The Good The Huawei Mate 10 gives you performance and cameras compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Google’s Pixel XL 2, but a few hundred dollars less. It also has a headphone jack.
The Bad The phone’s battery doesn’t last as long as the Mate 10 Pro, even though it’s the same size. Huawei’s Android software may be smoother and the phone will not be officially released in the US or UK.
The Bottom Line The Huawei Mate 10 may be difficult for you, but you should make an effort if you want to have a large screen phone and don’t have the budget for a Galaxy Note, iPhone Plus or Pixel 2.
Huawei is difficult here. The Chinese company is responsible for many great phones, but they rarely get the proper credit. Whether it is or not Mate 10 the changes can’t be predicted, but Huawei has done its part: the Mate 10 is a great phone that is several hundred dollars cheaper than the competition from Samsung, Google and Apple – and even lowers the price of Huawei’s own superpower Mate 10 Pro .
The phone comes with Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, which offers a rush to what you get from the Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm premium chip. Its beautiful 5.9-inch screen pops up with a resolution of 2,560×1,440-pixels and a slim phone frame. Finally, these dual cameras take great photos (see More below).
It has its drawbacks, namely the imperfect Huawei EMUI software running on Android 8.0 Oreo. In addition, the camera, although impressive, is a bit shy Pixel 2 and new iPhone 8 range. But it’s much easier to forgive when you consider the price. The Mate 10 retails for $ 899 in Australia, which is about $ 685 in the US and £ 520.
Huawei’s Mate 10 is one fabulous phablet
It’s a bit cheaper than Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus (799, £ 799, $ 1,229), Google’s Pixel 2 XL ($ 850, $ 799, $ 1399) and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ($ 950, $ 1,469, $ 1,499). If the phone came to the US or the UK, it would probably be even cheaper since it is a conversion from the Australian price, and Australians almost always pay more.
But there is a real problem: Mate 10 is not officially available in the US or the UK at this time. His older brother, Mate 10 Pro, is getting a UK release and is rumours of it coming to AT&T in the US early next year , but Mate 10 has no such plans.
But still, if you use a premium phone but find out it’s too expensive, the Mate 10 is well worth it.
More your own phone than a clone
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Phones from Chinese companies often look too much like others , better known phones, most often iPhones. The Huawei Mate 10 does not have this problem. Its design is expressive, mainly because it is bold – it’s a wide phone, but it’s good. This makes the phone feel different, and its extra surface area makes it less light than other phones.
However, like many large screen phones, the Mate 10 can be a problem if your hands are smaller. Here, Huawei helps you with several different navigation options. There is a navigation dock, such as the iPhone Assistive Touch, which is a circle on the screen that performs a toggle to go back or go back to the homepage. Then it is possible to remove the virtual home button, backrests and browse from the screen and instead integrate them into a physical home button. I personally have not used these options, but they are nice to have.
A premium design would mean nothing if the materials were not equally luxurious. Huawei went the Apple route, came here Mate 10 with a glossy glass coating. Unlike Apple’s new iPhones, wireless charging does not exist.
An important physical difference that the Mate 10 has for the Mate 10 Pro is the fingerprint scanner. The Mate 10 Pro has a lighter bezel as the scanner is on the back, while Huawei clutches a tiny home button that doubles as a touch scanner under the Mate 10 screen.
The Mate 10 has one thing that the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t have: a headphone jack. This becomes standard for premium phones, with both Apple and Google dropping a good 35mm socket. Enjoy it while you can.
Double barrel shooter
Two-lens cameras found their way onto Apple and Samsung phones, but Huawei beat both to the punch: its first dual-camera phone was P9 released months before iPhone 7 last year. (LG technically beat them all to a dual camera with a second telephoto lens.)
As with the Mate 9 and P10 phones, dual cameras Mate 10 were developed in conjunction with the German company Leica high-end. On the back you will get a 12 and 20 megapixel combined lens, and a wide-angle 8MP selfie camera in the front. These cameras are astounding.
