• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • System on Chip: Kirin 970
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable with microSD
  • Display: 5.9-inch 1440 x 2560 IPS
  • Camera: 12+20MP (dual-rear), 8MP (front)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP + LE + aptX, 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Dimensions: 150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 186g
  • Pros:
  • Pseudo PC feature
  • Excellent screen
  • Cons:
  • Can feel bulky
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 174,326 points
  • PCMark for Android: 7,011 points
  • 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 955 points

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Having firmly established its brand presence and fixed range of products, the next natural step for Huawei was to improve on their smartphones. In comes the Huawei Mate 10, which not only has superior specs than its predecessor but also some handy tricks up its sleeve.

As a phablet, the Huawei Mate 10 is a relatively large device with a screen measuring about 5.9 inches diagonally. Layout has slightly changed from the Mate 9’s, with the Huawei logo moved to the back, while the finger print sensor replaces its spot and also doubles as the Home button. There’s also two speakers now, one is placed at the top near the front camera and another at the bottom. Besides that, the device also has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, SIM tray, and dual rear cameras.

In this model, Huawei uses the upgraded EMUI 8.0 interface, which now allows you to make your apps all appear in an app drawer, instead being dumped on your screen. There’s also a few interesting features like the App Twin, which allows you to have two instances of supported apps (usually chat or social media apps). Also, by using a HDMI-to-USB-C cable to connect the device to a display, you can turn the device into an Android PC of sorts – operable via mouse and keyboard! You don’t need an expensive dock, which is great, but the cable is not pre-included so you have to purchase one separately. Also, certain apps won’t run in this mode and it’s not really going to replace your PC.

Overall, the Mate 10 proves to be quite energy efficient, more so than its predecessor, likely thanks to its new 10-nm Kirin 970 chip. It can last up to 10 hours of video playback and even more than a day if you’re just using it normally. This is on top of delivering greater performance, both on the CPU and GPU, compared to the Kirin 965.

Those who enjoy mobile games or watching videos will love that the 1440p screen here supports HDR10. It’s sharp, got fantastic colour accuracy and high brightness levels. The speakers are decent and can be quite loud, but as expected it doesn’t wow us in the quality department.
Camera performance on the Mate 10 isn’t visibly better than before, but that’s because it’s already very good. Photos taken are sharp and have great dynamic range, despite not using the HDR mode.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The new features – AI chip and Projection – certainly help make this smartphone standout, more so considering that its camera, battery life, and overall performance are all good.

(previously published in issue January 2018)Huawei Mate 10 600x500