Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review

At CES 2018, Huawei highlighted their latest flagship, the Mate 10 Pro. The Mate 10 Pro sports Huawei’s new Kirin 970 Octa-core processor, complete with a Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) that touts high-end performance with efficient power usage. It features a Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses featuring an aperture of f1/6, promising to capture more light with more clarity than ever before. You also have a 6-inch QHD+OLED Huawei FullView Display and a 4000 mAh battery, hoping to bring you beautiful imagery and a nice long battery life.

Let’s dive in.

Build, Look, and Feel

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Specs
Size Height: 154.2mm
Width: 74.5mm
Depth: 7.9mm
Weight: 178g
CPU HUAWEI Kirin 970
Octa-core CPU (4*Cortex
A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
Memory 6GB RAM +128GB ROM
OS Android™ 8.0
Camera Front: 8MP FF, f/2.0
Main camera: 20MP
Monochrome+12MP RGB, f/1.6 + f/1.6
OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
Dual-LED flash
PDAF+CAF+Laser+Depth auto focus
2x Hybrid Zoom
4K video recording
Display 6.0” Huawei FullView Display
18:9 OLED Display
2160 x 1080 pixels, 402ppi
Battery 4000 mAh
Emotion UI EMUI 8.0
Connectivity Gigabit LTE speed BT4.2,
support BLE support aptX/aptX
HD and LDAC HD Audio
USB Type C DisplayPort 1.2
Colors Midnight Blue
Titanium Gray
Mocha Brown

The body of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is stunning in itself, coming in the colors Midnight Blue, Titanium Grey, and Mocha Brown. Our Midnight Blue review unit tugs at my heartstrings with blue being my favorite overall color. I especially like the highlighted strip across the LEICA camera, which adds a nice subtle pop to the design of the device’s rear. The sleek and shimmery 3D Glass Body is IP67 water and dust resistant, giving the device some fortification against the elements to match its beauty.

On the front of the device, you have your earpiece, front camera, and status LED. On the back, you have the LEICA dual-lens camera, a flash LED, a laser sensor, and the fingerprint scanner. Along the right side, you have volume and power buttons while along the top you have a secondary microphone and an infrared sensor. Last but not least, on the bottom you have two primary microphones, a USB-C port, and the phone’s main speaker.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes complete with a generous set of phone essentials. Outside of the standard USB-to-USB-C charging cable and wall adapter, you also get a pair of USB-C earphones, a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter, a screen-protecting film and a transparent protective case.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a gorgeous device featuring a beautiful and rich 18:9 OLED display. Right out of the box, the Mate 10 Pro’s default lock screen rotates between various high-definition images to showcase just how crisp and vivid the phone’s display is. Color pops on the Huawei FullView Display where black is absolutely dark and sharp while all other colors are bright and vibrant. The thin bezel around the screen makes the most of the device’s front, wasting as little space as possible. This display welcomes you to enjoy your favorite forms of media, whether you are flipping through photos, watching a movie, or playing your favorite mobile games.

Without a case, the 154.2mm by 74.5mm large yet thin Mate 10 Pro is actually very easy to grasp and does not do much to slip out of your hands. The curved glass body is not slick or slippery, allowing the device to be held with ease, regardless of the screen orientation. Whether you’re using the phone upright or in a landscape fashion, the Mate 10 Pro is surprising comfortable to handle with just a single hand, despite its larger “phablet”-like size. Its thin bezel and light weight body adds yet even more to that level of comfort.

Some audiophiles out there may scoff at the lack of a 3.5mm port on the phone, but at least Huawei’s assortment of accessories is quite complete. Out of the box, not only do you get a USB-C to 3.5mm converter, but also you have all you need to protect your device while not taking away from the visual appeal of the device. The protective screen film and clear body case not only keeps the device quite slim, but they allow you to continue to show off the beauty of the Mate 10 Pro without sacrificing too much protection. We weren’t about to slam the phone around to test the integrity of the case, but here something was indeed better than nothing when it came to safeguarding the device.

Continue on to read about the Mate 10 Pro’s Camera