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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt (translated by Mark Riege), 11/01/2017

Wow, but with minor pitfalls. With the Pro version of the Mate 10 series, we currently have the strongest Huawei smartphone in our test. The storage equipment and camera have been improved, and the Chinese phone now has an OLED screen in the 2:1 format. Together with the Kirin 970, a SoC that has an additional NPU is used. Sounds great, but Huawei has made cuts in some places. Update: Testing completed.

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Whereas last year, the Pro version of the Huawei Mate 9 did not make it to Europe at all, this year's model is more than just a storage update with a new panel technology. In the Mate 10 Pro (BLA-L29), for the first time Huawei is using a display in the 2:1 format, which is also sometimes called 18:9. However, the resolution is only in the Full HD range with 2160x1080 pixels. At 6.0 inches, the display is slightly larger. The case of the Phablet is no longer made entirely from aluminum, but now has a glass back.

There is also the new HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, which is equipped with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) particularly designed for the acceleration of KIs. The storage is now 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. That sounds like a lot, but now you have to make do without storage expansion via a microSD card. The headphone jack has also been removed, and the audio now uses the USB port. The smartphone connects to the Internet via LTE Cat. 18 or an ac WLAN module, which is not equipped with MIMO antenna technology, though.

The Leica dual-camera on the back has also been improved considerably and now offers an aperture of f/1.6 on both lenses. Huawei continues to use a combination of color and black-and-white sensors. The 4000 mAh battery is supposed to provide good endurance.

As well as the Pro version, there are also the Mate 10 Lite and the Mate 10. The Mate 10 Lite is a slimmed down version and offers a 5.9-inch IPS display with generally weaker equipment, including a smaller battery (3340 mAh). At 399 Euros (recommended price, ~$463) it costs much less. The Mate 10 is really the successor of the model we tested last year. It has a 5.9-inch IPS display with QHD+ resolution in the 16:9 format, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, an audio port, and otherwise the same features as the Pro model. At 699 Euros (~$811) it costs 100 Euros (~$116) less than its bigger sibling.

In our test, we compare the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, the OnePlus 5, the HTC U11, the Honor 8 Pro, the LG V30, and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. We have also added larger Phablets to our comparison, such as the HTC U Ultra and the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which have weaker equipment.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Mate 10 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6 inch 2:1, 2160x1080 pixel 402 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, FullView, HDR, OLED, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 108 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB Type-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity, acceleration, Hall, and G sensors, barometer, digital compass, Glonass, BeiDou, Infrared sender, OTG, Wifi Direct
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 18 + TDS band 34 and 39), LTE Cat. 18 (FDD bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, and 32; TDD: 34, 38, 39, 40, and 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 154.2 x 74.5 ( = 0.31 x 6.07 x 2.93 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 32 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 505 h
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 20 MPix Monochrome + 12 MPix RGB (both f/1.6, RGB sensor with OIS, UHD video, dual-LED flash, four auto-focus systems, 2x Hybridzoom)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (f/2.0, fixed focus, Full HD video)
Additional features
Speakers: two speakers, Keyboard: virtual, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, USB earphones, USB Type-C to headphone jack adapter, quick-start instructions, protective case, EMUI 8.0, 24 Months Warranty, water and dust proof according to IP67, Dual-VoLTE, NPU, fanless
Weight
178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 103 g ( = 3.63 oz / 0.23 pounds)
Price
799 Euro

 

All color variations of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Color variations

The case of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro consists of an aluminum frame, with the front and back made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Phablet is offered in the colors dark gray (Titanium Grey), brown (Mocha Brown), blue (Midnight Blue), and pink (Pink Gold). In Germany the pink model is not available, and Mocha Brown is offered exclusively by Vodafone.

With its 7.9 mm (~0.31 in) thickness, the smartphone is slightly slimmer than the larger Galaxy Note 8, but thicker than the V30. We measured a thickness of 8.05 mm (~0.32 in), so probably the value specified by Huawei is an average value. The two camera lenses stick out of the case by 0.55 mm (~0.02 in). The workmanship appears very high-quality. The gaps are very narrow and even everywhere. The Mate 10 Pro does not react to any attempts of twisting it. The SIM slot is flush with the case. In our brown model, it does not have the same color tone, but is visually not too different from the color of the frame. The card tray is also made from aluminum and has the same color as the frame. It offers space for two Nano-SIM cards. There is no expansion option via microSD.

For the first time, a Huawei smartphone is also IP certified. With IP67, the Mate 10 Pro is certified to be dust proof and can withstand at least half an hour of being submersed in a maximum of 1.5 meters (~5 ft) of fresh water. The battery is still built-in and cannot be removed by the user. The bezels have shrunken a lot, so that the display-to-surface ratio has improved to a very good 81.6%. Huawei does not let anything go wrong with its new flagship and delivers a high-quality product in pleasing colors. 

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Compared to its predecessor, the USB connection of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has had a significant upgrade and now supports the 3.1 standard (Gen. 1) and wired display output. However, an optional cable from USB Type-C to DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI is necessary. When the Phablet is connected to an external display, Android desktop mode will be executed, similar to what is also possible with Samsung DeX, but without needing an additional docking station.

The images can be wirelessly transferred via Miracast, and Wi-Fi Direct is on board. There are also NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. Unfortunately, Huawei does not use the current Bluetooth 5.0, but instead the integrated module is aptX or aptX HD capable and can transfer high-resolution audio content. In addition, there is a dedicated audio chip (384k/32 Bit). The Infrared sender has again been included and can be used instead of various remote controls for example for TVs, Blu-Ray players and DSLR cameras, but unfortunately not for any AV receivers or compact stereos.

The integrated notification LED can only be turned on or off, and cannot be configured any further. There is now an additional Always-On display, whose configuration is somewhat hidden under the display lock setting. 

Top: infrared, microphone
Top: infrared, microphone
Left: volume, power
Left: volume, power
Right: SIM slot
Right: SIM slot
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB, microphone
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB, microphone

Software

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro uses the current Google Android 8.0 Oreo as the operating system, which is overlaid by the manufacturer's own EMUI 8.0 user interface (UI). The predecessor is currently still running Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.0. Huawei explains the major jump in EMUI versions, which cannot be justified by an increase in the range of features, with an alignment to the Android version number. There are really only a few updates, such as the optional Google feed on the home screen or a software-based 3D touch for compatible apps, although this has been integrated into the operating system since Android 7.1. Some minor additional functions of Android 8 were also overlaid by EMUI. For example, it actually should be possible to combine the color Eye-comfort mode with the sunrise or sunset, but in the Mate 10 Pro this could not be selected at the time of our testing. The power management has also been optimized, and the more power-intensive background processes are monitored and can be killed if necessary. However, there is still room for improvement with this feature, since sometimes apps that use additional power can be killed without any notification.

