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Huawei Mate 10 Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 01/10/2018

One of the last ones of its kind. With their XXL-sized smartphone Mate 10, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei bucks the current trend towards displays with a 2:1-aspect ratio. How does the high-end phablet fare and is an import worth it?

In October of 2017, Huawei introduced the Mate 10 series – including the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Huawei Mate 10 Lite - to the German market. The “normal” Mate 10, however, is not available from German retailers - at least not yet. Those interested in the phablet thus have to import it themselves.

Just like the Pro-version, the Mate 10 makes use of Huawei’s own Kirin 970 processor, which is manufactured using a 10 nm process and not only offers much better performance, but also better efficiency compared to the predecessor-SoC Kirin 960. Even though the battery capacity of 4000 mAh has not changed, Huawei promises that the new Mate 10 lasts up to 30 percent longer on a charge.

Unlike the pro-version, however, the Mate 10 features a 5.9-inch IPS panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels as well as a fingerprint reader in the front. With the Mate 10 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer has decided to skip the regular headphone jack for the first time and includes a USB-C headset instead. The “normal” Mate 10 still has the 3.5 mm jack however, and also supports MicroSD cards for storage expansion, which the Pro doesn't.

The regular Mate 10 comes with 4 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of flash storage. At the time of writing, an import into Germany will cost about 500 Euros (~$600), while the model with 64 GB costs about 550 Euros (~$660). A version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB flash drive can be purchased for about 600 Euros (~$720). Users who want to avoid importing their smartphone from the Far East can actually purchase the Mate 10 abroad (in Spain), although the price then approaches the MSRP of 700 Euros ($840).

The Mate 10 is without any real competition, as other high-end 6-inch devices such as the Huawei Mate 10 ProLG V30 or Google Pixel 2 XL are more comparable to a stretched 5.5-inch smartphone since they feature a 2:1 aspect ratio. Only the displays of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and to some extend that of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus are about as wide as that of the Mate 10. The 5.7-inch HTC U Ultra with its secondary display in the front also features a 16:9 aspect ratio and could be considered an inexpensive alternative.

Huawei Mate 10 (Mate 10 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.9 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 498 PPI, Capacitive, Multi-Touch, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 64 GB 
, 51.9 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Card Reader: microSD card up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Gravity sensor, Light sensor, Distance sensor, Hall switch, Gyroscope, Barometer, Compass, USB Type-C, USB-OTG, Status-LED, Miracast
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM B2/B3/B5/B8, WCDMA B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19, FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B6/B7/B8/B9/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26, TD-LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 150.5 x 77.8 ( = 0.32 x 5.93 x 3.06 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 20 MPix 20MP+12MP dual cameras
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: dual speakers, Keyboard: Onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB cable, modular power adapter (CHN), (EU adapter), silicon sleeve, EMUI version 8.0, 12 Months Warranty, SAR value: 0.99 W/kg head, 1.29 W/kg body, fanless
Weight
186 g ( = 6.56 oz / 0.41 pounds), Power Supply: 41 g ( = 1.45 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
699 Euro

 

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Huawei uses 2.5 D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which curves at the edges before it transitions into the metal frame of the chassis. The bezel of the 5.9-inch IPS display is very narrow indeed and the borders at the top and on the bottom are also very narrow. As a result, the screen-to-body ratio is an outstandingly low 82 percent. 

Because of the very narrow borders, the slim (8 mm/~0.31 in) case – which is protected against dust and spraying water according to IP53 standard – can be held very comfortably. The Mate 10’s case is smaller than that of the Mate 9, but that does not mean that the smartphone lends itself to one-handed operation all that well. Swiping across the navigation bar does activate one-handed mode, which shrinks the screen content. 

As with the front, the curved back is also made out of glass. The Mate 10 is available in Mocha Brown, Pink Gold, Black, and Champagne Gold. Given the price point, both the build quality as well as the material selection are top notch. There is not much to criticize, although the buttons for the volume control on the right edge are a bit too wobbly for our liking. The buttons are pleasantly firm, however. 

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Our review smartphone is equipped with 64 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, of which 52 GB is available to the user. Storage can be expanded with a MicroSD card at the expense of the dual-SIM functionality. The integrated microSD card reader works with the current standards SDHC and SDXC and can accept cards up to a capacity of 256 GB.

The USB Type-C charge port works at USB 3.0 speeds and supports USB OTG for external storage devices as well. Even though the back is made of glass, the Mate 10 does not support wireless charging. Instead, Huawei employs their Super Charge Technology to charge the internal 4000 mAh battery.

