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Huawei Nova 10 Pro review - High-end smartphone with 60 MP selfie camera

Flight canceled. The Huawei Nova 10 Pro has many features that characterize a good upper-class smartphone. An appealing camera setup, plenty of storage, fast 100-watt charging, and a 120 Hz OLED. However, it also suffers from well-known restrictions, which now have even bigger consequences.
Huawei Nova 10 Pro (Nova Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G 8 x 1.8 - 2.4 GHz, Kryo 670 (Cortex-A78/A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.78 inch 19.9:9, 2652 x 1200 pixel 429 PPI, Capacitive, 300 Hz Touch-Sampling-Rate, OLED, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 236.45 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, compass, proximity, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19 ), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.96 x 164.24 x 74.55 ( = 0.31 x 6.47 x 2.94 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (f/1.8, 27 mm) + 8 MPix (Ultra Wide/Macro, 110°, f/2.2) + 2 MPix (Portrait, f/2.4); Camera2-API-Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 60 MPix (f/2.4, 100°, Dual-AF) + 8 MPix (2x opt. Zoom, AF, f/2.2)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, 100W-Charger, USB-Cable (Type-A to Type-C), Clear-Cover, SIM-Tool, EMUI 12, 24 Months Warranty, Head-SAR: 0.95 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.25 W/kg; GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a), BeiDou (B1, B1C, B2a); DRM Widevine L1; HDR: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+, fanless
Weight
191 g ( = 6.74 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
730 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
12/2022
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
SD 778G 4G, Adreno 642L
191 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2652x1200
89.3 %
05/2022
Samsung Galaxy S22
Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920
167 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2340x1080
87 %
08/2022
OnePlus 10T
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
203.5 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2412x1080
87.4 %
10/2022
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
172 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080

Case and features - Huawei smartphone with a chic design

Despite its quite high weight, the Huawei Nova 10 Pro makes a slim impression in the hand. This is due to the rounded display edges on the long sides. Although the camera setup clearly protrudes from the casing and looks quite bulky, the smartphone is still well-balanced.

The matte back is insensitive to fingerprints and looks chic, but it does not feel as high-quality as we would expect from a smartphone in this price range. The build quality on the other hand is really good. The gaps are tight and even. Only the SIM slot's cover is slightly recessed in the frame and does not close flush. There is a rubber seal on the SIM slot, but the Nova 10 Pro does not have a designated IP certification.

In general, the Nova 10 Pro lacks a few premium features in terms of equipment. Besides the lack of IP certification, we would have liked to see wireless charging, a more modern USB standard, or at least an IR blaster.

Size comparision

164.24 mm / 6.47 inch 74.55 mm / 2.94 inch 7.96 mm / 0.3134 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs163 mm / 6.42 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 8.75 mm / 0.3445 inch 203.5 g0.4486 lbs158.48 mm / 6.24 inch 71.99 mm / 2.83 inch 7.45 mm / 0.2933 inch 172 g0.3792 lbs146 mm / 5.75 inch 70.6 mm / 2.78 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 167 g0.3682 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Communication, software and operation - Nova 10 Pro still with Android 11

Huawei's Nova 10 Pro does not use 5G, but it supports LTE with a broad frequency band coverage. The reception properties are good in metropolitan environments, but Nova's mobile data connection (download: 161 Mbit/s, upload: 17.3 Mbit/s) was slower than that of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion (LTE, download: 212 MBit/s, upload: 26.6 MBit/s). The telephony features can convince in the test. The user's voice is rendered very naturally and lighter interfering noises are suppressed reliably.

The connection to the WLAN succeeds in a Wi-Fi 6 network at best. The Huawei smartphone manages stable transfer rates with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000.

The Nova 10 Pro runs Huawei's EMUI 12 (Harmony OS 2.0), which is based on Android 11. The manufacturer restrained itself from distributing updates during the test period because the security patches are still up to July 1, 2022. It is not yet clear if and when the update to EMUI 13 (Android 12) will be available. Like all Huawei phones in the meantime, the Nova 10 Pro has to do without Google services. However, a DRM certification is available.

