Living in the shadow of a most famous brother isn’t easy. Perhaps that’s where the Huawei Mate 10 finds itself.
This will be a premium handset on all accounts. It has all the correct features, a brilliant interface, and Android’s new update. Yet then the Mate 10 Pro does so-so with a better panel, more room, and a little more panache in a style that renders the two more attractive.
Skinny Build, Design
There is not much to distinguish the Huawei Mate 10 from its Pro version from the back-they all have glass rear panels that are mounted to an aluminum frame.
Huawei has at least chosen curved glass that matches the palm shape better. However, you won’t be able to place the handset on a couch or any hard surface without it gradually slipping backward.
The copper hues build an elegant look on our mocha brown review package, if not quite as spectacular as the Solar Red U11 by HTC.
Huawei Mate 10 oddly loses out on the Mate 10 Pro’s water- and dust-resistance IP67. You have to be cautious enough if you’re bringing your phone to the ocean, pool, or kitchen sink. A little bit of the butterfingers could contribute to a dead phone.
You can note the distinctions between this and the Mate 10 Pro from the front. Here, you have a 16:9 aspect ratio panel, and a fingerprint scanner right below it. Alternatively, the Pro edition opts for the on-trend combination of 18:9 panel and rear fingerprint reader.
Performance, Battery Life
Huawei might be increasing the new silicon ‘s AI smarts, but the Kirin 970 is not a slouch for routine tasks either.
Huawei Mate 10 is a multicore beast. It can totally move through applications and sports. The home screen for Android still looks sensitive. You’ve never left waiting for an app to launch, except multi-tasking.
The graphics processor has to operate somewhat harder here than in the Mate 10 Pro. The games are always entirely smooth, too. But not to the extent you might note.
Mate 30’s 4000mAh battery won’t fail. It’s considerably bigger than anything you’ll find this year on any other phone. The phone easily lasts between charges for a day and a half.
There’s a lot to like about the Mate 10. But it doesn’t always do anything to explain its presence, while the Mate 10 Pro is in almost every way the superior handset.
Instead, the Mate 10 is a mystery. The phone is a common ground between the flagships of last year and the skinnier, screen-ier devices of 2017, with no significant disadvantages. Other than, its bigger brother is doing it ever-so-slightly better.