Other features consist of the notification LEDs, an infrared remote and a fingerprint reader. Miracast – so the wireless connection to an external monitor or TV - is supported as well. In addition, the USB-C port can also transmit DisplayPort (1.2) signals.

left side: SIM slot
left side: SIM slot
top: microphone and 3.5 mm headphone jack
top: microphone and 3.5 mm headphone jack
right side: volume buttons and power switch
right side: volume buttons and power switch
bottom: speaker and USB port
bottom: speaker and USB port

Software

As always, Huawei uses their own EMUI (Emotion User Interface), which is now based on the current Google Android version 8.0. While the Chinese import version does not support Google services such as the Play Store or applications such as Gmail, the global version of the Mate 10 does not suffer from the same restraints and also includes other system languages aside from Chinese and English (including German).

In other aspects, the EMUI version remains essentially unchanged from that of the Pro-version of the Mate 10 available in Germany. Most third-party applications such as Facebook or Instagram can be uninstalled if so desired. With the phablet connected to an external monitor, the Android Desktop mode launches, which is comparable to Samsung’s DeX – but without the need for an additional docking station. 

Our review smartphone is up-to-date as far as the security patches are concerned (updates are from November 2017).

Communication and GPS

There are not any major differences between the regular Mate 10 and the Pro-version when it comes to the communication capabilities. The WLAN module supports IEEE 802.11 standards a/b/g/n/ac on both the 2.4 and the 5.0 GHz bands. Bluetooth version 4.2 and NFC are also on board.

The signal attenuation is very low at -27 dBm in close proximity to our Telecom router (Speedport W921V). The transfer speeds between the smartphone and our reference router Linksys EA8500 are good, but cannot quite compare to Samsung's smartphones or the LG V30. All in all, however, the recorded speeds still exceed those of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

For the first time, the Mate-10-series supports LTE Cat 16, which allows a maximum theoretical connection speed of 1 Gbit/s. The smartphone also has dual Nano SIM card slots, both of which support VoLTE. Neither slot is therefore limited to just UMTS. The number of supported frequencies is also quite good. Even though we got our phone through an import company, the Mate 10 supports LTE band 20 (800 MHz), which is important in the more rural areas in Germany.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
LG V30
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
657 MBit/s ∼100% +115%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
503 MBit/s ∼77% +65%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
368 MBit/s ∼56% +21%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
338 MBit/s ∼51% +11%
Huawei Mate 10
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
305 MBit/s ∼46%
Huawei Mate 9
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
259 MBit/s ∼39% -15%
HTC U Ultra
Adreno 530, 821 MSM8996 Pro, 64 GB eMMC Flash
247 MBit/s ∼38% -19%
Google Pixel 2 XL
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
239 MBit/s ∼36% -22%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
LG V30
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
703 MBit/s ∼100% +103%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
656 MBit/s ∼93% +89%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
653 MBit/s ∼93% +88%
Huawei Mate 10
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
347 MBit/s ∼49%
Google Pixel 2 XL
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
279 MBit/s ∼40% -20%
HTC U Ultra
Adreno 530, 821 MSM8996 Pro, 64 GB eMMC Flash
259 MBit/s ∼37% -25%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
225 MBit/s ∼32% -35%
Huawei Mate 9
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
165 MBit/s ∼23% -52%
GPS test inside
GPS test inside
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

The integrated navigation module supports BeiDou, GLONASS and GPS. Satellites are acquired reasonably fast outdoors with an accuracy of about 4 meters (~13 ft). Even indoors, the signal strength is quite decent and good enough to establish the location within 8 meters (~26 ft).

For our real-world test, we compare the recorded distances between the smartphone and the professional bike computer Garmin Edge 500. For our 5 km (~3.1 mi) test track, the Huawei Mate 10 shows a deviation of about 120 meters (~394 ft), which is low enough to not hamper navigation significantly. A closer look at the GPS track reveals higher inaccuracies, especially when turning corners.

GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Huawei Mate 10
GPS Huawei Mate 10
GPS Huawei Mate 10

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

The voice quality is quite decent. We did not encounter any dropouts or had any issues with the reception during the test period; voices are rendered clearly and are thus easy to understand. The integrated microphone is decent as well and our conversation partner at the other end could understand us without any difficulties.

Cameras

front-facing camera
front-facing camera

Both rear-facing camera modules – optimized by the German company Leica - are capable of delivering very high-quality photos, although there is still room for improvement when it comes to the software. In bright conditions, the 12 MP RGB and 20 MP monochrome sensors deliver pictures with lots of details and good sharpness. The dynamic range is also quite outstanding. When taking photos of people, however, the results often appear artificial, since skin areas in particular look almost as if they have been “improved” with a beauty filter. In addition, the software applies substantial amounts of sharpening. 

Thanks to the large aperture of f/1.6, the Mate 10 can take decent photos even under low light conditions. The recorded brightness is sufficient, but in terms of sharpness or image noise the smartphone cannot quite compare to the Galaxy S8/Note or the Pixel 2.