An optical fingerprint scanner integrated into the display is available for biometric security. It recognizes the stored limb very reliably and works quite quickly. Two-dimensional face recognition is also available.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
991 (499min - 1010max) MBit/s ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
933 (865min - 958max) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Wi-Fi 6E
844 (744min - 917max) MBit/s ∼85% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
823 (418min - 852max) MBit/s ∼83% -17%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
OnePlus 10T
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
934 (768min - 949max) MBit/s ∼100% +21%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Wi-Fi 6E
775 (699min - 873max) MBit/s ∼83% +1%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
770 (683min - 807max) MBit/s ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy S22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
763 (386min - 780max) MBit/s ∼82% -1%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Wi-Fi 6E
1670 (610min - 1889max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Wi-Fi 6E
800 (597min - 1400max) MBit/s ∼100%
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Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1669 (610-1889)
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø800 (597-1400)
Huawei Nova 10 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 642L; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø770 (683-807)
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø774 (699-873)
Huawei Nova 10 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 642L; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø975 (499-1010)
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø844 (744-917)

Camera - Nova 10 Pro with 60 MP for selfies

Selfie with the Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Selfie with the Huawei Nova 10 Pro

A highlight of the Huawei Nova 10 Pro is the dual front-facing camera that not only offers a high resolution but also has both lenses equipped with autofocus. The selfies have a natural color reproduction, many filters, and a comprehensive beauty mode. They can also convince in terms of details. Videos are recorded in Ultra HD with up to 30 FPS at best.

The triple camera on the back uses a 50-MP RYYB sensor. It is characterized by a homogeneous color reproduction and a high detail level. The dynamic range is quite high, but the details suffer. Huawei also adds a depth-of-field lens and an ultra-wide-angle lens. The latter can also be used as a macro lens.

Again, videos are recorded in Ultra HD with 30 FPS at best. At least the main camera could have recorded a few more frames per second.

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.

Main cameraMain cameraUltra wide-angle5x ZoomLow-Light
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ColorChecker
5.9 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
11 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Nova 10 Pro: 6.97 ∆E min: 3.96 - max: 10.99 ∆E
ColorChecker
15.5 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
22 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
13 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
25.2 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
24 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Nova 10 Pro: 16.78 ∆E min: 9.67 - max: 25.22 ∆E

Display - Bright 120 Hz OLED in Huawei Nova 10 Pro

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The 6.78-inch OLED screen of Huawei's Nova 10 Pro uses an unusual resolution, but it provides a high pixel density when it is enabled in the settings. The refresh rate can reach 120 Hz. This is either controlled automatically by the system or can be set to 60 or 120 Hz by the user.

The panel shines with up to 811 cd/m² in a pure white display and activated ambient light sensor. With an even distribution of dark and bright areas (APL18), it reaches a maximum peak luminance of 869 cd/m². Those who prefer to adjust the brightness manually have up to 571 cd/m² at their disposal.

We can measure flickering between 460 and 532 Hz below 44% of the adjustable luminance with the oscilloscope. Above this mark, flickering can only be detected at the level of the frame rate of 120 Hz.

799
cd/m²
804
cd/m²
812
cd/m²
790
cd/m²
798
cd/m²
807
cd/m²
797
cd/m²
802
cd/m²
811
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 812 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 802.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 798 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
OLED, 2652x1200, 6.78
Samsung Galaxy S22
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.10
OnePlus 10T
Fluid AMOLED, 2412x1080, 6.70
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
pOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Response Times
-255%
-23%
18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.08 ?(0.56, 0.524)
8.486 ?(4.243, 4.243)
-686%
1.3 ?(0.7, 0.6)
-20%
1.19 ?(0.5605, 0.627)
-10%
Response Time Black / White *
1.02 ?(0.498, 0.518)
1.275 ?(0.644, 0.631)
-25%
1.2 ?(0.6, 0.6)
-18%
0.79 ?(0.4065, 0.3825)
23%
PWM Frequency
532
239.8
-55%
360.8
-32%
753
42%
Screen
-15%
-36%
1%
Brightness middle
798
853
7%
861
8%
954
20%
Brightness
802
858
7%
856
7%
961
20%
Brightness Distribution
97
96
-1%
97
0%
98
1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.1
1.9
-73%
2.27
-106%
1.5
-36%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.7
3.2
-19%
4.17
-54%
2.5
7%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.7
1.9
-12%
2.9
-71%
1.8
-6%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.07 106%
2.303 96%
2.24 98%
CCT
6374 102%
6460 101%
6141 106%
6254 104%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-135% / -95%
-30% / -32%
10% / 7%

* ... smaller is better

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
1.02 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.498 ms rise
↘ 0.518 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 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.08 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.56 ms rise
↘ 0.524 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 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

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 532 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 532 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 532 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19480 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % Display brightness
25 %
50 % Display brightness
50 %
75 % Display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Color mode: Normal, Color temperature: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Colors (Color mode: Normal, Color temperature: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life - No speed frenzy

The Huawei Nova 10 Pro works with a Snapdragon 778G 4G which is nominally identical to the 778G 5G but without the 5G functionality. The SoC has 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM at its disposal, while the integrated Adreno 642L is responsible for the graphics calculations.

