The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has an interesting history in the United States. It was rumored that it was supposed to have been released on AT&T and Verizon during CES 2018. The release on these carriers was swiftly cancelled mere hours before the announcement was set to occur. Although we may never know how the Mate 10 Pro would have sold had it have had a successful release on two of the US’s largest carriers we can look at how this device holds up in its current state as an unlocked device. With that history lesson out of the way, lets talk about if the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is worth your hard-earned cash.
- Class-leading battery life
- Camera detects objects in real-time
- Stunning Portrait mode
- Strong performance
- Handy software features
- Minimal bezels
- No wireless-charging support
- Frustrating user interface
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0|
|Screen Size (Resolution)||6 inches (2160 x 1080)|
|CPU||Hisilicon Kirin 970|
|Rear Camera||12-MP main, 20-MP monochrome, dual f/1.6|
|Front Camera||8-MP, f/2.0|
|Battery Life (Hrs:Min)||14:39|
|Water Resistance||Yes (IP67)|
|Size||6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches|
- The best looking Mate yet
- Sleek mix of metal and glass
- Punchy screen but rivals are sharper
Speaking of pixels, let’s talk about that display, shall we? That display consists of a 6 inch 18:9 2160x1080p OLED display running at 60hz.
The display itself isn’t the highest resolution, nor is it the most amazing looking in terms of quality however if you’re not looking at it next to a Samsung made device then I don’t think you have much to worry about.
The display gets bright enough for you to see it outdoors and it does this without demolishing your battery life which is a nice change from other devices. Given the circumstances the display is good, it may leave you wanting more in the next year but for April 2018 it’s a good, bright, and detailed display. Huawei did a good job, especially choosing OLED over LCD, especially for the battery saving capabilities.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro device has Android 8.0 Oreo with the December 1st, 2017 security patch and EMUI 8.0. Regardless the user interface is nice. EMUI has an app drawer as well as quick access to your Google feed like the Pixel Launcher has therefore I didn’t feel an overwhelming need to change it. The whole device even has a nice UI wide dark mode which not only looks nice but also helps with battery life.
The software itself did have many drawbacks, I’m going to cover the ones that can’t be easily replaced with a new launcher or something like that. I first want to comment on random reboots. I had about 8 or 9 over the 7 days I was using the device. This is completely inexcusable. I am assuming that I am running on finalized software even though this is a review device. In saying that some of my more minor complaints are with how the device handles notification. From what I understand it was a battery saving measure but it still doesn’t excuse how bothersome it was missing days’ worth of messages because I forgot to open the application.
The lockscreen caused me a few problems as well. First off, there isn’t an always on display mode, something that is standard in Android itself. There’s no reason a device with an OLED display shouldn’t have one. You also cannot expand notifications in the lockscreen. This was annoying in multiple occasions where I wanted to see what a notification said before unlocking my device. These are minor annoyances however it interrupts the fluid interactions Android has spent years tailoring.
There are two camera modules around the back of the Hauwei Mate 10 Pro, one with a 12MP color (RGB) sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), the other with a 20MP black and white (monochrome) sensor and no OIS.
I took a lot of black and white pictures in the snow and I must say they looked almost professional. I was very impressed. The device also prides itself on its AI capabilities within the camera. It would intelligently know what subjects I was trying to take a picture of and change some settings however I didn’t notice a huge difference.
The phone’s cameras leverage this unique resource through object recognition by tuning exposure parameters when they identify certain things.
Overall, the Mate 10 Pro isn’t the best automatic camera around, though there are many, many hidden depths to its camera capabilities.
- Big 4,000mAh battery
- Lasts a long time and charges fast
The battery life is where this device will really get you. The capacity is 4000 mah which is really good, but I really think Huawei’s software is what makes all the difference. I’m not sure what wizards Huawei employs but they seem to make my battery last nearly twice if any other device I use.
Early reports on the Mate 10 Pro battery were pretty damning in fact, stating that it struggled to make it through a day.
Screen on-time is excellent here. Even with occasional gaming, film watching, hotspotting and Tinder swiping, the phone lasts a very comfortable day.
Not only is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro the most impressive device we’ve seen from Huawei to date, it’s also one of the most impressive flagships currently on the market, undercutting the competition while offering more in some key areas.
Huawei has done some awesome stuff with the battery life and cameras on this device that I do not think are worth missing and if you’re in need of a change of pace Huawei is a really good company to look at however, make sure you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile when you’re picking it up.