Videos can be recorded at up to Ultra HD resolution (3840x2160 pixels) at 30 FPS. The quality is outstanding in Full HD and Ultra HD at 30 FPS, but when recording in Full HD at 60 FPS, the videos are much darker with higher amounts of noise. Small movements and camera shake are compensated, thanks to the integrated OIS.

The CMOS sensor of the front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 MP and a maximum aperture of f/2.0. The quality of selfies is good as long as there is ample light. Unfortunately, there is no autofocus to ensure maximum sharpness. Videos can be recorded at up to 30 FPS at a Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels).

bokeh...
bokeh...
...effects
...effects
HDR mode
HDR mode
photo mode
photo mode

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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ColorChecker Passport - the lower field contains the reference color
ColorChecker Passport - the lower field contains the reference color

As always, we check the color capabilities of our review smartphones under controlled conditions. The Mate 10 does a decent job here, but the photos of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (no post-processing applied) reveal a white balance which is much too warm. To get an idea of the sharpness, we take pictures of our test chart under controlled artificial lighting. The sharpness is very good, but there is a noticeable softness, particularly at the lower edges. 

Accessories and Warranty

The box includes the phone itself as well as a quick start guide in Chinese, a modular power adapter and the USB cable. Huawei also includes a transparent sleeve made out of plastic, and headphones. 

Our supplier TradingShenzhen adds an EU plug adapter free of charge.

A 12-month warranty covers the Mate 10 against manufacturer’s defects, but in Germany, Huawei does not offer repairs for devices purchased in non-EU countries. If the smartphone is purchased in Germany (via EBay, for example), the German “Gewährleistung” (coverage for 2 years) still applies, however.

Alternatively, TradingShenzhen also warrants the smartphone for 12 months as long as a German contact address is supplied. 

Input Devices & Operation

The display can recognize up to 10 fingers simultaneously. The capacitive multi-touch display reacts promptly and reliably even at the very edges, while the Corning Gorilla Glass allows the fingers to glide smoothly.

Since the bezel is very narrow, the fingerprint reader located on the front is actually positioned quite low on the display, but the biometric unlocking feature works quite well. In typical Huawei fashion, the sensor not only functions reliably, but also unlocks the phone very quickly.

The familiar onscreen buttons in the lower third of the display are used for navigation. Alternatively, the user can hide the buttons to navigate the Android OS using the fingerprint-sensitive area. Long-pressing the touch-sensitive home button underneath the display takes the user to the homescreen, while a short press opens the previous screen. A side swipe over the sensor opens up the multi-tasking view. Navigating the Mate 10 is quite easy after a brief adjustment period.

For text inputs, the Mate 10 comes with the SwiftKey keyboard preinstalled. 

Display

subpixel array
subpixel array

Unlike the predecessor, the new Mate 10 features a 5.9-inch IPS display with QHD resolution (2560x1440 pixels). The default is 1080p though, so getting to the higher pixel density (almost 500 PPI) requires changing the corresponding setting. With only 402 PPI, even the higher-end Pro-version trails its sibling when it comes to the pixel density. The screen content is supremely sharp and the large display makes reading text a joy. The maximum brightness of 458 cd/m² is just decent, but with the brightness sensor enabled, the panel brightness jumps to 716 cd/m².

The brightness distribution is also quite even at 94 percent. The more relevant APL50 measurement - which simulates an even distribution of light and dark areas on the display – results in a still very respectable 653 cd/m².

Like many other manufacturers, Huawei uses a context-aware automatic brightness control. Depending on the scenario - surfing the web using the Chrome browser, for example - the Mate 10 automatically adjusts the brightness. This "feature" can be quite annoying at times, but turning it off in the menu system is unfortunately impossible.

716
cd/m²
703
cd/m²
678
cd/m²
710
cd/m²
704
cd/m²
672
cd/m²
681
cd/m²
677
cd/m²
686
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 716 cd/m² Average: 691.9 cd/m² Minimum: 1.68 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 704 cd/m²
Contrast: 2514:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.4 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
Gamma: 2.34
Huawei Mate 10
IPS, 2560x1440, 5.9
Huawei Mate 9
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.9
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
OLED, 2160x1080, 6
HTC U Ultra
SLCD 5, 2560x1440, 5.7
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Super AMOLED, 2960x1440, 6.3
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Super AMOLED, 2960x1440, 6.2
LG V30
OLED, 2880x1440, 6
Google Pixel 2 XL
P-OLED, 2880x1440, 6
Screen
-40%
9%
-56%
-7%
13%
-52%
-19%
Brightness
692
680
-2%
636
-8%
445
-36%
536
-23%
562
-19%
428
-38%
420
-39%
Brightness Distribution
94
93
-1%
94
0%
88
-6%
93
-1%
93
-1%
87
-7%
87
-7%
Black Level *
0.28
0.42
-50%
0.22
21%
Contrast
2514
1657
-34%
2136
-15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.4
4.3
-79%
1.7
29%
5.5
-129%
2.6
-8%
1.7
29%
4.18
-74%
2.7
-13%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.8
4.8
-71%
2.4
14%
7.6
-171%
2.7
4%
1.6
43%
5.3
-89%
3.3
-18%
Gamma
2.34 103%
2.33 103%
2.15 112%
2.2 109%
2.04 118%
2.13 113%
2.33 103%
2.36 102%
CCT
6423 101%
7255 90%
6337 103%
7454 87%
6206 105%
6435 101%
7487 87%
6787 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
81.57
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.87