The UFS 3.1 memory is fast, but it is apparently slowed down by the SoC and sometimes remains significantly below the standard's capabilities. However, this will not be noticeable in everyday use.

The Nova 10 Pro is on the expected level in the benchmarks and delivers a good everyday performance. Most games should be playable smoothly without major losses in the detail level.

The two speakers deliver a decent sound, but they are a bit thin and lack power at higher volumes. Headphones or external speakers can be connected via the USB-C port. Bluetooth 5.2 is available wirelessly, but it does not support Qualcomm's aptX codecs.

The 4,500 mAh battery enables good battery runtimes for Huawei's Nova 10 Pro. It can be fully recharged in just under half an hour with the included 100-watt power adapter.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1277 Points ∼100% +62%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1158 Points ∼91% +47%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1145 Points ∼90% +46%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
786 Points ∼62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
786 Points ∼62% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=264, last 2 years)
759 Points ∼59% -3%
Multi-Core
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
3987 Points ∼100% +32%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3544 Points ∼89% +18%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
3474 Points ∼87% +15%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
3016 Points ∼76%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
3016 Points ∼76% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=264, last 2 years)
2445 Points ∼61% -19%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
15944 Points ∼100% +44%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
14068 Points ∼88% +27%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
12136 Points ∼76% +10%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
11073 Points ∼69%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
11073 Points ∼69% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=222, last 2 years)
10342 Points ∼65% -7%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
10906 Points ∼100% +65%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
10206 Points ∼94% +54%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6623 Points ∼61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
6623 Points ∼61% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 18846, n=196, last 2 years)
5772 Points ∼53% -13%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1067 Points ∼10% -84%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
27685 Points ∼100% +264%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
17842 Points ∼64% +134%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
15730 Points ∼57% +107%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 36343, n=195, last 2 years)
8728 Points ∼32% +15%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
7609 Points ∼27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
7609 Points ∼27% 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5260 Points ∼100% +15%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4557 Points ∼87%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
4557 Points ∼87% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
4086 Points ∼78% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 7019, n=194, last 2 years)
3437 Points ∼65% -25%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
3341 Points ∼64% -27%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5002 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
5002 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 7890, n=150, last 2 years)
2273 Points ∼45% -55%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5197 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
5197 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 9814, n=150, last 2 years)
2254 Points ∼43% -57%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
0 Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4422 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
4422 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 4679, n=150, last 2 years)
2824 Points ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
0 Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
9255 Points ∼100% +74%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
8677 Points ∼94% +63%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
8268 Points ∼89% +55%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5334 Points ∼58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
5334 Points ∼58% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 16067, n=227, last 2 years)
4613 Points ∼50% -14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
19768 Points ∼100% +252%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
11893 Points ∼60% +112%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
10930 Points ∼55% +95%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 25350, n=226, last 2 years)
6139 Points ∼31% +9%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5608 Points ∼28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
5608 Points ∼28% 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5040 Points ∼100% +11%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4555 Points ∼90%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
4555 Points ∼90% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
4000 Points ∼79% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 7042, n=226, last 2 years)
3400 Points ∼67% -25%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
3224 Points ∼64% -29%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
66 fps ∼100% +154%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
60 fps ∼91% +131%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
57 fps ∼86% +119%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 113, n=260, last 2 years)
34 fps ∼52% +31%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
26 fps ∼39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
26 fps ∼39% 0%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
123 fps ∼100% +224%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
67 fps ∼54% +76%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
65 fps ∼53% +71%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 142, n=261, last 2 years)
42.1 fps ∼34% +11%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
38 fps ∼31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
38 fps ∼31% 0%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
59 fps ∼100% +269%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
51 fps ∼86% +219%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
36 fps ∼61% +125%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.8 - 86, n=261, last 2 years)
24 fps ∼41% +50%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
16 fps ∼27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
16 fps ∼27% 0%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
44 fps ∼100% +214%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
29 fps ∼66% +107%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
24 fps ∼55% +71%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 56, n=261, last 2 years)
16.1 fps ∼37% +15%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
14 fps ∼32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
14 fps ∼32% 0%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
20 fps ∼100% +223%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
11 fps ∼55% +77%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.4 - 25, n=84, last 2 years)
9.57 fps ∼48% +54%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6.2 fps ∼31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
6.2 fps ∼31% 0%
Octane V2 - Total Score
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
39982 Points ∼100% +88%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
38992 Points ∼98% +84%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
37446 Points ∼94% +76%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3905 - 74261, n=197, last 2 years)
27455 Points ∼69% +29%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G, Adreno 642L, 8192
21233 Points ∼53%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G
 