The Google security patches were current as of October 5 2017 and thus up-to-date. If the update policies of the Mate 9 are adhered to, there should be regular updates.

The new NPU of the Kirin 970 also impacts everyday usage of the smartphone. For example, it enables fast creation of thumbnails in the Gallery and supports apps such as the Bind Translator during the translation. The additional chip is currently not openly obvious to the user, but does its work discretely in the background by recognizing much-used apps and accelerating them through prioritization.

The firmware was updated several times during the test, first receiving an update to B113 and finally to B115. Those are mainly minor improvements and bug fixes.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: homescreen
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: quick-start menu
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: updates
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: system info

Huawei provides the Mate 10 Pro with a desktop mode, which works just like Samsung's DeX, the only difference being that our test device does not need a docking station. An optional USB Type-C to HDMI or DisplayPort cable is sufficient. As in the Samsung version, the resolution on the external monitor is limited to 1920x1080 pixels. The desktop is organized clearly and allows effortless multitasking. For navigation, the smartphone can be used as a touchpad and the keyboard of the device can be used for input. Alternatively, you can also connect external input devices to the Phablet via Bluetooth for increased comfort. It is also convenient that you can continue to use the Mate 10 Pro as a smartphone during Desktop mode.

The only real downside is the lacking option to charge the smartphone while it is in desktop mode.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Projection mode / Desktop mode
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Projection mode / Desktop mode
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Projection mode / Desktop mode
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Projection mode / Desktop mode
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Projection mode / Desktop mode
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Projection mode / Desktop mode

Communication and GPS

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: LTE Cat. 18
LTE Cat. 18

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro connects to mobile data at up to 1.2 GBit/s via the fast LTE Cat. 18. With that, Huawei offers the fastest mobile transfer technology at the time of the test, and even if it currently cannot be used, the fast mobile data connection assures a high-end experience in the near future. The coverage of frequency bands is excellent, turning the smartphone into a real global player. In addition, the manufacturer does not neglect the 3G frequencies either. With four antennas, the reception is also very good indoors, and we did not notice any negative abnormalities during the period of our testing.

Even though for the WLAN technology, Huawei uses the current ac standard and supports the 2.4 as well as the 5.0 GHz network, it forgoes the MIMO technology, causing the transfer speeds to our Linksys EA8500 reference router to turn out much lower than in many competitors, yet improving them significantly compared to the Mate 9. Right next to the Access Point (AP), the reception quality is very good and offers a damping between -28 and -33 dBm. Even across greater distances (15 m/~50 ft, one exterior wall) the WLAN signal is maintained, but the damping increases a lot, reaching -72 dBm (2.4 GHz) or -83 dBm (5.0 GHz). In this case, HD streaming will be difficult. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
503 MBit/s ∼100% +49%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
501 MBit/s ∼100% +48%
OnePlus 5
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
371 MBit/s ∼74% +10%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
338 MBit/s ∼67%
Huawei Mate 9
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
259 MBit/s ∼51% -23%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
653 MBit/s ∼100% +190%
OnePlus 5
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
539 MBit/s ∼83% +140%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
494 MBit/s ∼76% +120%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
225 MBit/s ∼34%
Huawei Mate 9
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
165 MBit/s ∼25% -27%
GPS Test: outdoors
GPS Test: outdoors
GPS Test: in an airplane
GPS Test: in an airplane
GPS Test: in the basement
GPS Test: in the basement

The position of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is located via the GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou satellite networks. The Chinese have cut the European Galileo from the list of supported GNSS. Instead, further sensors are supposed to support the locating and navigate the user reliably, even if there is no direct satellite signal, as is the case in tunnels, for example. For this, the smartphone additionally uses the gyro and G sensors and the barometer. This should also ensure that it reconnects to the navigation system as quickly as possible. Outdoors, the satellite fix succeeds very quickly with an accuracy of up to four meters (~13 ft). In the basement, locating was still possible, even if it only succeeded near windows and with less precision, as expected.

We let the Huawei Mate 10 Pro compete in airplane mode against the Garmin Edge 500 bicycle computer in a short bike ride. The smartphone does not show any weaknesses. While it shows some minor deviations from the route, it is more accurate overall than the specialist device. 

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Telephone and Call Quality

Huawei EasyTalk
Huawei EasyTalk

The Mate 9 has already distinguished itself with an excellent call quality, and Huawei is following this with the Mate 10 Pro. The manufacturer uses three microphones to ensure good suppression of surrounding noises and a clear voice quality. With the new Huawei EasyTalk, the NPU is also active in the background in that it is learning to recognize the voice of the user so that only that is transferred during the call. Even the user's whispering is supposed to be conveyed quite clearly in loud surroundings.

In fact, this really works surprisingly well, and there is nothing to complain about the call quality at the earpiece. The speaker also offers a good call quality without any echoing. The included headset has a good microphone as well, even if it is sensitive to wind and offers no noise suppression.

In addition, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the first smartphone that masters Voice over LTE (VoLTE) with both SIM cards, thus enabling constant HD telephony. Calling over a Wi-Fi connection is also supported. 

Cameras

The scene recognized is displayed next to the image in the Live-view.
Scene recognition
Image taken with front camera (Bokeh: on; Beauty: 10)
Image taken with front camera

There is an 8-MP camera in front, which has a fixed focus and with an aperture of f/2.0 is nominally less light-sensitive than its predecessor. Videos can be recorded in Full HD and stereo sound. There is also electronic image stabilization. Even in low light, the camera still proves itself surprisingly light-sensitive, and even if this is slightly at the expense of details, the offered performance is still more than enough for social networks and such. In daylight, the optics produce good results. In addition, there is a ten-step Beauty mode and a Bokeh mode.

The dual camera on the back offers a 12-MP RGB sensor as well as a 20-MP monochrome sensor. The camera has been developed in cooperation with Leica and offers the more light-sensitive Summilux lenses (H 1:1.6 / 27 ASPH), both of which have an aperture of f/1.6. However, the optical image stabilization is limited to the RGB sensor. The second monochrome optics are supposed to ensure more detailed images in low light by combining the information from the second sensor with that of the first. You can also take pure black-and-white images, which compel with a high contrast and dynamic.

The new NPU also plays a role with the camera, enabling fast automatic scene recognition and adjusting the camera settings accordingly to ensure optimal image results directly when pressing the shutter release. The hybrid zoom, which simulates a dual optical zoom and is able to digitally enlarge up to 10 times, is also included.