* ... 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 not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8615 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The black value of 0.28 cd/m² and the contrast ratio of 2514:1 are very good as well, although the APL50-measurements show slightly lower values (black value 0.3 cd/m²; 2173:1). Of course, smartphones based on OLED-technology still have a significant advantage since they can display “true” black, which in turn means a theoretically unlimited contrast ratio. Compared to the predecessor, Huawei has improved the display significantly.

Our analysis with a photospectrometer and the software CalMAN shows comparatively low DeltaE deviations for color (2.4) and grayscale (2.8) for the sRGB color space (mode: warm). Ideally, these values should be <3, so the Mate 10 does well here. The color temperature of 6423K is also very close to the ideal of 6500K and the sRGB coverage is almost 100 percent.

With the “vivid” mode active, there is a slight color cast and the DeltaE deviation for colors and grayscale are slightly worse. In addition, the saturation is higher as well.

ColorChecker (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
ColorChecker (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
Colorspace (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
Colorspace (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
Graylevels (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
Graylevels (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
Saturation (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
Saturation (profile: vivid, color space: P3)
ColorChecker (profile: normal, color space: sRGB
ColorChecker (profile: normal, color space: sRGB
Colorspace (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
Colorspace (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
Graylevels (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
Graylevels (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: normal, color space: sRGB)
Colorspace (profile: warm, color space: sRGB)
Colorspace (profile: warm, color space: sRGB)
Graylevels (profile: warm, color space: sRGB)
Graylevels (profile: warm, color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: warm, color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: warm, 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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 57 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 23.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 74 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.3 ms).

The combination of high brightness and impressive contrast improve the outdoor usability significantly and the display remains readable at all times. Thanks to the automatic brightness adjustment, even direct sunlight during the summer months should not pose too much of a problem.

The viewing angle stability is great as well. Even at very shallow angles, colors do not invert and the decrease in brightness is very minimal. IPS backlight bleeding and glow effects (normally noticeable when viewing dark images at shallow angles) are also not really a factor.

Performance

The HiSilicon Kirin 970 is one of the highest-performing 10 nm SoCs on the market. The ARM-based processor was developed in-house and features eight cores. The high-end chip integrates four ARM Cortex A73 cores (running at up to 2.4 GHz) and four Cortex A53 cores (which top out at 1.8 GHz) using the “big.LITTLE” computing architecture. The graphics card is courtesy of the integrated and very powerful twelve-core GPU ARM Mali G72 GPU (MP12). 

The Mate 10 delivers great overall performance with no slowdowns or hiccups, even during heavy multitasking sessions. Thanks mainly to the extremely fast flash storage – one of the fastest ones on the market - applications open and close rapidly.

