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.
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.
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.
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