The image quality is really good and shows no real weaknesses during daylight. The details and shadings are reproduced excellently. Even though the dual hybrid zoom is digital, the results are very good. The details and sharpness are fitting, but the color reproduction could be a little sharper and more natural. In the latter, the Note 8 and the OnePlus 5 have an advantage with their additional zoom lens. However, this changes in weak light conditions, since the performance of the competition drops considerably, and the Mate 10 Pro still manages to produce the same quality. Even though the low-light quality has improved a lot compared to the Mate 9, the Note 8 and the OnePlus 5 still achieve better results without zoom than the test unit, whose images appear fairly poor in detail and slightly washed out, even if the illumination looks good.

The video mode continues to be an additional weakness. Even though the quality in Full HD and Ultra HD is very good at 30 FPS, the image becomes much darker and noisy in Full HD with 60 FPS. This is unfortunate, since the recorded stereo sound is really compelling. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
OnePlus 5

2x zoom of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, OnePlus 5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in comparison

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: dawn with hybrid zoom
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: low light
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: low light
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: wide angle (27 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: 2x hybrid zoom (54 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: night
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: low light
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: wide angle (27 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: wide angle (27 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: wide angle (27 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: wide angle (27 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: wide angle (27 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: 2x hybrid zoom (54 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: wide angle (27 mm)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: monochrome
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: monochrome (digital zoom: 100 mm)
ColorChecker Passport: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.
ColorChecker Passport: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.

We further analyze the dual camera of Huawei Mate 10 Pro under controlled light conditions. We evaluate the color reproduction of the camera images closely with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. The white balance is comparatively warm and colors are reproduced fairly saturated. Only the cyan color is slightly too pale and the skin tone has a slight red tint.

We evaluated the various modes of the Mate 10 Pro with our test chart. The highest degree of sharpness and detail is achieved with the monochrome sensor, which still shows an extremely sharp recording performance at the edge areas. The combined image with 20 MP from both sensors also looks great and shows very good colors and hardly any weaknesses with text on a dark background. Things look different in the 12-MP version, where the individual symbols look slightly frayed, being more blurry at the edges. The hybrid zoom looks worse, not only being quite blurry on the edge of the image, but even having problems in the image center. In the past, Huawei has already shown that this can be done better, so there will probably be some improvements in some later updates.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: both sensors (12 MP)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: both sensors (20 MP)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: monochrome sensors only (20 MP)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: both sensors (12 MP, hybrid zoom)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: both sensors (12 MP, detail enlargement)

Accessories and Warranty

The box of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro includes a clear cover, a small SIM tool, a modular power supply, a USB cable (Type-A to Type-C), earphones with a USB Type-C port adapter, and an adapter for USB Type-C to audio jack (3.5 mm). Unfortunately, our test unit does not include the quick-start instructions, or the warranty and safety instructions. However, they will be included in the retail version. Optionally, there will be various covers, a 360-degree camera (200 Euros/~$432), and a smartscale (90 Euros/~$104). The PowerBank (10000 mAh, Safe SuperCharge support) shown during the presentation will not be available in this country for the time being. 

Huawei offers 24 months of warranty for the smartphone. Unfortunately, an upgrade to 36 months as for the P10 is not available. Instead, buyers in Berlin have the option to get damage to the device fixed at home within the first year. This service is supposed to be expanded in future. 

Input Devices and Operation

The capacitive touchscreen of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 surface and recognizes up to ten touch points simultaneously. The sliding characteristics are very comfortable, and the display recognizes inputs precisely and quickly up to the corners. There is also a glove mode for winter. However, then you need to apply more pressure on the panel for the touch to be recognized. The knuckle gestures introduced since the Mate S are included again and are supposed to facilitate multitasking by sliding across the screen with the knuckles. You can remove the protective foil on the display applied by the manufacturer without any concerns. Although fingerprints become quickly visible on the glass, they can be cleaned off easily.

In terms of the keyboard, SwiftKey is preinstalled, but can be easily replaced by any layout from the Google Play Store. The physical keys on the right side can be reached easily and felt by both left-handed as well as right-handed people. They sit tightly in the case and have a short and crisp stroke.

Once again, the fingerprint sensor can be found on the back and is within easy reach. Anyone who switches from a current Galaxy S or Note smartphone will be surprised that it is not necessary anymore to reach as far with the finger. The sensor area works well and unlocks the smartphone quickly and reliably. In addition, swiping gestures are supported for example for controlling the notification center and for leafing through the gallery.

Swiping across the navigation bar will activate the one-handed mode, which decreases the display content size - a simple but useful method. 

Display

Subpixel grid of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Subpixel grid

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a 6.0-inch (15.24 cm) FullView display in the 2:1 format and a resolution of 2160x1080 pixels. At 402 PPI, it achieves a good pixel density, which displays content pleasantly sharp. However, in a high-end product we would have liked to see a panel with a QHD+ resolution. In terms of display technology, OLED is used, leading to a perfect black value and to infinite contrast in theory. HDR is also supported.

The brightness of the panel even beats the top of the class Galaxy Note 8, achieving up to 659 cd/m² on a pure white background, with the surrounding-light sensor activated. With a uniform distribution of dark and light areas (APL50), it is even 897 cd/m² in the center of the display. If you deactivate the brightness sensor, you have a maximum of 416 cd/m² available.

You can also configure an Always-On display, but it first needs to be activated in the settings and is called "Always show information." Since this is an OLED display, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is used to reduce the brightness. The frequency always fluctuates between 211 and 271 Hz and thus is not particularly high. Anyone having problems with other OLED screens will not fare much better with Huawei's product. The amplitude itself is relatively flat and is on the same level as the displays of the Galaxy smartphones.

At 94%, the brightness distribution of the display is very good. There is also an Eye-comfort mode, which reduces the amount of blue light, supposedly protecting the eyes. In combination with the very low minimum brightness of only 1.7 cd/m², the Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers the best conditions for a comfortable reading of eBooks at night.

647
cd/m²
627
cd/m²
619
cd/m²
655
cd/m²
629
cd/m²
617
cd/m²
659
cd/m²
643
cd/m²
632
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 659 cd/m² Average: 636.4 cd/m² Minimum: 1.71 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 629 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.7 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.4 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.15
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
OLED, 2160x1080, 6
Huawei Mate 9
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.9
Honor 8 Pro
IPS, 2560x1440, 5.7
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Super AMOLED, 2960x1440, 6.3
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
IPS, 3840x2160, 5.5
HTC U Ultra
SLCD 5, 2560x1440, 5.7
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
IPS, 2560x1440, 6.4
Screen
-62%
-44%
-21%
8%
-24%
-119%
-142%
Brightness
636
680
7%
514
-19%
536
-16%
538
-15%
568
-11%
445
-30%
479
-25%
Brightness Distribution
94
93
-1%
91
-3%
93
-1%
90
-4%
92
-2%
88
-6%
93
-1%
Black Level *
0.42
0.3
0.38
0.62
0.22
0.482
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.7
4.3
-153%
3.2
-88%
2.6
-53%
1.3
24%
2.8
-65%
5.5
-224%
7
-312%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.4
4.8
-100%
4
-67%
2.7
-13%
1.8
25%
2.8
-17%
7.6
-217%
7.9
-229%
Gamma
2.15 112%
2.33 103%
2.27 106%
2.04 118%
2.25 107%
2.15 112%
2.2 109%
2.34 103%
CCT
6337 103%
7255 90%
7120 91%
6206 105%
6797 96%
6728 97%
7454 87%
7826 83%
Contrast
1657
1803
1471
932
2136
980