The results of the synthetic benchmark tests are also outstanding. Even when tasked with graphic-intensive benchmarks, the integrated GPU performs extremely well and ties its sibling Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which features a lower-resolution display.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
178234 Points ∼78%
Huawei Mate 9
124087 Points ∼54% -30%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
177341 Points ∼78% -1%
HTC U Ultra
139017 Points ∼61% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
173997 Points ∼76% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
165382 Points ∼73% -7%
LG V30
173749 Points ∼76% -3%
Google Pixel 2 XL
166151 Points ∼73% -7%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
6904 Points ∼67%
Huawei Mate 9
6299 Points ∼61% -9%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6932 Points ∼67% 0%
HTC U Ultra
5217 Points ∼51% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
5096 Points ∼49% -26%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5195 Points ∼50% -25%
LG V30
5603 Points ∼54% -19%
Google Pixel 2 XL
6994 Points ∼68% +1%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
8337 Points ∼97%
Huawei Mate 9
7403 Points ∼87% -11%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
8439 Points ∼99% +1%
HTC U Ultra
5217 Points ∼61% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
6084 Points ∼71% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5830 Points ∼68% -30%
LG V30
6854 Points ∼80% -18%
Google Pixel 2 XL
8258 Points ∼97% -1%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
1253 Points ∼74%
Huawei Mate 9
1076 Points ∼63% -14%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1234 Points ∼73% -2%
HTC U Ultra
907 Points ∼53% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
1235 Points ∼73% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
1163 Points ∼69% -7%
LG V30
1009 Points ∼59% -19%
Google Pixel 2 XL
1186 Points ∼70% -5%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
3928 Points ∼42%
Huawei Mate 9
3939 Points ∼43% 0%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3657 Points ∼40% -7%
HTC U Ultra
4591 Points ∼50% +17%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
6121 Points ∼66% +56%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
6126 Points ∼66% +56%
LG V30
5949 Points ∼64% +51%
Google Pixel 2 XL
6142 Points ∼66% +56%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
4141 Points ∼94%
Huawei Mate 9
3850 Points ∼87% -7%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4142 Points ∼94% 0%
HTC U Ultra
1581 Points ∼36% -62%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3095 Points ∼70% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3135 Points ∼71% -24%
LG V30
2091 Points ∼47% -50%
Google Pixel 2 XL
2927 Points ∼66% -29%
System (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
5228 Points ∼51%
Huawei Mate 9
3616 Points ∼35% -31%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
5244 Points ∼51% 0%
HTC U Ultra
2834 Points ∼28% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
5308 Points ∼52% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5319 Points ∼52% +2%
LG V30
4238 Points ∼41% -19%
Google Pixel 2 XL
5914 Points ∼58% +13%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
3210 Points ∼85%
Huawei Mate 9
2772 Points ∼73% -14%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3147 Points ∼83% -2%
HTC U Ultra
2078 Points ∼55% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3338 Points ∼88% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3301 Points ∼87% +3%
LG V30
2702 Points ∼71% -16%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3351 Points ∼88% +4%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
6613 Points ∼26%
Huawei Mate 9
6445 Points ∼26% -3%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6792 Points ∼27% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
6744 Points ∼27% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
6695 Points ∼27% +1%
LG V30
6078 Points ∼24% -8%
Google Pixel 2 XL
6253 Points ∼25% -5%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
1883 Points ∼32%
Huawei Mate 9
1866 Points ∼31% -1%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1898 Points ∼32% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2028 Points ∼34% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2015 Points ∼34% +7%
LG V30
1900 Points ∼32% +1%
Google Pixel 2 XL
1916 Points ∼32% +2%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
2887 Points ∼94%
Huawei Mate 9
2117 Points ∼69% -27%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2871 Points ∼93% -1%
HTC U Ultra
1763 Points ∼57% -39%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2346 Points ∼76% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2466 Points ∼80% -15%
LG V30
2931 Points ∼95% +2%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3028 Points ∼98% +5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
3033 Points ∼56%
Huawei Mate 9
2294 Points ∼43% -24%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2844 Points ∼53% -6%
HTC U Ultra
2405 Points ∼45% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2661 Points ∼49% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3479 Points ∼65% +15%
LG V30
3903 Points ∼72% +29%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3872 Points ∼72% +28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
2999 Points ∼77%
Huawei Mate 9
2240 Points ∼58% -25%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2850 Points ∼73% -5%
HTC U Ultra
2225 Points ∼57% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2584 Points ∼67% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3188 Points ∼82% +6%
LG V30
3635 Points ∼94% +21%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3646 Points ∼94% +22%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
2852 Points ∼93%
Huawei Mate 9
2123 Points ∼69% -26%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2896 Points ∼94% +2%
HTC U Ultra
1646 Points ∼53% -42%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2342 Points ∼76% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2465 Points ∼80% -14%
LG V30
2808 Points ∼91% -2%
Google Pixel 2 XL
2995 Points ∼97% +5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
3522 Points ∼46%
Huawei Mate 9
2448 Points ∼32% -30%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3353 Points ∼43% -5%
HTC U Ultra
3807 Points ∼49% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3928 Points ∼51% +12%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
4786 Points ∼62% +36%
LG V30
5895 Points ∼76% +67%
Google Pixel 2 XL
5856 Points ∼76% +66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
3347 Points ∼67%
Huawei Mate 9
2367 Points ∼48% -29%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3239 Points ∼65% -3%
HTC U Ultra
2947 Points ∼59% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3414 Points ∼69% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3958 Points ∼80% +18%
LG V30
4738 Points ∼95% +42%
Google Pixel 2 XL
4831 Points ∼97% +44%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
21611 Points ∼30%
Huawei Mate 9
15104 Points ∼21% -30%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22629 Points ∼31% +5%
HTC U Ultra
21263 Points ∼30% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
22829 Points ∼32% +6%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
20892 Points ∼29% -3%
LG V30
14601 Points ∼20% -32%
Google Pixel 2 XL
20233 Points ∼28% -6%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
36231 Points ∼8%
Huawei Mate 9
35626 Points ∼8% -2%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
34008 Points ∼7% -6%
HTC U Ultra
33446 Points ∼7% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
36807 Points ∼8% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
33077 Points ∼7% -9%
LG V30
55271 Points ∼12% +53%
Google Pixel 2 XL
54156 Points ∼12% +49%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
31605 Points ∼16%
Huawei Mate 9
27364 Points ∼14% -13%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
30590 Points ∼16% -3%
HTC U Ultra
29668 Points ∼15% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
32399 Points ∼16% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
29282 Points ∼15% -7%
LG V30
34139 Points ∼17% +8%
Google Pixel 2 XL
39456 Points ∼20% +25%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
97 fps ∼7%
Huawei Mate 9
80 fps ∼6% -18%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
112 fps ∼8% +15%
HTC U Ultra
74 fps ∼5% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
105 fps ∼8% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
104 fps ∼8% +7%
LG V30
113 fps ∼8% +16%
Google Pixel 2 XL
112 fps ∼8% +15%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
60 fps ∼13%
Huawei Mate 9
60 fps ∼13% 0%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
60 fps ∼13% 0%
HTC U Ultra
46 fps ∼10% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
59 fps ∼13% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
58 fps ∼13% -3%
LG V30
60 fps ∼13% 0%
Google Pixel 2 XL
59 fps ∼13% -2%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
53 fps ∼10%
Huawei Mate 9
34 fps ∼6% -36%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
54 fps ∼10% +2%
HTC U Ultra
26 fps ∼5% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
51 fps ∼9% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
50 fps ∼9% -6%
LG V30
59 fps ∼11% +11%
Google Pixel 2 XL
59 fps ∼11% +11%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
51 fps ∼14%
Huawei Mate 9
37 fps ∼10% -27%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
56 fps ∼15% +10%
HTC U Ultra
23 fps ∼6% -55%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
38 fps ∼10% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
38 fps ∼10% -25%
LG V30
35 fps ∼10% -31%
Google Pixel 2 XL
35 fps ∼10% -31%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
38 fps ∼9%
Huawei Mate 9
24 fps ∼6% -37%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
37 fps ∼9% -3%
HTC U Ultra
12 fps ∼3% -68%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
42 fps ∼10% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
42 fps ∼10% +11%
LG V30
40 fps ∼10% +5%
Google Pixel 2 XL
41 fps ∼10% +8%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
37 fps ∼21%
Huawei Mate 9
28 fps ∼16% -24%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
38 fps ∼22% +3%
HTC U Ultra
12 fps ∼7% -68%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
23 fps ∼13% -38%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
23 fps ∼13% -38%
LG V30
19 fps ∼11% -49%
Google Pixel 2 XL
20 fps ∼11% -46%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
21 fps ∼6%
Huawei Mate 9
fps ∼0% -100%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
21 fps ∼6% 0%
HTC U Ultra
15 fps ∼4% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
25 fps ∼7% +19%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
25 fps ∼7% +19%
LG V30
24 fps ∼7% +14%
Google Pixel 2 XL
24 fps ∼7% +14%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 10
21 fps ∼1%
Huawei Mate 9
14 fps ∼0% -33%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22 fps ∼1% +5%
HTC U Ultra
8.4 fps ∼0% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
13 fps ∼0% -38%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
13 fps ∼0% -38%
LG V30
13 fps ∼0% -38%
Google Pixel 2 XL
13 fps ∼0% -38%

