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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review – What Does the Extra $100 Get You?

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Following up our review of the Mate 10 here, we now have the bigger brother in our HQ – the Huawei Mate 10 Pro for a review.

SPECSHuawei Mate 10 Pro
Display[1080×2160] 6.0″ AMOLED, ~402ppi
Size (l x w x h)149.5 x 70.6 x 8.4mm , 178g
DesignMetal frame, Corning Gorilla Glass
ColorsMidnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Mocha Brown, Pink Gold
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 970
ProcessorOcta-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GraphicsMali-G72 MP12
Rear CameraDual: 20 MP +12 MP, f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flashVideo Recording:
Up to 4K@30
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.0Video Recording:
Up to 1080p@30
Memory4GB RAM / 64GB internal, 6GB RAM / 128GB internal
ConnectivityGSM/HSPA/LTE-A Cat. 18, WiFi ac, dual-band, DLNA, Bt 4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, A-GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio, USB 3.1 Type-C 1.0, OTG
OSAndroid 8.0
SoftwareEMUI 8.0
BatteryNon-removable 4000mAh Li-Po battery
Official PricePhP 38,990
Availability dateDecember 2017
Where to buyHuawei Experience Stores and Authorized Retailers

Design

At the core, it is still the same as the Mate 10 but with an 18:9 display and with the 3.5mm audio jack now missing. Also, the overall volume is made less by being thinner and less wide than the Mate 10. The colors the Pro are available at are mostly different except for Pink Gold.

Display

The move to an 18:9 display was three steps forward but three steps back. After ditching the QHD display, Huawei went for an FHD+ display that surely raises some brows considering that this is the Pro version. But wait – it is AMOLED now. It is larger by a tenth of an inch and still is HDR10-compliant for currently limited support. Visually, it does look less sharp than the Mate 10’s more pixel-packed display. Colors are vibrant with a two-option setting for Normal or Vivid output. Normal turns the color temperature towards the warmer side and flattens out the colors too. I somehow wish that Huawei added some options to tune the display and Always-On Display, maybe? And as a little follow-up, the resolution can be adjusted.. automatically.

User Experience

Backing up its name, the Mate 10 Pro does feel amazing on the hands once you get used to its width and slippery back. EMUI also got a bit of a boost with gold-laced icons, further promoting the Pro post-text. Other than that, it still offers the same experience as the Mate 10 did down to the camera app.

Camera

Still sporting the same co-engineered Leica lenses, the Pro version performs similarly to its smaller and cheaper brother. Selfies produced are unsurprisingly similar too, and the same traits can be seen with the video recording. Image stabilization is still only present up ’til 1080p at 30 FPS.

Video Sample

Performance

Sporting the same Kirin 970 with an independent NPU, the Pro version can work slightly faster than the base model because of its smaller display. Also, the 6GB RAM variant contributes to overall multitasking capabilities.

BenchmarkHuawei Mate 10 Pro
AnTuTu180944
GeekBenchSC: 1956
MC: 6703
AndrobenchSeq. Read: 742.21MB/s
Seq. Write: 203.29MB/s
Rand. Read: 148.7MB/s
Rand. Write: 14.1MB/s
PCMark Work 2.06748

Battery

The pack – a 4000mAh Li-Po battery lasts a bit longer than the Mate 10’s after a day of training the NPU. Other than hardware and software optimization, this becomes a really hard metric to measure since there’s a unique hardware that works on its own.

BatteryOnePlus 5T
Battery3300mAh Li-Po
ManilaShaker Battery Rating34h 22m
Charging Time (0-100%)1h 28m

Audio

Featuring the same stereo setup with a Stereo+ option, the Mate 10 Pro’s speakers are equally amazing as the base model’s without any discernible improvement or impairment. And since this does not have a built-in 3.5mm audio jack, users will be forced to use the included adapter to use the interface. It still offers the same depth in all aspects – clarity, tunability and presets, which are all top notch for the price it is offered for.

Audio Sample

Verdict

Being a bit more expensive than the Mate 10, the Pro variant offers a few additions and discards a few too. It still sports an amazing chipset, an amazing camera, and a modified EMUI 8.0. I’d only recommend the Mate 10 Pro over the base model if you prefer a better display in exchange for the lack of a dedicated audio jack. Still, with these changes, the Mate 10 Pro is still on our Top 5.

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