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 247.5 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 247.5 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 247.5 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8586 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

An OLED display promises saturated colors and large color space coverage. To test this in more detail in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, we examine the smartphone with a photo spectrometer and the CalMAN analysis software. Huawei has expanded the setting options slightly and now offers the additional color modes of Normal and Vivid, in addition to the known white balance parameters of Standard, Warm and Cold. Our measurements show that in the Vivid color mode, the colors are slightly more saturated, there is a minimal blue tint, but also a larger DCI-P3 color space coverage. While the Standard/Normal settings offer the most natural color reproduction, only the smaller sRGB color space will be covered, but an average DeltaE of 2.4 for the Grayscales and 1.7 for the mixed colors is even better than the Galaxy Note 8. In the comparison, this is only barely beaten by the iPhone 8 Plus.

Grayscales (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Grayscales (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Mixed colors (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Mixed colors (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Color space (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Color space (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Saturation (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Saturation (white balance: Standard, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Grayscales (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (white balance: Standard, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Grayscales (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Mixed colors (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Mixed colors (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Color space (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Color space (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Saturation (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Saturation (white balance: Warm, color mode: Vivid, target color space: P3)
Grayscales (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (white balance: Warm, color mode: Normal, target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
4.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.4 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
6.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.6 ms rise
↘ 2.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

Outdoors, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro benefits from its extremely high maximum brightness and the strong contrast. The display always remains easily readable, and even direct sunlight does not pose too many problems for the user, although the reflective characteristics of the surface are not quite as good as for example in the Galaxy Note 8.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro outdoors
Huawei Mate 10 Pro outdoors

The viewing angle stability of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is on a very good level. As long as the viewing angle is not too steep, even the slight green veil, typical for OLED-Screens, will not appear. We did not notice any ghosting effects. The loss in brightness is also very low.

Performance

With the HiSilicon Kirin 970, the Mate 10 Pro uses Huawei's latest SoC. As with its predecessor, it consists of a performance and efficiency cluster each with four cores. The performance cluster uses ARM Cortex A73 cores each with a clock speed of up to 2.4 GHz. The second cluster consists of A53 cores with up to 1.8 GHz. Although nominally nothing has changed in the cores, the greatest change can be found in the manufacturing technology. While the Kirin 960 was manufactured in 16 nanometers, the 970 now uses 10 nm. The GPU has received an upgrade, and there is now an ARM Mali-G72 with 12 cores in the Mate 10, which promises more performance as well as improved efficiency compared to the G71 model. The system is supported by an ample 6 GB of LPDDR4x working memory.

In Geekbench, the Mate 10 Pro is able to perform slightly better than its predecessor, offering the fastest SoC in the multi-core area for Android. The test unit masters the system benchmarks excellently, achieving first place in PCMark, and in AnTuTu the Mate 10 Pro is only beaten by the iPhone 8. Subjectively, EMUI 8.0 runs very smoothly.