Legend

 
Huawei Mate 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970, ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Huawei Mate 9 HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Huawei Mate 10 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970, ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
HTC U Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
LG V30 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Google Pixel 2 XL Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

When running various browser benchmarks, the Mate 10 also holds its own and ranks towards the top of the field. Subjectively, the browser performance is very decent, even when loading demanding pages.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
69.57 Points ∼100% +19%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
68.6 Points ∼99% +17%
Google Pixel 2 XL (Chrome 62)
64.709 Points ∼93% +10%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
62.198 Points ∼89% +6%
Huawei Mate 10 (Chrome Version 63)
58.572 Points ∼84%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
56.63 Points ∼81% -3%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
52.9 Points ∼76% -10%
HTC U Ultra (Chrome 56)
45.084 Points ∼65% -23%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
14050 Points ∼100% +25%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
13265 Points ∼94% +18%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
11897 Points ∼85% +6%
Google Pixel 2 XL (Chrome 62)
11308 Points ∼80% +1%
Huawei Mate 10 (Chrome Version 63)
11205 Points ∼80%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
10506 Points ∼75% -6%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
10406 Points ∼74% -7%
HTC U Ultra (Chrome 56)
5511 Points ∼39% -51%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HTC U Ultra (Chrome 56)
4141 ms * ∼100% -12%
Huawei Mate 10 (Chrome Version 63)
3704.1 ms * ∼89%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
3630 ms * ∼88% +2%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
3590.6 ms * ∼87% +3%
Google Pixel 2 XL (Chrome 62)
3434.1 ms * ∼83% +7%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
2733.7 ms * ∼66% +26%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
2236.7 ms * ∼54% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
1876.8 ms * ∼45% +49%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Google Pixel 2 XL (Chrome 62)
194 Points ∼100% +24%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Browser 6.0)
159 Points ∼82% +2%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
158 Points ∼81% +1%
Huawei Mate 10 (Chrome Version 63)
156 Points ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Samsung Browser 5.2)
154 Points ∼79% -1%
Huawei Mate 9 (Chrome 54)
152 Points ∼78% -3%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
138 Points ∼71% -12%

* ... smaller is better

With read and write rates of 81 MB/s and 63 MB/s, respectively, the performance of the integrated microSD card reader is more than satisfactory and comparable to competing high-end smartphones. As always, we use our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 (maximum read 270 MB/s, maximum write 150 MB/s) for our test.

