improvement here and there, the Mate’s design might not be very innovative and 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. Depending on the U.S. price tag for the Mate 10 Pro, the phone would definitely give its competitors a run for their money.