Even though the GPU performance has improved considerably, it still cannot compare to the other top current graphics units such as the one in the Note 8 (Mali-G71 MP20) or the HTC U11(Adreno 540), when more demanding connections are used. The offered performance is at about the same level as the Adreno 530.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
177341 Points ∼78%
Huawei Mate 9
124087 Points ∼54% -30%
LG V30
156713 Points ∼69% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
173997 Points ∼76% -2%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
218158 Points ∼96% +23%
Honor 8 Pro
146044 Points ∼64% -18%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
173403 Points ∼76% -2%
HTC U Ultra
139017 Points ∼61% -22%
HTC U11
175032 Points ∼77% -1%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
85438 Points ∼37% -52%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
165382 Points ∼73% -7%
OnePlus 5
177156 Points ∼78% 0%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6932 Points ∼67%
Huawei Mate 9
6299 Points ∼61% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
5096 Points ∼49% -26%
Honor 8 Pro
6134 Points ∼60% -12%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
6433 Points ∼62% -7%
HTC U Ultra
5217 Points ∼51% -25%
HTC U11
6828 Points ∼66% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5195 Points ∼50% -25%
OnePlus 5
6579 Points ∼64% -5%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
8439 Points ∼99%
Huawei Mate 9
7403 Points ∼87% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
6084 Points ∼71% -28%
Honor 8 Pro
7356 Points ∼86% -13%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
7695 Points ∼90% -9%
HTC U Ultra
5217 Points ∼61% -38%
HTC U11
8295 Points ∼97% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5830 Points ∼68% -31%
OnePlus 5
7826 Points ∼92% -7%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1234 Points ∼73%
Huawei Mate 9
1076 Points ∼63% -13%
LG V30
907 Points ∼53% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
1235 Points ∼73% 0%
Honor 8 Pro
1131 Points ∼67% -8%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1239 Points ∼73% 0%
HTC U Ultra
907 Points ∼53% -26%
HTC U11
1221 Points ∼72% -1%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
966 Points ∼57% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
1163 Points ∼69% -6%
OnePlus 5
1287 Points ∼76% +4%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3657 Points ∼40%
Huawei Mate 9
3939 Points ∼43% +8%
LG V30
5026 Points ∼54% +37%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
6121 Points ∼66% +67%
Honor 8 Pro
4070 Points ∼44% +11%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
6045 Points ∼65% +65%
HTC U Ultra
4591 Points ∼50% +26%
HTC U11
5976 Points ∼65% +63%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
1623 Points ∼18% -56%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
6126 Points ∼66% +68%
OnePlus 5
6144 Points ∼66% +68%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4142 Points ∼94%
Huawei Mate 9
3850 Points ∼87% -7%
LG V30
2091 Points ∼47% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3095 Points ∼70% -25%
Honor 8 Pro
4277 Points ∼97% +3%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3444 Points ∼78% -17%
HTC U Ultra
1581 Points ∼36% -62%
HTC U11
2085 Points ∼47% -50%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
1940 Points ∼44% -53%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3135 Points ∼71% -24%
OnePlus 5
4423 Points ∼100% +7%
System (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
5244 Points ∼51%
Huawei Mate 9
3616 Points ∼35% -31%
LG V30
4365 Points ∼42% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
5308 Points ∼52% +1%
Honor 8 Pro
4029 Points ∼39% -23%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
5857 Points ∼57% +12%
HTC U Ultra
2834 Points ∼28% -46%
HTC U11
5570 Points ∼54% +6%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
2297 Points ∼22% -56%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5319 Points ∼52% +1%
OnePlus 5
5902 Points ∼57% +13%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3147 Points ∼83%
Huawei Mate 9
2772 Points ∼73% -12%
LG V30
2540 Points ∼67% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3338 Points ∼88% +6%
Honor 8 Pro
2985 Points ∼79% -5%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3506 Points ∼93% +11%
HTC U Ultra
2078 Points ∼55% -34%
HTC U11
3034 Points ∼80% -4%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
1626 Points ∼43% -48%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3301 Points ∼87% +5%
OnePlus 5
3790 Points ∼100% +20%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
8572 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 9
Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
8310 Points ∼97% -3%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
7881 Points ∼92% -8%
HTC U11
8281 Points ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
8295 Points ∼97% -3%
OnePlus 5
8005 Points ∼93% -7%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6792 Points ∼27%
Huawei Mate 9
6445 Points ∼26% -5%
LG V30
6078 Points ∼24% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
6744 Points ∼27% -1%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
10558 Points ∼42% +55%
Honor 8 Pro
6245 Points ∼25% -8%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
6491 Points ∼26% -4%
HTC U11
6443 Points ∼26% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
6695 Points ∼27% -1%
OnePlus 5
6799 Points ∼27% 0%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1898 Points ∼32%
Huawei Mate 9
1866 Points ∼31% -2%
LG V30
1900 Points ∼32% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2028 Points ∼34% +7%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
4263 Points ∼72% +125%
Honor 8 Pro
1853 Points ∼31% -2%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1904 Points ∼32% 0%
HTC U11
1906 Points ∼32% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2015 Points ∼34% +6%
OnePlus 5
1973 Points ∼33% +4%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2871 Points ∼93%
Huawei Mate 9
2117 Points ∼69% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2346 Points ∼76% -18%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
2109 Points ∼69% -27%
Honor 8 Pro
2216 Points ∼72% -23%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1628 Points ∼53% -43%
HTC U Ultra
1763 Points ∼57% -39%
HTC U11
2841 Points ∼92% -1%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
2014 Points ∼65% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2466 Points ∼80% -14%
OnePlus 5
3026 Points ∼98% +5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2844 Points ∼53%
Huawei Mate 9
2294 Points ∼43% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2661 Points ∼49% -6%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
3069 Points ∼57% +8%
Honor 8 Pro
1746 Points ∼32% -39%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3723 Points ∼69% +31%
HTC U Ultra
2405 Points ∼45% -15%
HTC U11
3883 Points ∼72% +37%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
755 Points ∼14% -73%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3479 Points ∼65% +22%
OnePlus 5
3757 Points ∼70% +32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2850 Points ∼73%
Huawei Mate 9
2240 Points ∼58% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2584 Points ∼67% -9%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
2781 Points ∼72% -2%
Honor 8 Pro
1832 Points ∼47% -36%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
2895 Points ∼75% +2%
HTC U Ultra
2225 Points ∼57% -22%
HTC U11
3590 Points ∼92% +26%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
877 Points ∼23% -69%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3188 Points ∼82% +12%
OnePlus 5
3566 Points ∼92% +25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2896 Points ∼94%
Huawei Mate 9
2123 Points ∼69% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2342 Points ∼76% -19%
Honor 8 Pro
1896 Points ∼62% -35%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1574 Points ∼51% -46%
HTC U Ultra
1646 Points ∼53% -43%
HTC U11
2832 Points ∼92% -2%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
1844 Points ∼60% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2465 Points ∼80% -15%
OnePlus 5
3012 Points ∼98% +4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3353 Points ∼43%
Huawei Mate 9
2448 Points ∼32% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3928 Points ∼51% +17%
Honor 8 Pro
1856 Points ∼24% -45%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
5107 Points ∼66% +52%
HTC U Ultra
3807 Points ∼49% +14%
HTC U11
5877 Points ∼76% +75%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
1271 Points ∼16% -62%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
4786 Points ∼62% +43%
OnePlus 5
4765 Points ∼62% +42%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3239 Points ∼65%
Huawei Mate 9
2367 Points ∼48% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3414 Points ∼69% +5%
Honor 8 Pro
1865 Points ∼37% -42%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3407 Points ∼68% +5%
HTC U Ultra
2947 Points ∼59% -9%
HTC U11
4744 Points ∼95% +46%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
1365 Points ∼27% -58%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3958 Points ∼80% +22%
OnePlus 5
4219 Points ∼85% +30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22629 Points ∼31%
Huawei Mate 9
15104 Points ∼21% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
22829 Points ∼32% +1%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
25641 Points ∼36% +13%
Honor 8 Pro
15129 Points ∼21% -33%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
13800 Points ∼19% -39%
HTC U Ultra
21263 Points ∼30% -6%
HTC U11
20140 Points ∼28% -11%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
11364 Points ∼16% -50%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
20892 Points ∼29% -8%
OnePlus 5
19411 Points ∼27% -14%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
34008 Points ∼7%
Huawei Mate 9
35626 Points ∼8% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
36807 Points ∼8% +8%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
113380 Points ∼25% +233%
Honor 8 Pro
32243 Points ∼7% -5%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
52358 Points ∼12% +54%
HTC U Ultra
33446 Points ∼7% -2%
HTC U11
55725 Points ∼12% +64%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
21103 Points ∼5% -38%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
33077 Points ∼7% -3%
OnePlus 5
58001 Points ∼13% +71%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
30590 Points ∼16%
Huawei Mate 9
27364 Points ∼14% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
32399 Points ∼16% +6%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
64405 Points ∼33% +111%
Honor 8 Pro
25766 Points ∼13% -16%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
32302 Points ∼16% +6%
HTC U Ultra
29668 Points ∼15% -3%
HTC U11
40014 Points ∼20% +31%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
17727 Points ∼9% -42%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
29282 Points ∼15% -4%
OnePlus 5
40229 Points ∼20% +32%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
112 fps ∼8%
Huawei Mate 9
80 fps ∼6% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
105 fps ∼8% -6%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
166.9 fps ∼12% +49%
Honor 8 Pro
43 fps ∼3% -62%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
109 fps ∼8% -3%
HTC U Ultra
74 fps ∼5% -34%
HTC U11
91 fps ∼7% -19%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
22 fps ∼2% -80%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
104 fps ∼8% -7%
OnePlus 5
115 fps ∼8% +3%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
60 fps ∼13%
Huawei Mate 9
60 fps ∼13% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
59 fps ∼13% -2%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
119.4 fps ∼26% +99%
Honor 8 Pro
59 fps ∼13% -2%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
60 fps ∼13% 0%
HTC U Ultra
46 fps ∼10% -23%
HTC U11
58 fps ∼13% -3%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
33 fps ∼7% -45%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
58 fps ∼13% -3%
OnePlus 5
60 fps ∼13% 0%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
54 fps ∼10%
Huawei Mate 9
34 fps ∼6% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
51 fps ∼9% -6%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
71 fps ∼13% +31%
Honor 8 Pro
29 fps ∼5% -46%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
47 fps ∼9% -13%
HTC U Ultra
26 fps ∼5% -52%
HTC U11
51 fps ∼9% -6%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
14 fps ∼3% -74%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
50 fps ∼9% -7%
OnePlus 5
61 fps ∼11% +13%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
56 fps ∼15%
Huawei Mate 9
37 fps ∼10% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
38 fps ∼10% -32%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
79.2 fps ∼22% +41%
Honor 8 Pro
20 fps ∼5% -64%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
46 fps ∼13% -18%
HTC U Ultra
23 fps ∼6% -59%
HTC U11
29 fps ∼8% -48%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
8.6 fps ∼2% -85%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
38 fps ∼10% -32%
OnePlus 5
56 fps ∼15% 0%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
37 fps ∼9%
Huawei Mate 9
24 fps ∼6% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
42 fps ∼10% +14%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
49 fps ∼12% +32%
Honor 8 Pro
21 fps ∼5% -43%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
35 fps ∼8% -5%
HTC U Ultra
12 fps ∼3% -68%
HTC U11
33 fps ∼8% -11%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
9.2 fps ∼2% -75%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
42 fps ∼10% +14%
OnePlus 5
42 fps ∼10% +14%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
38 fps ∼22%
Huawei Mate 9
28 fps ∼16% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
23 fps ∼13% -39%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
56.4 fps ∼32% +48%
Honor 8 Pro
13 fps ∼7% -66%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
37 fps ∼21% -3%
HTC U Ultra
12 fps ∼7% -68%
HTC U11
15 fps ∼9% -61%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
4.7 fps ∼3% -88%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
23 fps ∼13% -39%
OnePlus 5
41 fps ∼23% +8%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
21 fps ∼6%
Huawei Mate 9
fps ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
25 fps ∼7% +19%
Honor 8 Pro
15 fps ∼4% -29%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
23 fps ∼7% +10%
HTC U Ultra
15 fps ∼4% -29%
HTC U11
24 fps ∼7% +14%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
3.2 fps ∼1% -85%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
25 fps ∼7% +19%
OnePlus 5
25 fps ∼7% +19%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22 fps ∼1%
Huawei Mate 9
14 fps ∼0% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
13 fps ∼0% -41%
Honor 8 Pro
11 fps ∼0% -50%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
25 fps ∼1% +14%
HTC U Ultra
8.4 fps ∼0% -62%
HTC U11
13 fps ∼0% -41%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
5.4 fps ∼0% -75%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
13 fps ∼0% -41%
OnePlus 5
25 fps ∼1% +14%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
21.49 fps ∼56%
Huawei Mate 9
19.14 fps ∼50% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
30.86 fps ∼80% +44%
HTC U11
36.58 fps ∼95% +70%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
8.33 fps ∼22% -61%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
25.06 fps ∼65% +17%
Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
25922 Points ∼59%
Huawei Mate 9
31104 Points ∼71% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
41022 Points ∼93% +58%
HTC U11
38752 Points ∼88% +49%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
15120 Points ∼34% -42%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
42335 Points ∼96% +63%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
39033 Points ∼87%
Huawei Mate 9
42176 Points ∼94% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
43464 Points ∼97% +11%
HTC U11
44696 Points ∼99% +15%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
26078 Points ∼58% -33%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
41901 Points ∼93% +7%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
788 Points ∼42%
Huawei Mate 9
699 Points ∼37% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
1295 Points ∼69% +64%
HTC U11
812 Points ∼43% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
1280 Points ∼68% +62%
Epic Citadel - Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
59.7 fps ∼97%
Huawei Mate 9
60.5 fps ∼98% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
59.7 fps ∼97% 0%
HTC U11
60 fps ∼97% +1%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
41.7 fps ∼68% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
59.7 fps ∼97% 0%