Huawei Mate 10Huawei Mate 9Huawei Mate 10 ProHTC U UltraSamsung Galaxy Note 8Samsung Galaxy S8 PlusLG V30Google Pixel 2 XL
AndroBench 3-5
-46%
8%
-32%
-22%
-23%
-35%
-22%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
29.53 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-53%
67.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
8%
59.27 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-6%
57.24 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-9%
47.2
-25%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
80.62 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
53.97 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-33%
82.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
3%
67.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-16%
71.12 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-12%
62.8
-22%
Random Write 4KB
105.31
8.77
-92%
164.45
56%
13.7
-87%
14.55
-86%
15.27
-85%
10.21
-90%
17.84
-83%
Random Read 4KB
169.67
94.69
-44%
132.27
-22%
84.2
-50%
122.48
-28%
127.18
-25%
78.17
-54%
170.55
1%
Sequential Write 256KB
201.67
142.92
-29%
208.72
3%
164.7
-18%
205.85
2%
194.18
-4%
193.22
-4%
195.26
-3%
Sequential Read 256KB
790.33
594.23
-25%
732.46
-7%
423.9
-46%
796.96
1%
787.6
0%
669.48
-15%
760.14
-4%

Gaming

The graphics card Mali G72 (MP12) is integrated into the HiSilicon Kirin SoC and is based on the second-generation Bifrost architecture. Graphically demanding titles from the Android Play Store, such as the racing game “Asphalt 8: Airborne” or the FPS game “Dead Trigger 2” are no problem for the Mate 10 and run without any stutters. The load times are also pleasantly short. During our gaming tests, the phablet achieved frame rates of 29 and 30 FPS, respectively.

Controlling the action via the touchscreen and the position sensor works flawlessly.

Aphalt 8: Airborne
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high29 fps
 very low30 fps
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps

Emissions

Temperature

While under load, the temperatures on the back and the front of the smartphone are not even - some areas get hotter than others. We measured a maximum of 35 °C (~95 °F) in the front; the back gets marginally warmer and reaches 36 °C (~97 °F). During normal operation, the smartphone does not get nearly as warm, however.

To check for throttling under maximum load, we run the Battery Test portion of GFXBench, which renders the same sequence 30 times in a row. The frame rates fluctuate noticeably by up to 50 percent. Short drops in performance under load are therefore likely to occur.

Max. Load
 35.3 °C34.3 °C34.6 °C 
 34.6 °C33.7 °C34.3 °C 
 33.8 °C34 °C33.4 °C 
Maximum: 35.3 °C
Average: 34.2 °C
31.7 °C33.6 °C35.8 °C
31.4 °C31.8 °C34 °C
31.6 °C31.9 °C32.4 °C
Maximum: 35.8 °C
Average: 32.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  26.6 °C | Room Temperature 20.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-260

Speakers

The Mate 10 comes with two speakers - one behind the earpiece, the other one is located on the bottom edge. The audible range is well balanced, but since the front speaker is fairly small, the stereo effect is not very pronounced. While the speaker above the display is not quite loud enough and predominantly emphasizes the highs, the one at the bottom is louder and punchier. The maximum volume could be a tad louder though.

With the included headphones plugged in, the volume is loud enough, but the quality of both the sound as well as the earphones is just average and in no way comparable to the superb output of HTC USonic headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.246.52532.945.53137.2374031.746.35039.6486328.341.48027.34310026.93512526.732.71602439.220020.948.425020.947.731519.549.240018.557.550017.558.563017.561.880015.760.5100015.863125016.666.1160015.871.7200015.473.3250015.574.731501671.3400015.873.750001673.1630016.372.8800016.370.91000016.2681250016.463.41600016.450.6SPL28.683.2N1.152.3median 16.4Huawei Mate 10median 63Delta2.111.330.929.330.926.229.126.228.627.828.629.832.629.828.826.728.82628.8262424.92424.824.724.830.722.130.729.220.829.236.120.136.141.719.841.748.72148.753.321.753.357.420.557.462.62162.662.118.462.165.71765.767.717.367.766.915.266.970.315.570.371.21571.27314.97378.515.178.581.314.681.373.914.673.973.114.673.17214.6726014.66048.214.648.28628.88657.31.257.3median 62.6HTC U Ultramedian 17median 62.612.2312.235.246.432.941.937.237.731.736.839.640.528.330.327.330.326.928.126.732.2244520.952.120.957.119.558.518.562.617.570.917.574.715.778.515.876.916.676.215.873.415.473.615.575.51679.915.880.11676.516.37416.374.916.271.416.458.216.44228.688.41.176.2median 16.4Google Pixel 2 XLmedian 73.42.110.5hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Huawei Mate 10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 25% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 54% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HTC U Ultra audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 12.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Google Pixel 2 XL audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes can be turned on/off)