As with the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei says the AI Mate 10’s powers allow the phone to identify 13 different scenarios, including people, flowers, food, cats and dogs, and optimize the camera accordingly. An icon will appear informing you that the phone recognizes one of these categories, but does not see how much it really matters. Even so, the phone cameras are the highest.
The Google Pixel 2 XL Perhaps the best Android shooter out there, and the Mate 10 cameras are often in the same league. They are not very good – for example, Mate 10 photos sometimes look like a touch, especially in portrait photos – but the difference is barely significant.
Selfie cameras are rarely truly stunning, but I did manage to get some amazingly good shots on the Mate 10. The lot is not really due to the hardware, as you can get some action (the depth of field effect is usually reserved for dual cameras) thanks to Huawei software. Like most Android phones, there is also a jewelry mode aimed at softening your features. Not my cup of tea, but it’s there.
Taking the Huawei Mate 10 cameras for shootout
Big phone, big power
The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are basically the same on the inside. Like the Pro, the Mate 10 runs on the Kirin 970 Huawei processor. The 970 is loaded with a neural processor unit (NPU), which, according to the company, gives extra horsepower and helps with AI. How much this NPU makes the difference, as with the camera, is hard to say, but the Mate 10 is one of the fastest phones.
Our benchmarks put it alongside the Pixel 2 and Galaxy Note 8 in processing power. It was a bit behind the GPU benchmarks, but I never had any problems playing complex games like Need for Speed: No Limits or Asphalt 8 on my phone.
One of the problems I’ve had with Huawei phones before is the EMUI Android user interface. The software was often less premium than the hardware, some official Huawei themes look surprisingly amateurish. This is enhanced here: the new EMUI running on Android 8.0 Oreo looks smoother than before.
The Mate 10 has 4GB of RAM, which is less than the 6GB Pro, and although both phones run on a 4,000mAh battery, the Mate 10 doesn’t have the same endurance. Here’s perhaps the biggest weakness of the phone: it was a little less than 12 hours’ test than a battery test, much less than a stellar 17-hour Pro run. This is not a terrible result, but it is also not terrific.
Choosing a Mate 10 or Pro can be tricky. How important waterproofing is to you will be an important part of this solution, though you should also consider increasing the battery life of the latter. Some of us in CNET are divided: I would take an IP67-rated headphone jack, but others would rather pay for peace of mind.
You come out on top anyway, because both the Mate 10 and Pro are the winners.
Comparison table of Huawei Mate 10 specifications
|Huawei Mate 10||Huawei Mate 10 Pro||Samsung Galaxy Note 8||Google Pixel 2 XL|
|Display size, resolution||5.9-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels||6-inch; 2,160×1080 pixels||6.3-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels||6-inch; 2,880×1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||499ppi||402 ppi||522ppi||538 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.9×3.1×0.3 in||6.1x3x0.3 in||6.4×2.9×0.34 in||6.2×3.0x0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||151x78x8.2 mm||154x75x7.9 mm||162.5×74.8×8.6 mm||157.9×76.7×7.9 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.59 oz; 186 g||6.27 oz; 178 g||6.9 oz, 195 g||6.17 oz; 175 g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 8 Oreo|
|Camera||Dual cameras, 12-megapixel (colour), 20-megapixel (mono)||Dual cameras, 12-megapixel (colour), 20-megapixel (mono)||Dual 12-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Processor||Huawei Kirin 970 Octa-core||Huawei Kirin 970 Octa-core||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz+1.9GHz) or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 (2.35GHz+1.7GHz)||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Expandable storage||Yes||None||Up to 2TB||None|
|Fingerprint sensor||Beneath screen||Back of phone||Back cover||Back cover|
|Special features||Water resistant (IP67)||S Pen stylus, water-resistant, wireless charging||Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready|
|Price off-contract (USD)||Converts to $700||Converts to $860||AT&T: $950; Verizon: $960; T-Mobile: $930; Sprint: $960; U.S. Cellular: $963||$849 (64GB), $949 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£530||Converts to £700||£869||£799 (64GB), £899 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$899||AU$1,099||AU$1,499||AU$1,399 (64GB), AU$1,549 (128GB)|