Legend

 
Huawei Mate 10 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970, ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Huawei Mate 9 HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
LG V30 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Apple iPhone 8 Plus Apple A11 Bionic, Apple A11 Bionic GPU, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)
 
Honor 8 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
HTC U Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC U11 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976, Qualcomm Adreno 510, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
OnePlus 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

We tested the browser performance with the preinstalled Chrome 61. Subjectively, there are no problems when surfing the Internet, and web sites load quickly. However, in the benchmarks, this area appears to be a weakness of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. In WebXPRT, it is only sufficient for a spot in the middle of the field, and in the remaining benchmarks only for the lower third, together with the comparison devices with the weaker equipment. 

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
223.5 Points ∼100% +295%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
71.6 Points ∼32% +26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
69.57 Points ∼31% +23%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
69.51 Points ∼31% +23%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
68.6 Points ∼31% +21%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
62.198 Points ∼28% +10%
Honor 8 Pro (Chrome Version 57)
58.065 Points ∼26% +3%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
56.63 Points ∼25%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro (Chrome 54.0.2840.85)
50.703 Points ∼23% -10%
HTC U Ultra (Chrome 56)
45.084 Points ∼20% -20%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
35209 Points ∼100% +238%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
14050 Points ∼40% +35%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
13265 Points ∼38% +27%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
11945 Points ∼34% +15%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
11897 Points ∼34% +14%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
11781 Points ∼33% +13%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
10406 Points ∼30%
Honor 8 Pro (Chrome Version 57)
10016 Points ∼28% -4%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro (Chrome 54.0.2840.85)
8837 Points ∼25% -15%
HTC U Ultra (Chrome 56)
5511 Points ∼16% -47%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HTC U Ultra (Chrome 56)
4141 ms * ∼100% -15%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro (Chrome 54.0.2840.85)
3597.8 ms * ∼87% -0%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
3590.6 ms * ∼87%
Honor 8 Pro (Chrome Version 57)
3156.7 ms * ∼76% +12%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
2760.3 ms * ∼67% +23%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
2733.7 ms * ∼66% +24%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
2621.7 ms * ∼63% +27%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
2236.7 ms * ∼54% +38%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
1876.8 ms * ∼45% +48%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
719.7 ms * ∼17% +80%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
362 Points ∼100% +129%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
162 Points ∼45% +3%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
161 Points ∼44% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
159 Points ∼44% +1%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
158 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
154 Points ∼43% -3%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
152 Points ∼42% -4%
Honor 8 Pro (Chrome Version 57)
141 Points ∼39% -11%
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
111 Points ∼31% -30%

* ... smaller is better

There is an ample 128 GB of internal storage for the users of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This is twice as much as the usual standard of the competition in this device class. On the other hand, there is no option to expand the storage via a microSD card anymore. This is a decision that is hard for us to follow. However, the speed in our test unit is excellent and is on the level of UFS 2.1 storage. Unfortunately, this is not the only kind of storage that is used, but it is also possible that the Mate 10 Pro may be equipped with the slower UFS 2.0 storage.

