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Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: Large Format with Grand class

After Samsung, LG, Apple and others, Huawei also jumps into the world of borderless screens. In this review, we take a look at the stylish Huawei Mate 10 Pro, with a dual camera, Android 8.0 and more.

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Although we still mainly know Huawei in Nigeria from affordable, decent Android Smartphones, the company takes a lot out of the Mate series once a year. They are the largest, most powerful and most expensive phones of the Chinese manufacturer. The new Huawei Mate 10 Pro continues that trend and with a price tag of 799 euros is one of the more expensive smartphones of the moment. Does one know to justify that recommended price?

Design and Screen: borderless and shiny

Huawei follows the competition closely and has equipped the Huawei Mate 10 Pro with an almost borderless 6-inch screen. Only a small edge can be seen at the top and bottom. As a result, the smartphone is still fairly handy. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is even half a centimetre smaller and less wide than the Mate 9, while the new device has a slightly larger screen. Therefore it fits very nice in your pocket and you can handle it fine with one hand.

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The screen has a resolution of 2160 by 1080 pixels. That is slightly lower than with other flagships, although you notice little in reality. Only when you are sitting on the screen with your nose, is it noticeable that the image is slightly grainy? The advantage of such a lower resolution is that less power is used. The amoled screen is also nice and bright and splashes the colours of the screen.

Unfortunately, other design choices are more difficult to understand. For example, Huawei has removed the headphone connection. You can listen to music wirelessly or via the USB Type-C port. We do not understand why the gate was killed because other Huawei devices do have room for it. In fact, even the ordinary Huawei Mate 10 simply has the connection in which the Smartphones have the virtual identical hardware.

The back is also shiny this year, instead of the matte metal on the Mate 9. This makes it a true magnet for fingerprints. And instead of one excellent block for the camera lenses, there are now two loose bumps. That makes the lenses quite scratch sensitive. During our test period, the edge around the lenses became slightly damaged. A case is therefore not a luxury.

Android Oreo and more updates

The Mate 10 is Huawei’s first smartphone with Android 8.0 (Oreo). This means that you immediately have the latest features, such as reduced battery consumption on standby and a picture-in-picture mode for watching videos.

In honour of that new software, the company also updated its own interface, EMUI, to version 8.0. The differences with last year are minimal. Huawei’s version of Android looks quite busy and the manufacturer tries to add many of its own features. Some, such as the Eye comfort mode that gives the screen less bright colours at night, are welcome. Others such as a non-removable Booking.com app.

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Although taste is generally subjective, we find the Huawei interface itself quite ugly. The finish is simply not available in several places. For example, in the quick settings panel, where some options just do not fit on one line. Or at the settings, where brightly coloured, unclear icons provide little clarity. And otherwise, it is the included themes, one even messier than the other. Functionally EMUI is in order but beautifully is different.

The good news is that Huawei Android updates finally seems to be taken seriously. The manufacturer promises that it will provide all Smartphones of 349 euros or more, including the Mate 10 Pro, at least one and a half years of updates. Although it remains to be seen whether Huawei keeps to that promise, it sounds good to us for the time being. Whether the company is just as complete with security updates is still the question. At the time of writing our review device is still running on the security update of October 2017, while Google has already released it in November.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Hardware

An important component of the Mate 10 Pro is the new Kirin 970 chip. According to Huawei, it is the first chip with built-in artificial intelligence. In practice, this translates into fast image recognition. When you point the camera at a cat, snowy landscape or a group of friends, the Mate 10 recognizes that immediately and adjusts the settings accordingly.

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It works pretty well in reality. When photographing text, the camera ensures that everything remains legible, while in an animal photograph it always keeps the beast in focus. But we would not call it revolutionary again. Some other manufacturers, such as Sony, have been offering this functionality for some time.

Furthermore, the hardware of the Mate 10 Pro is excellent. Apps open quickly and work without hesitation. Even after a full month of testing, we did not run into problems at all. In addition, the Pro is probably helped by the large 6GB RAM.

About 110GB of the built-in 128GB storage space is available to the user after setting. That is probably more than sufficient for most users. That should also be because the Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers no place for a memory card. If your space is full, you have to start with online storage services.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Improved Camera

On the back is a double camera, which has been developed in collaboration with Leica. There is a primary 12-megapixel camera that shoots in colour, supplemented by a secondary 20-megapixel camera that makes monochrome images. The images of these two lenses are combined – just as with the Mate 9 and P10 – to shoot sharper pictures. You can also zoom in 2x without loss of quality. The company uses at least many technical tricks to make beautiful photos under all circumstances – and that works.

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The photos are clear, sharp and above all very colourful. Where on the Mate 9 sometimes they were a bit dull, the colours on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro splashed a lot more of the screen. Sometimes, a little too much, because the photos do not seem to be completely colourfast.

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In the camera app, you can also adjust the aperture strength for shooting. The further you slide this bar to the left, the stronger the depth of field effect. With a little bit of blur, most of the photos immediately look a lot nicer. If, however, you screw it a little too far, the camera sometimes has some difficulty distinguishing edges. If you zoom in on the hair for example in a portrait photo, it suddenly turns out to be partially blurred.

You can also choose to shoot only with the monochrome camera. These black-and-white photos have a strong contrast, so even your pet, a toy or something else frivolous still looks artistic. For photos with a lot of light or white image, the end result is sometimes a little dull. At night or in dark rooms the monochrome camera comes into play.

The front is a selfie camera of 8-megapixels. You can not only adjust the aperture strength but also apply a beauty filter. So, you don’t only have a vague background, but also a blurry face where unevenness is brushed away. Again, you use the filters the best in moderation. If you put both sliders in full, then you have a selfie that is allowed in a folder for plastic surgery.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Battery life

With a capacity of 4000 mAh, the Mate 10 Pro has one of the largest batteries of the moment. You notice this immediately in daily use. Even with fairly active use, we naturally reached a full day without charging. Often there was about 40 percent battery left in the evening. We also succeeded several times to keep it up for two days without charging.

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In the unlikely event that your battery is suddenly empty, the Mate 10 Pro will happily support charging quickly. In just thirty minutes the battery is already more than 60 percent full. Even if you only charge a few minutes, you can continue for a few hours. It is a battery that you never have to worry about, and that is a big plus.

Conclusion on Huawei Mate 10 Pro review

The Huawei Mate 9 was secretly one of our favourite Android Smartphones, and with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro which comes with some advance steps in the right direction. The borderless screen makes the smartphone more stylish and the promise of faster, more consistent updates is more than welcome. Especially the camera is impressive. With the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei is convincingly among the top of smartphone cameras.

Unfortunately, we can find less in a few other choices. It is a pity that Huawei also removes the headphone connection, and the software is sometimes ugly. In addition, the recommended retail price of 799 euros is quite strong, especially since alternatives such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 are now far less popular. If you want a lot of storage space, lots of raw power and a good dual camera with lots of options then the Mate 10 Pro is definitely a good upgrade.

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The Huawei Mate 9 was secretly one of our favourite Android Smartphones, and with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro which comes with some advance steps in the right direction. The borderless screen makes the smartphone more stylish and the promise of faster, more consistent updates is more than welcome. Especially the camera is impressive. With the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei is convincingly among the top of smartphone cameras.

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