10 Reasons the Huawei Mate 10 Pro Is the Phablet You’ve Been Waiting For

Fast Charging

The Mate 10 Pro lacks wireless charging, which is a bummer, but the phone makes up for it with SuperCharge which provides a full day’s charge in just 20 minutes.

EMUI 8

The Mate 10 Pro comes running Android 8 Oreo and Huawei’s EMUI 8. There’s a lot we like about Huawei’s EMUI, such as the AI features that take advantage of the NPU, and all the neat uses it adds to the fingerprint sensor. We also appreciate that Huawei says with EMUI 8, your phone won’t slow down over time, which is a problem with most other phones running Android. The downside of EMUI 8 is that it also comes with lots of unnecessary bloatware, such as redundant apps for calendar and messaging.

Excellent Performance

The Mate 10 Pro is powered by Huawei’s latest Kirin 970 Octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM. We tested the Mate 10 Pro with AnTuTu and it earned a score of 176672, and a 6656 Multi-Score from Geekbench 4. Overall, the phone offers excellent performance, and according to the benchmarks, it’s just a smidge slower than the Galaxy Note 8. And in general, day-to-day performance is top-notch.

Docking is Easy

Using a feature Huawei calls Projection, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro can be docked with a monitor and peripherals to be used like a PC. This initially may not sound like a very unique feature for a smartphone, but the way it docks is. To that effect, you can use just about any USB-C to HDMI cable to connect it to a monitor – so there’s no need to purchase a pricey proprietary dock.

Verdict

Really the Mate 10 Pro is more than just a flagship for Huawei – it’s also a vision of the future of smartphones, and the AI features on the Mate 10 Pro are just the tip of the iceberg. We’re confident that developers and Huawei will continue to bring out more features that take advantage of the NPU. Either way, with its great camera, battery life, and performance, the Mate 10 Pro is a top-notch phone.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is available in pink gold, mocha brown, titanium gray, midnight blue and there will also be a Porsche Design edition in diamond black. The Mate 10 Pro is unfortunately not yet available for sale in the U.S., but overseas it retails for about $946.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit

What I Like: Beautiful design with large 6” display, Leica camera is very good and beats out competitors like the iPhone X in certain scenes, fast fingerprint sensor is located on the back side, AI-powered camera is neat and just the beginning, EMUI 8.0 is designed to make sure your phone doesn’t slow down over time, excellent battery life, fast charging, excellent performance, 128GB of storage, can be docked with a simple USB-C to HDMI cable, two-day battery life

What Needs Improvement: There’s no headphone jack (but does anyone really care about that anymore?), no expandable storage (but the 128GB of onboard storage really helps compensate), no wireless charging, comes with unnecessary bloatware


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Helena Stone
Noticing that there was a void of female influence in the technology blogosphere, Helena started Chip Chick in 2004. The site grew to become the no 1. tech site for women, which she ran as Editor-in-Chief until 2017. A native New Yorker, Helena holds a Masters in Digital Imaging and Design from NYU. Helena has been featured on MSNBC, Wired, ABC News, People Style & Watch, Time Magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, and other major news outlets. And when she is not busy testing out new gear, she can be found trotting the globe, looking for the next hot gadget.