After the first system start, there is still 108 GB available to the user. Unfortunately the firmware, which was already quite large in the Mate 9, has grown further and is now using a hefty 16.56 GB. The Porsche Design variant of the Mate 10 (256 GB) even uses up 25.39 GB.

Huawei Mate 10 ProHuawei Mate 9Samsung Galaxy Note 8Honor 8 ProSony Xperia XZ PremiumHTC U11OnePlus 5
AndroBench 3-5
-44%
-23%
2%
-37%
-21%
-21%
Random Write 4KB
164.45
8.77
-95%
14.55
-91%
151.6
-8%
17.2
-90%
79.97
-51%
19.3
-88%
Random Read 4KB
132.27
94.69
-28%
122.48
-7%
166.4
26%
74.1
-44%
91.45
-31%
141
7%
Sequential Write 256KB
208.72
142.92
-32%
205.85
-1%
187.1
-10%
194
-7%
206.41
-1%
201.5
-3%
Sequential Read 256KB
732.46
594.23
-19%
796.96
9%
737.8
1%
687
-6%
717.33
-2%
748
2%

Games

With its modern ARM Mali-G72 MP12 graphics unit, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers a very good performance and supports all the current graphics standards such as Open GL ES 3.2 and Vulkan 1.0. Thus, there are no limitations to gaming, also because Huawei has not used a high-resolution QHD+ panel. This is confirmed by the benchmarks, and games such as "Asphalt 8" and "Dead Trigger 2" deliver consistent sufficiently high frame rates, even if the limit is set to 30 FPS here. This limit is not imposed on casual games such as "Angry Birds 2," so they can reach a fast 58 FPS on average.

The position sensors and touchscreen do not offer any cause for complaint and contribute to the gaming fun. Only the positioning of the primary speaker at the bottom edge is not optimal for gaming, since it can be easily covered when holding the device in landscape position. 

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps
 very low30 fps
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps

Emissions

Temperature

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: GFXBench battery test OpenGL ES 2.0
T-Rex
Huawei Mate 10 Pro: GFXBench battery test OpenGL ES 3.1
Manhattan

Even during constant load, the surface temperatures of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro remain relatively low and only rarely reach the 40 °C mark (104 °F). While idling, the smartphone stays very cool and reaches a maximum of 26.3 °C (80 °F).

We analyze the temperatures of the SoC during constant load with the GFXBench battery test. The corresponding scenarios are run thirty times in a row while recording the battery level and frame rates. In the T-Rex test (Open GL ES 2.0), the test unit behaves flawlessly, delivering the full performance throughout the whole duration of the test. In the demanding Manhattan test (OpenGL ES 3.1), things already look different. During this test, the performance drops by almost 40% at times. This is not for long though, and even the lowest value is almost as high as the top result of the Mate 9.

Max. Load
 36.7 °C35.6 °C31.6 °C 
 36.1 °C35.7 °C31.8 °C 
 34.3 °C33.7 °C31.4 °C 
Maximum: 36.7 °C
Average: 34.1 °C
30.7 °C32 °C35.9 °C
30.2 °C31.7 °C32.3 °C
30.5 °C39.8 °C31.8 °C
Maximum: 39.8 °C
Average: 32.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  33.2 °C | Room Temperature 20.4 °C | Voltcraft IR-260

Speakers

Pink-Noise curves
Pink-Noise curves

As with its predecessor, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has two speakers. One is positioned in the ear piece and the other at the bottom edge. Although at slightly above 84 dB(A), the two can become quite loud, their positioning is not optimal, since the component at the bottom edge in particular can easily become covered in landscape mode. The sound quality is fairly good, especially since the lower mids are filled in by the second speaker. However, this is only the case for a medium volume, and at high volume the Mate 10 Pro quickly distorts some frequencies slightly. This became especially noticeable in the range around 2kHz. Still, the audio package offers a good overall impression and can even handle prolonged listening sessions at times, as long as they do not have to be very loud.

In the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei foregoes a headphone jack for the first time. Instead, the USB port is also used for the audio connection. In combination with the dedicated audio chip (384k/32 Bit), an excellent sound output should be possible through the digital transfer path. Huawei even speaks about a lossless audio chain. Suitable earphones are included in the box. They offer a decent and balanced sound output, despite their cheap looks. Anyone wanting to use headphones with an audio plug can make use of the included adapter. However, it might be better to use the Bluetooth connection in this case, since the Mate 10 Pro is the first Chinese smartphone that can also transfer high-resolution audio content wirelessly via Qualcomm aptX HD.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.237.82532.934.23137.235.64031.737.15039.6406328.327.98027.32610026.924.312526.723.71602433.420020.941.225020.951.931519.551.240018.560.350017.55663017.555.980015.755.1100015.865.7125016.669.5160015.874.2200015.477250015.574.931501673.3400015.870.450001670.8630016.373.1800016.372.91000016.273.51250016.468.81600016.455.8SPL28.684.4N1.154.7median 16.4Huawei Mate 10 Promedian 65.7Delta2.110.831.631.325.427.225.326.132.925.133.624.531.62628.4242728.220.828.22234.521.348.320.852.321.257.619.460.119.563.917.767.117.965.517.868.617.372.117.474.616.776.217.278.418.281.117.977.417.672.817.775.417.877.917.970.918.167.118.258.13086.91.369.1median 17.9Samsung Galaxy Note 8median 67.11.310.731.636.725.437.925.331.432.932.733.63231.632.328.431.92733.420.824.82227.421.334.820.844.221.253.919.460.519.564.817.768.817.970.617.870.817.369.817.467.516.769.517.270.418.269.517.969.317.663.317.757.617.859.717.960.418.160.318.255.83079.71.345.5median 17.9Sony Xperia XZ Premiummedian 60.51.311.3hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Huawei Mate 10 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 49% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 72% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 58% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Sony Xperia XZ Premium audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 42% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency comparison (Checkboxes selectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is on a very good level, and only at minimum brightness, which is indeed very low in the test unit (1.71 cd/m²); we would have expected even slightly less. In the comparison, only the Galaxy S8+ offers an even better result, and even some smartphones with much smaller displays use more power.

