Huawei Mate 10 Pro - BLA-AL00

  • R 14,499.00 ZAR

Instead of marching in lockstep, the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will be chasing each other from one place to the next, quite unlikely to catch up except in a select few regions. It's not a parade then, it's a pursuit and therefore more exciting. So, which one would you pick? The super-sharp Mate 10 or the have-it-all-but-not-quite Mate 10 Pro? The former had its primetime slot already, it's now the Pro's turn to take the spotlight.

The Mate 10 Pro is quite different from the regular model, coming with a 6" 18:9 AMOLED screen with even slimmer bezels, a water-tight body, faster LTE, more RAM and storage and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The upgrades come at a bitter price though, costing the Mate 10 Pro the QuadHD screen resolution, the audio jack and the memory card slot.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review

The new Kirin 970 with the hyped Neural-Network Processing Unit (NPU) is shared among the two to hopefully set the standard in machine-learning-driven hardware acceleration on Android. The cool Leica Dual Camera is a top performer with a high-res monochrome sensor, manual mode and smart scene recognition. There's also the fast-chargeable 4,000mAh battery, which at this point is almost a given on a Mate device.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro key features

  • Body: Dual glass body with metal frame, curved Corning Gorilla Glass, IP67 rating for dust and water resistance
  • Screen: 6" AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution (402ppi); HDR10 support
  • Chipset: 10nm Kirin 970 chipset, octa-core processor (Cortex-A73 2.4GHz + A53 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0;
  • Camera: 12MP color + 20MP monochrome, phase-detection and laser-assisted autofocus, 4K video capture, dual-tone LED flash, Leica branding
  • Camera features: F/1.6 lens, OIS, Hybrid Zoom, Variable aperture mode and Portrait mode
  • Selfie cam: 8MP, f/2.0 lens, Portrait mode
  • Battery: 4,000mAh; Fast charging (58% charge in 30 min)
  • Security: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader
  • Connectivity: LTE Cat.18, Dual-LTE SIM, IR blaster, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, NFC, USB Type-C

Main shortcomings

  • 1080p screen, Mate 9 Pro had QuadHD
  • No 3.5mm audio jack, no microSD slot
  • Limited market availability (some markets will get the Mate 10 instead)
  • Lackluster camera update
  • No wireless charging

Although we appreciate the upgrades, getting rid of the microSD and 3.5mm jack is at odds with the very definition of a Pro device. The screen resolution is a downgrade that, in fairness, hurts the Mate 10 Pro's reputation more than anything else. In fact it might help extend the battery life even further so it's not entirely bad.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review

In spite of the strange decision-making that saw the Mate 10 series features split between the pair, the 10 Pro is still among the most impressive smartphones Huawei has released - if not the one. Technically, it's not even the company's first water-proof phone and the dual camera upgrade is mild at best. Maybe it's the way it looks - sharp yet delicate, elegant and powerful. The Pro seems ready to act as the de facto flagship and certainly looks the part. Is it best-seller material though? Let's find out!


LAUNCH Announced 2017, October
Status Available. Released 2017, November
BODY Dimensions 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm (6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 in)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz)
Build Front/back glass, aluminum frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  - IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
- Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~80.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
  - HDR10 compliant
- EMUI 8.0
PLATFORM OS Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP12
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) +20 MP (f/1.6, 27mm), 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, check quality
Secondary 8 MP, f/2.0
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
  - 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - Fast battery charging 4.5V/5A (58% in 30 min)
- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.265/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
- Document editor
- Photo/video editor
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Mocha Brown, Pink Gold
Price About 800 EUR
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II 2.0: 3425 / Basemark X: 40232
Display Contrast ratio: Infinity (nominal), 4.096 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 70dB / Noise 73dB / Ring 84dB
Audio quality Noise -93.5dB / Crosstalk -93.4dB
Battery life

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