Huawei Mate 10 Pro rumor review: design, specs, price, and everything else we know so far
After releasing its P10 and P10 Plus flagships in the early months of this year, Chinese phone maker Huawei is preparing to end 2017 with a bang. In case you haven't heard, this "bang" will come in the form of Huawei's Mate 10 series.
So, what makes the Mate lineup special? Well, the "go big or go home" philosophy that the company adopts when designing and manufacturing these phones. The presently available Mate 9 can be seen as a perfect example of this approach - the large phablet packs a 5.9-inch screen, powerful hardware, a Leica-branded dual main camera, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery, all encompassed in a sleek metal frame.
Will Huawei manage to outdo itself and produce its finest handsets to date? Currently, no one knows, but there's a good amount of official info, teasers, and saucy rumors that suggest just that. As such, let's summarize everything we know about the Mate 10 series and see if it has the potential to be the new jewel in Huawei's mobile crown.
Figuring out which is which
Huawei will be jumping on the all-screen bandwagon with the Mate 10 Pro, similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and the Essential Phone. This was initially confirmed by Huawei CEO Richard Yu, who said that the phone will employ a "full-screen" display. It's also worth noting that the company filed for a trademark on "EntireView", which could end up as the official name for the panel.
Okay, let's get to the juicy part. The Mate 10 has been confirmed to be the first phone to feature Huawei's in-house Kirin 970 chip that will be built on a 10nm process. For comparison, the Kirin 960 found on the Huawei P10 uses a 16nm manufacturing technology.
The Snapdragon 835 which powers flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and OnePlus 5 is also produced on a 10nm process, although Qualcomm platforms have a tendency to outperform their Kirin counterparts. Still, the performance and energy efficiency of the 970 should be superior to anything we've seen on a Huawei phone to date.
As for the exact specs, here's what you can expect:
- 8-core (4x Cortex A73 and 4x Cortex A53) configuration
- Clock speed of up to 2.8 GHz
- 64-bit architecture
- 12-core GPU
- LPDDR4 RAM at 1866mHz
- Dual SIM LTE
The Mate 10 Pro is said to be launched in four configurations: 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/128GB storage, 6GB RAM/256GB storage, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage.
Considering the estimated release date (that we've covered below), we are hopeful that the Mate 10 will ship with Android O out of the box. Aside from that, it will most definitely come with a newer version of Huawei's own EMUI software. It's a relatively feature-rich interface that will suit power users, though it can definitely be an overwhelming one for the majority of regular consumers.
The Mate 9's Leica-branded dual-camera composition is adequate, but it didn't exactly impress us as much as the one on the P10. Huawei has vowed that the Mate 10 will take great photos and will be able to compete with Samsung and Apple's finest handsets, so we're really excited to put it to the test.
As mentioned in the intro, the Huawei Mate 9 packs a sizeable 4,000 mAh battery that managed to clock in at the impressive 12 hours and 14 minutes in our custom battery benchmark.