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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review

  MPC Team

The last few months have been quite busy for all of us as all the major smartphone manufacturing companies have bombarded upon us their flagship phones. One of them is Huawei, which released is Huawei Mate 10 Pro to make a flashy statement in the world. Theoretically, the high-end smartphone by Huawei tends to be a strong contender in the flagship mobile phone race, but it is still definitely going to face a tough competition from rival phones such as Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, Apple iPhone X and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 etc. So, let us all find out whether Huawei Mate 10 Pro is going to make its mark in the mobile wars or not!

Design

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Huawei has this time ditches the previous design formats and in case of Mate 10 Pro it has given a fresh and new-looking design to us, which has its own value among its siblings. What is missed here is the all-metal construction of predecessor Huawei Mate 9 Pro, while new-in-fashion glass-metal-trim design has replaced it. This approach has been followed by many other competitors as well by now, but Huawei has adopted its approach in a different way, i.e. mostly through the signature stripe that runs throughout the camera lenses, and which add charm and style to the design, which could otherwise be so typical.

Most like other competitor phones, Mate 10 Pro will also be following a screen design that will be following the bezel-less look. This will give it a steady screen-to-body ratio of exactly 80.97%. additionally, there is a subtle curved glass wrapping around this device that will make it shine under the light in some particular angles. However, it will also make it like a big fingerprint magnet.

With regard to improvement in the last year’s predecessor, Mate 10 Pro is going to be blessed with water and dust resistance, as it is IP67 certified. This is a very good news as it is the first phone by Huawei to have this rating, which will also make it the better choice in its competition. Moreover, we will also be pleased to witness the return of IR and fingerprint sensors in this phone, but we are disappointed to see the absence of headphone jack from it. However, in order to console its fans, Huawei mobile phone has installed USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, and along with that it has also given an Earpods-esque pair of USB-C headphones.

So, when you grab it in hand, you are definitely going to love its look and feel. Moreover, the glass-meets-metal-trim design is increasingly becoming a new normal, which is also becoming a bit tiresome for many. Still, it does provide it a very premium sort of finishing, and it features a water resistance, and it is absolutely different on its rear end.

Display

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is going to feature the 6-inch display involving 2160 x 1080 pixels FullView OLED display. The phone is going to be all-screen and will feature minimal bezels along with 18:9 aspect ratio. This trend has also been recent in the last one year. So, it is not surprising that Huawei is following this trend. And it is also helpful in terms of cramming more screen into the body.

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On the whole, we cannot complain much about the display quality in Mate 10 Pro. For our vision, the display is going to be quite comprehensive enough. The colors also have a shimmering tone, and the screen remains clearly visible even under the direct sunlight. We can however also see some distortion with the screen when we tilt or view it in different certain angles. This normally gives it a colder tone, but it does not seem to be much distracting.

Interface and Functionality

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro is going to have the Emotion UI 8.0 Experience, which will be running on top of the stock Android 8.0 Oreo. As compared to the aesthetics and style of the previous versions, the EMUI 8.0 is visually the drastic departure. We will now have the customization available for almost all the aspects of this new interface, i.e. from leveraging the fingerprint sensor to the customizable floating navigation dock to pulling down the notification panel, we are going to have an enhanced experience that will be up to our liking.

Huawei has also said bigger words about the real-time on-device AI installed on the phone. This enhances the actual power of Kirin 970 SoC for constructing the dedicated neural network processing unit. In the first place, we thought that much of this AI-driven experience is going to be something tangible, which is more like experienced in case of Bixby by Samsung, but this stuff is more of behind the scenes. Necessarily, this NPU provides the phone to carry a vision engine in real time, which also has effective power management and language understanding etc.

Most of the features are however not new, such as the knuckle gestures and the UI, but they have still all been improved to a certain level. PrivateSpace is one of the new things that we admire in EMUI 8.0. This actually makes the second user account, which can be accessed only through a particular fingerprint. Hence, if your right index finger is linked with your main account, then you can simply make a new account through your left index finger.

The most compelling thing in the phone is the Projection mode. This is more like that DeX mode in Samsung, in which your phone will be tethered to the display screen for offering you the desktop-like experience. Additionally, you will also be able to pair the keyboard and Bluetooth mouse for enhancing your experience. For this, you will also not be required any specific dock. Rather, all you need is the USB Type-C to HDMI adapter, and that’s it! The only thing that we can complain about this Projection mode is that the phone display needs to be turned on for its working, and hence the display cannot be turned off to save some battery.

Processor and Performance

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Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 970 SoC was officially release back in the IFA 2017 event. This chipset actually breaks down to the 4 Cortex A73 cores that are running at 2.36 GHz, and the other is the 4 Cortex A53 cores at 1.8 GHz. That being said, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is definitely going to run as smoothly as possible. The fundamental operation and performance are equal to the performance of other high-end smartphones, so the result is fabulous.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is going to have 4GB or 6GB of RAM, which is enough for handling those operations that are processor-intensive. When it comes to gaming, this smartphone is going to be more capable for continuously delivery of the smooth frame rate without any lag. So, if you are a gaming lover, then you would just need to look for such great response that this phone is going to offer.

Moreover, this phone is going to have 128GB of internal storage, whereas the other variant has 64GB of storage. Unfortunately, this phone is not going to have any option for storage expansion, and hence if you are looking for shooting the 4K videos, then it will be a good idea to have the variant featuring the larger capacity.

Camera

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Huawei was the first company, which featured the dual-camera system for the first time before any other company could decide to jump onto this bandwagon. So, you ought to believe that Huawei is perfecting its art in dual camera system as compared to its last year’s models. Huawei once again made partnership with the Leica for its Mate 10 Pro, and once again, it has effectively received the improvements in hardware.

