- Incredibly fast performance
- Great battery life
- Sharp pictures with accurate colors
- Slow auto-focus on camera
- Display not as sharp as competitors
- No 3.5mm headphone jack
Huawei might have started off as a mid-range smartphone, but they’re expanding their lineup hoping to gain market share from bigger names, such as Samsung and HTC.
Do they hit the mark with the Mate 10 Pro? Read below to find out!
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro falls squarely in the phablet category measuring in at 6.07-by-2.93-by-0.31 inches and weighs 186 grams. As expected, reviewers had difficulty using the phone one-handed, despite the small bezels. Its curved glass back and metal sides also made it difficult for them to grip though they appreciated the design esthetic.
That glass back was surprisingly scratch-resistant. Many critics put it in their pocket alongside change or keys. When they took it out, there were no small scratches or scuffs. It also comes with IP67 certification, which means it can survive even if you drop it in a puddle or pool. Despite the slippery feeling, reviewers found the phone sturdy and reassuring.
Taking a page from the iPhone 8, the Mate 10 Pro did away with the 3.5mm headphone jack—a move that disappointed many.
The 6-inch OLED display comes with a resolution of 2160-by-1080 pixels. While less than even the Mate 10, most critics found that it was good enough, saying you’d be hard-pressed to spot individual pixels. In addition, they add that the colors are punchy with the right amount of pop though. If you're planning to use your phone for editing images or other color-sensitive work, whites weren’t very clean and color reproduction wasn’t as accurate as the Galaxy Note 8.
Despite this, reviewers say it’s still better in terms of viewing angles and color integrity when compared to the Google Pixel 2 or LG V30.
Unlike other smartphone makers, Huawei uses its own processor. The latest iteration is the AI-infused Kirin 970. This, combined with the 6GB of RAM, makes for a very fast phone. It blazed through every task reviewers threw at it without a hiccup and managed 3D games and multitasking.
Because of its powerful processor and huge display, Huawei outfitted the Mate 10 Pro with a 4,000mAh battery.
Experts could get almost one and a half days on a single charge with moderate usage. On standby, it lost only 3 percent of life over a 12-hour period. According to Huawei, the long battery life is due to the processor’s machine learning. It dials back background processes when the phone is not in use.
Like many flagship phones, the Huawei now sports two lenses on the back: a 12MP color sensor and a 20MP monochrome one. The monochrome lens captures detail and improves sharpness while the 12MP one is meant to accurately capture color.
When compared to previous Huawei phones, reviewers noticed a significant improvement in speed. However, they still found it a little slow with auto-focus. Still, this didn’t affect the quality of their images.
Overall, reviewers were happy with sharpness and color accuracy. They were also impressed with its low-light performance, finding low noise levels with good enough detail to post on social media.
In general, critics recommend the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Trusted Reviews states, “... the Mate 10 Pro is a gorgeous device, offering users slick performance, an above-average camera, and excellent battery life…” PC World adds, “... it’s one of the best handsets of the year, with tremendous battery life, incredible speed, and good looks.”
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Jason Million, G Style Magazine
It’s a powerhouse of a smartphone and has most of the bells and whistles you need minus a couple of omissions. I think the $650-700 range is the sweet spot for the Mate 10 Pro.
- Android Guys
A true flagship in every sense of the word, we really love what Huawei does in the Mate 10 Pro. A few quibbles aside, it's probably one of the best devices we've ever tested. The hardware is on par with anything we've used, but the software left us feeling a little bitter.
- Chris Davies, SlashGear
The core of it is admirably solid: the Kirin 970’s performance, the excellent cameras, and the long-lasting battery. More capable Android users will probably want to oust Huawei’s software tweaks for a different launcher, but everybody should be able to appreciate the combination of affordability, s...
- Beau Hamilton, Phonedog
There’s a lot to like about this phone and I want to recommend it to users but given the security concerns and limited carrier support, I can’t recommend it over some of the options we have here from Apple, Google, Samsung, and LG.
- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
A fantastic device mired in the deep chasm of political controversy. You’ll have to make up your own mind about the political ramifications but I say to you. The phone is fantastic! The camera could use some improvements but overall, it’s fantastic.
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Huawei backs up the Mate 10 Pro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Mate 10 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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