Battery Runtime

Power Consumption

Because of the larger and higher-resolution display, the Mate 10 is not exactly energy efficient when compared to the Pro version. Especially at higher load levels, Huawei's smartphone consumes more power than its competitors.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.22 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.89 / 2.31 / 2.38 Watt
Load midlight 4.87 / 9.16 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Mate 10
4000 mAh
Huawei Mate 9
4000 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
HTC U Ultra
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3500 mAh
LG V30
3300 mAh
Google Pixel 2 XL
3520 mAh
Power Consumption
6%
25%
-11%
28%
35%
29%
6%
Idle Minimum *
0.89
0.78
12%
0.85
4%
1
-12%
0.73
18%
0.68
24%
0.72
19%
1.28
-44%
Idle Average *
2.31
2.13
8%
1.15
50%
2.41
-4%
1.44
38%
1.13
51%
1.37
41%
1.87
19%
Idle Maximum *
2.38
2.17
9%
1.23
48%
2.46
-3%
1.53
36%
1.16
51%
1.41
41%
1.89
21%
Load Average *
4.87
6.32
-30%
4.12
15%
6.8
-40%
4.56
6%
4.69
4%
3.46
29%
3.73
23%
Load Maximum *
9.16
6.49
29%
8.42
8%
8.9
3%
5.09
44%
5.24
43%
7.83
15%
8.08
12%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Mate 10 is equipped with a 4000 mAh battery and delivers impressive performance during the WLAN test with the display set to 150 cd/m². Even though the power draw is quite high, the phablet lasts almost 14.5 hours before we had to plug it back in. The observed inefficiencies (save for the stress test at maximum load) simply do not translate to everyday use.

The Super Charge technology fully charges the Mate 10 at up to 22.5 W (5 V, 2 A; 4.5 V, 5.0 A; 5 V, 4.5 A) in about 1.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
27h 51min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
14h 25min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
16h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 19min
Huawei Mate 10
4000 mAh
Huawei Mate 9
4000 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
HTC U Ultra
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3500 mAh
LG V30
3300 mAh
Google Pixel 2 XL
3520 mAh
Battery Runtime
-10%
12%
-25%
-29%
-10%
-3%
-12%
Reader / Idle
1671
1538
-8%
1744
4%
1568
-6%
1134
-32%
1565
-6%
1914
15%
1706
2%
H.264
1003
947
-6%
929
-7%
605
-40%
662
-34%
742
-26%
822
-18%
672
-33%
WiFi v1.3
865
758
-12%
818
-5%
546
-37%
474
-45%
736
-15%
774
-11%
581
-33%
Load
259
219
-15%
398
54%
214
-17%
246
-5%
275
6%
267
3%
302
17%

Pros

+ outstanding design & feels great to the touch
+ very good IPS panel
+ QHD resolution (16:9)
+ doesn't get very hot
+ great run times
+ outstanding performance

Cons

- high SAR value
- camera software is lacking
- no wireless charging
- Bluetooth 4.2
- WLAN could be faster
- only IP-53 certified
- (availability)

Verdict

Huawei Mate 10, courtesy of Trading Shenzhen.
Huawei Mate 10, courtesy of Trading Shenzhen.

The Huawei Mate 10 is an outstanding smartphone. The few minor quibbles – the (in our case at least) wobbly volume rocker switch, the lack of an IP 67 certification, the context-based brightness adjustment, the post-processing of the photos – do not really detract from the overall concept.

The “regular” Mate 10 is undoubtedly the legitimate successor of the popular Mate 9. As one of the outstanding successes of 2017, the smartphone is certainly worthy of consideration - despite the fact that it’s not officially available in Germany.

We have to admit that we struggle to understand why Huawei has decided not to sell the regular Mate 10 in Germany and many other countries. The phablet has a few advantages over the Pro-version: the Mate 10 comes with a 3.5 mm headphone check, features QHD resolution, and allows for storage expansion using SD cards. As such, it should appeal to a broader range of users. Thanks to the 16:9 display ratio, the 6-inch phablet is a true alternative in the high-end segment.

Huawei Mate 10 - 01/02/2018 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
74 / 75 → 99%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
67 / 60 → 100%
Weight
89%
Battery
97%
Display
91%
Games Performance
63 / 63 → 100%
Application Performance
71 / 70 → 100%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
74 / 91 → 81%
Camera
85%
Average
84%
91%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2018-01-10 (Update: 2018-01-12)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).