Similar to the camera configuration featured in P10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is going to have 12MP color sensor and will also have 20MP monochrome sensor, while the color sensor will feature optical stabilization. Another impressive thing about this camera is that it has f/1.6 aperture, which will theoretically provide effective light sensitivity, and resultantly it will offer better low light performance. Additionally, the main dual camera will also have classic 4-in-1 hybrid focus that will merge laser focusing, depth focus, phase detection and contrast focus for getting the best result. On the front end, Mate 10 Pro is going to feature 8MP camera.

As far as the camera interface is concerned, it will also be normal. It will have the usual list of feature and modes, e.g. manual controls, panoramic mode and slow-motion mode. And as was the case with P10 in the past, there will be particular wide-aperture and portrait models, which will be helpful in blurring the background for keeping the subject in shape. It will be doing a great job in both the cases, and it will be available in main as well as front cameras.

Phone lovers will be definitely delighted to see a plethora of options in this regard, but this neural processing unit will be highlighted here through the ability of the phone for it to perform in real time scenes as well as for recognizing objects. It will be able to recognize up to 13 modes, and further this phone will also be able to evaluate what the user is actually capturing. He will also be able to implement the particular adjustments, e.g. sharpness and color saturation for making the photos pop up in best shape. Where this gesture must be appreciated well, it will also be great to turn this feature off so as to make adjustments in customized manner later on.

So, how will this be justified? As a matter of fact, this will compete the best available in the current scenario vis-à-vis still-shot photography, which actually provide a balanced performance in all types of conditions. Moreover, when you have sufficient lightening, this phone will then be able to capture the photos of amazing quality, which will contain sharp details, decent handling and rich colors involving dynamic range. Similarly, especially the macro shots are the most impressive. In low light conditions, the main camera will be able to handle the conditions in qualitative manner, and it will further stave off the graininess as well as noise, which usually damage other phones.

Furthermore, utilizing the portrait and wide-aperture modes as well would improve the level and look of the photos. In the significant period of the past, camera has done a great job in evaluating the subject, which further allows the background to be highlighted in a professional manner. The time when it seems that the camera is underperforming is when you use the portrait and wide-aperture modes in low lights conditions. In this regard, extensive sort of softening effect is implemented on the photo, which results in the loss of many details. The same is quite true in case of performance of the front camera. However, it does better in case of the ideal situations.

Additionally, while you are shooting the video, it will be good for you if you just stick to the highest possible resolution, i.e. 4K, which is taken in 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is because in this case you will be getting the best-possible result, and the details in this regard will also be rich, while the focus would also be spiffy, and similarly there will also not be much of the arti-facting when the camera is being moved around. The strange thing in this regard however is the poor results found when the 1080p capture is implemented. In this case, we get very soft details, which definitely makes them less appealing. Where it looks nicer to enable the stabilization through 1080p capturing, it is wished that there will be a bit more detail and sharpness in the video. In case of low light at 1080p or even 4K, the camera will be struggling with the smeary appearance and choppier capture.

All in all, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is going to perform in stunning manner vis-à-vis still shots. Dual-camera system is going to offer the photos of sharper quality, which will be helpful in the screen recognition. In case of video, this will be sufficient only in the case of 4K capture.

Multimedia

Mate 10 Pro features the OLED display involving 18:9 aspect ratio, which makes it clearly skillful in provision of the visual feast to the users’ eyes while watching the videos. The display will also be supporting the HDR10 standard for content for higher dynamic range.

The USB-C headphones, which look exactly the same as Earpods by apple, will provide the vast amount of solid tunes. It is also pleasing to note that the box will also come with adapter that is helpful for people who want to connect their own pair of headphones.

Battery Life

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When it comes to the battery performance in case of Huawei Mate 10 Pro, all you will get is the longevity, which will let you achieve the two-day usage on normal scale on regular basis. This consolidates the fact quite easily that bigger is going to be better. This is because this phone is going to feature 4000mAh battery that will be better than 3500mAh battery capacities featured by rival phones. SuperCharge technology of Huawei will also be complementing this mighty battery. This will charge up to 58% battery within half an hour, which is a great achievement by the way.

Call Quality

We did not experience any problem with regard to the phone calls in case of Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The call quality delivered a well-rounded performance. The voices were quite audible through the speaker, but it was found that we really needed to mash the phone with our ear in order to get the sufficient tones passing through us. Overall, we did have distinctive and clear tones, even when we were experiencing a noisy environment externally. When we switched to the speaker mode, we had a higher volume level for conducting the conversations. The phone also had an omni directional speaker, which would easily leverage the microphones on the phone for 360-degree or directional 120-degree focus coverage.

Conclusion

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro price in Pakistan is PKR 88,000. The price is relatively high in other regions such as India, US and Europe, i.e. 930 US dollars and 799 euros etc. Overall, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is not emerging but a solid player and owing to its premium design, incredible camera performance and long-lasting battery, this phone is definitely going to compete well with some of the best flagship smartphones available currently in the market. With regard to Huawei itself, the company has made dramatic improvement and changes as compared to the previous phones, as it has this time adopted many new trends including 18:9 screen aspect ratio, and water-resistant construction as well as dual camera system.

Moreover, we can say that with confidence that Huawei has done a good job in making its Mate 10 series a strong competitor and it has definitely got this distinctive power to overpower the other competitors’ series phones currently available in the market. So, get Mate 10 Pro preferably because it has got a great camera as well as long-lasting battery.

Care to ask to MPC rating for Huawei Mate 10 Pro? – It’s 8.5!

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