- Analysis by KJ David
While this Pro version of the Huawei Mate 10 is a more-auspicious smartphone when it comes to overall specs, it has its fair share of cons, preventing it from being a spotless premium-class phablet.
Having said that, it shares most of the plain Mate 10's flagship DNA, with pros like the Kirin 970 chip, Huawei's first AI processor , on board. The forenamed engine consists of two quad-core processing clusters running at 2.36GHz and 1.8GHz accordingly, an i7 co-processor, and a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) , which is where the AI action kicks in. Joining it under the hood is a premium-caliber Mali-G72 12-core graphics processor and 6GB's worth of RAM , the latter a step up over its slightly-smaller sibling's 4GB capacity, although it is also offered in a 4GB-only variant.
Apart from challenging the fastest smartphones of 2017 with its high-ranking hardware components, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro also sounds like a solid contender on the imaging front, re-introducing the brand's signature Leica Dual Cameras, this time in the form of a 20-megapixel monochrome camera and a 12-megapixel RGB cam . Decorating its dual cameras are an Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video capture option , 2x Hybrid Zoom , and a mix of phase-detection, laser, contrast, and depth autofocus . When it comes to selfies, though, this Pro version follows its base model down the disappointing route, settling for an 8-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera , instead of competing with some of its rivals' 13-megapixel (and higher) selfie cams.
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Jumping onto its screen, this Pro version's 6-inch interface awkwardly has a lower pixel resolution (2160 x 1080) than the Mate 10's 5.9-inch facade (2560 x 1440) . It also scores a lower pixel density mark of only 402ppi , compared to the original's 499ppi. At the end of the day, however, it still packs the Huawei FullView OLED architecture in conjunction with the HDR10 technology . It also helps that the Mate 10 Pro adds water- and dust-proofing through an IP67 rugged certification to the mix. Greeting users together with its screen is the Android 8.0 Oreo platform overlaid with EMUI 8.0, which enables nifty-sounding functions like Pocket PC , which lets the phone double as a CPU for a compatible keyboard and monitor, among other peripherals.
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Even though the Mate 10 Pro does not come with any improvement in battery capacity , still opting for a 4000mAh cell, Huawei's SuperCharge charging system, which promises up to 24 more hours of standard use on a 20-minute charge , makes it sound reassuring power-wise. Similarly, its 128GB built-in storage memory hits just the right mark for a 2017-released high-end Android, though it's lack of a microSD card slot could be a turn-off for some multimedia junkies. Holding its pros and cons in place is a 3D glass body coated in either Midnight Blue, Titanium Grey, and Mocha Brown.
Looking back, the Mate 10 Pro, given its pros and cons, may lack a premium punch on the selfie and display aspects, but its AI processor and double-rear-camera system likely still pique the interest of flagship smartphone shoppers.
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