21233 Points ∼53% 0%
Huawei Nova 10 ProSamsung Galaxy S22OnePlus 10TMotorola Edge 30 FusionAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
20%
2%
20%
34%
-17%
Sequential Read 256KB
1013.91
1486
47%
1568.37
55%
1870.18
84%
1777 ?(1014 - 2037, n=68)
75%
1040 ?(90.5 - 3557, n=256, last 2 years)
3%
Sequential Write 256KB
846.82
993
17%
847.69
0%
689.24
-19%
1070 ?(452 - 1833, n=68)
26%
611 ?(11.9 - 2723, n=256, last 2 years)
-28%
Random Read 4KB
218.19
273
25%
173.45
-21%
248.86
14%
277 ?(173.5 - 543, n=68)
27%
190.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=256, last 2 years)
-13%
Random Write 4KB
280.18
257.6
-8%
211.24
-25%
276.74
-1%
300 ?(197.5 - 490, n=69)
7%
194.5 ?(13 - 552, n=257, last 2 years)
-31%

Temperature

Max. Load
 34.4 °C
94 F
34.5 °C
94 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
34.2 °C
94 F
31.7 °C
89 F
 
 34.3 °C
94 F
34.2 °C
94 F
31.6 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Average: 33.7 °C = 93 F
29.9 °C
86 F
31.9 °C
89 F
33.5 °C
92 F
29.6 °C
85 F
32 °C
90 F
34 °C
93 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.3 °C
87 F
33.5 °C
92 F
Maximum: 34 °C = 93 F
Average: 31.6 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  27.5 °C = 82 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.7 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.1 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.636.42535.226.93132.628.8402922.35037.435.76330.625.78029.31910026.730.312524.339.316022.549.920018.850.925016.2523151253.84009.957.250011.765.363010.364.180011.964.510001267.1125012.168.616001268.1200012.175.7250012.775315012.776.2400012.973.6500013.369630013.269.1800013.667.41000013.666.81250013.366.71600012.763.6SPL25.183.8N0.754.1median 12.7median 66.7Delta2735.634.535.231.532.628.92930.137.434.430.630.529.333.226.733.824.34122.550.918.853.416.256.81263.49.963.111.772.610.377.211.975.31276.612.176.41274.812.177.912.777.312.780.412.979.313.377.813.27613.672.913.670.113.371.612.763.925.188.90.779median 12.7median 72.928.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Nova 10 ProMotorola Edge 30 Fusion
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei Nova 10 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=263, last 2 years)
883 min ∼33% +31%
OnePlus 10T
4800 mAh
856 min ∼32% +27%
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
4400 mAh
686 min ∼26% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S22
3700 mAh
675 min ∼26% 0%
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
4500 mAh
674 min ∼26%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Huawei Browser 11.1)
11h 14min

Pros

+ bright and accurate 120 Hz display
+ good main and selfie camera
+ fast charging with 100 watts

Cons

- no IP certification
- no 5G
- no Wi-Fi 6E
- no Google services
- old software

Verdict - An expensive niche smartphone

In review: Huawei Nova 10 Pro. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei Nova 10 Pro. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.

Technically, Huawei delivers a good smartphone with the Nova 10 Pro, which also impresses with its appealing looks. A good camera is also found on both sides, fast charging is on board, and the display also delivers good results in the test.

The Huawei Nova 10 Pro gets in its own way with its ambitious price

However, there are a few bucks to swallow for an MSRP beyond 700 Euros. The Snapdragon 778G is not quite up to date anymore and does not support 5G. The EMUI does not seem to be maintained very enthusiastically, either. Version 12 still works with Android 11 and the last security patches were released a while ago. Not to mention the missing Google services.

Therefore, it is probably not that surprising that Huawei backs out and takes the Nova 10 Pro off the market again. The information is still available on Huawei's website but it is no longer available for purchase there. Strong alternatives are the Galaxy S22 or the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion.

Price and availability

Even though the Huawei Nova 10 Pro is officially no longer sold on the German market, the remaining items are still available at Galaxus and Alza.de are still available. The smaller sister model Nova 10 is also still sold via Amazon.

Huawei Nova 10 Pro - 12/02/2022 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
51 / 70 → 73%
Weight
89%
Battery
89%
Display
93%
Games Performance
57 / 64 → 89%
Application Performance
81 / 86 → 95%
Temperature
92%
Noise
Audio
82 / 90 → 91%
Camera
71%
Average
79%
86%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2022-12- 3 (Update: 2022-12- 3)