According to Huawei's own statements, it is the first manufacturer who had its rapid charging procedure tested and certified by the TÜV Rheinland (a German agency for technical certification) to ensure that the charging procedure is as fast and safe as possible. According to the specifications, the charger of the Mate 10 Pro is identical to that of the Mate 9 and offers a nominal power of up to 22.5 watts (5 V, 2 A; 4.5 V, 5.0 A; 5 V, 4.5 A). Yet the smartphone is charging much faster, managing a full charge in only 80 minutes. This is only possible with the included charger. Anyone using a charger from another manufacturer will need to expect much longer charging times. For example, with a QuickCharge-3 charger (5.0 V, 2.5A; 9.0 V, 1.7 A; 12 V, 1.25 A) it took considerably longer. At 0.005 watts, the power consumption of the included charger is pleasantly low.

Unfortunately, Huawei has not integrated wireless charging, justifying their decision during the presentation with too-low charging speeds. Yet this would have made the Phablet more flexible, in our opinion.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.85 / 1.15 / 1.23 Watt
Load midlight 4.12 / 8.42 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
Huawei Mate 9
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3300 mAh
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
2691 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3230 mAh
HTC U11
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3500 mAh
OnePlus 5
3300 mAh
Power Consumption
-37%
-1%
-41%
-42%
-24%
10%
-20%
Idle Minimum *
0.85
0.78
8%
0.73
14%
0.72
15%
0.62
27%
0.73
14%
0.68
20%
0.73
14%
Idle Average *
1.15
2.13
-85%
1.44
-25%
2.45
-113%
2.44
-112%
1.96
-70%
1.13
2%
1.44
-25%
Idle Maximum *
1.23
2.17
-76%
1.53
-24%
2.52
-105%
2.59
-111%
1.98
-61%
1.16
6%
1.5
-22%
Load Average *
4.12
6.32
-53%
4.56
-11%
3.84
7%
4.94
-20%
4.82
-17%
4.69
-14%
6.91
-68%
Load Maximum *
8.42
6.49
23%
5.09
40%
9.02
-7%
7.91
6%
7.15
15%
5.24
38%
8.51
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

As with its predecessors, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro boasts with a large 4000 mAh battery. The manufacturer specified a battery life that would be 30% longer than that of the Mate 9, which was unfortunately not confirmed in the test.

The tests offer the best comparison with the panel brightness adjusted to 150 cd/m². During the WLAN surfing test, the Mate 10 Pro achieved a very good result in the comparison, moving to the top of the field, although it lasts only about 10% longer than its predecessor. The continuous loop of a Full HD video offers even worse results, so probably the manufacturer still needs to make some improvements via updates, in order to come even close to the promised battery life. In PCMark, the Mate 10 Pro also lagged behind the Mate 9.

Due to the low minimum brightness, the smartphone lasted for a long time in the Reader’s test. The runtimes under load were similarly compelling, even if they will probably turn out slightly shorter during gaming and very power-demanding applications. Anyone needing to coax more performance from the battery can also activate the power-saving mode or reduce the panel resolution. But even without those functions, the battery will easily last for a day of use, and anyone who uses the smartphone more as a messenger and does not play games can also manage two or three days. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
29h 04min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
13h 38min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 42min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 38min
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
Huawei Mate 9
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3300 mAh
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
2691 mAh
Honor 8 Pro
4000 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3230 mAh
HTC U11
3000 mAh
OnePlus 5
3300 mAh
Battery Runtime
-4%
-28%
-8%
-25%
-8%
-32%
-23%
Reader / Idle
1744
1538
-12%
1134
-35%
2085
20%
1378
-21%
1754
1%
1250
-28%
1534
-12%
H.264
642
947
48%
662
3%
733
14%
675
5%
802
25%
498
-22%
623
-3%
WiFi v1.3
818
758
-7%
474
-42%
657
-20%
573
-30%
695
-15%
560
-32%
518
-37%
Load
398
219
-45%
246
-38%
211
-47%
181
-55%
236
-41%
212
-47%
247
-38%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
Huawei Mate 9
677 min ∼100% +14%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
596 min ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
533 min ∼79% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
495 min ∼73% -17%
HTC U11
476 min ∼70% -20%

Pros

+ bright and accurate-color OLED display
+ LTE Cat. 18
+ Dual-VoLTE
+ Dual-SIM
+ aptX HD
+ strong performance
+ very good battery life
+ very fast quick-charge technology
+ water and dust proof (IP 67)
+ high-quality build
+ good cameras
+ exact location determination
+ excellent voice quality

Cons

- no QHD+ resolution
- WLAN without MIMO
- no Bluetooth 5.0
- no wireless charging
- no storage expansion
- no headphone jack

Verdict

In the test: Huawei Mate 10 Pro, test unit provided by Huawei Germany
In the test: Huawei Mate 10 Pro, test unit provided by Huawei Germany

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a strong high-end smartphone, which is even fairly affordable compared to this year's competitors. The great FullView panel and the good display-to-surface ratio are compelling. With LTE Cat. 18 (max. 1.2 GBit/s) and Dual-VoLTE, there are even features that can currently only be found in the Mate 10 Pro. Added are a great performance, good cameras, and a huge battery that offers an enormous capacity at 4000 mAh, but cannot deliver as claimed. We expect Huawei to make improvements here, but we doubt that this will really be sufficient for the 30% claimed. On the other hand, Huawei delivered excellent work in the rapid charging technology, recharging the smartphone in no time at all. 

Premium made in China: small caveats, but a lot that impresses! 

The high-resolution audio chip sounds enticing, but unfortunately Huawei has cut the headphone jack and offers only wired sound through the USB port. On the other hand, it is a positive that the Chinese manufacturer has decided to integrate aptX HD into the Mate 10 Pro. The loss of the microSD card slot is another negative, which the relatively large 128 GB of storage does not quite make up for. We also would have liked the option to charge the smartphone wirelessly, which would have been particularly useful in the desktop mode.

We were surprised by the high quality of the display. Of course Huawei has also used great panels in the past, but it did not gather much experience with OLEDs until now. Particularly in the core competencies of brightness and color accuracy, the Mate 10 Pro is even better than the competing models by Samsung.

Although the cameras are really good as well, they cannot reach the current top models, since the performance of the hybrid zoom, the low-light performance and video are simply not good enough for this. Anyone who is outdoors a lot will find a great photo companion in the Mate 10 Pro, which enables great shots. Speaking of outdoors: the GPS is very accurate and due to the IP67 certification, you do not need to fear bad weather.

Overall, Huawei offers an excellent smartphone with the Mate 10 Pro, which also convinces with its extremely smooth operating system and great usability. In addition, the product remains relatively affordable at less than 800 Euros (~$928).

Huawei Mate 10 Pro - 10/30/2017 v6
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
94%
Keyboard
72 / 75 → 96%
Pointing Device
97%
Connectivity
65 / 60 → 100%
Weight
90%
Battery
94%
Display
91%
Games Performance
63 / 63 → 99%
Application Performance
70 / 70 → 99%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
79 / 91 → 87%
Camera
85%
Average
84%
91%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2017-11- 1 (Update: 2017-11- 3)