Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate 10 Pro: what are the differences?


If you could have any phone in the world, regardless of price and availability, which one would it be? Chances are a Huawei handset wouldn't be at the top of the average consumer's wishlist, despite the fact that the Chinese company makes solid high-end smartphones that sell by the millions. Need an example? Well, the newly announced Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro should do. Simply put, these two are phones built for smartphone enthusiasts and power users. They're fast and powerful, they're packed with long-lasting batteries and promising cameras, they're... very similar, but not quite identical to one another. In the paragraphs below, we'll go over what sets these two high-ends apart.

Design and display


As far as size goes, there's no denying that the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are in the same category. The glass back design, the signature stripe, the camera layout only add to the list of visual traits the two have in common. But only the 6-inch Mate 10 Pro is built around the increasingly popular 18:9 display ratio, while the 5.9-inch Mate 10 sticks to a classic, 16:9 proportions. In simpler terms, this means that the Mate 10 Pro has a display that's taller, yet narrower – one that could potentially fit better in the hand and fit more of your Twitter feed on a single screen, but would show most YouTube videos with black bars on the sides. 

Huawei Mate 10

Huawei Mate 10

Dimensions

5.93 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches

150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2 mm

Weight

6.56 oz (186 g)

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches

154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)

Huawei Mate 10

Huawei Mate 10

Dimensions

5.93 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches

150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2 mm

Weight

6.56 oz (186 g)

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches

154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


One more display feature you should have in mind – resolution. A puzzling choice indeed, the Mate 10 packs more pixels per inch on its 5.9-inch screen, meaning that visuals on the 6-inch Mate 10 Pro might not be as sharp. On the other hand, the Mate 10 Pro features an OLED display, which should deliver images with greater contrast compared to the Mate 10 and its LCD display. 

For the first time on a Huawei smartphone, water and dust resistance is present on the Mate 10 Pro. The Mate 10 doesn't have a water-resistant build, but at least it retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, while the Mate 10 Pro drops it in favor of USB-C audio output. 

Presumably to fit a taller screen in its body, Huawei has moved the Mate 10 Pro's fingerprint scanner to the back of the device. On the Mate 10 that is placed below the screen. We think it is a safe bet to say that both fingerprint readers will support certain navigation gestures, as those on other recent Huawei phones do.

Memory and storage options



Both phones are powered by the same Kirin 970 SoC – a powerful piece of silicon featuring a so-called neural processing unit. The latter's purpose is to ensure the appropriate speed, responsiveness and efficiency of the device, both on a day-to-day basis and throughout its lifetime. 

When it comes to memory and storage, the Huawei Mate 10 comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a microSD card expansion slot. The Mate 10 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is probably why there's no microSD card slot present. 

Price and availability


What we know at this point in time is that both phones will be available throughout Europe. The Huawei Mate 10 will launch this month priced at 699 euro, while the Mate 10 Pro will land in early November for 799 euro. Pricing for the United States hasn't been announced yet, but we do know that only the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is set to launch in the US.

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Mate 10
  • Display 5.9" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(25h 3G talk time)
Mate 10 Pro
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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34 Comments

1. Beijendorf unregistered

I'd have expected the Pro-version to at least include Bluetooth 5 and wireless charging. I'm rather disappointed they skipped that future-proofing.

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

it's rare chinese phones have wireless charging/water resistance. huawei seems to be first to have IP67 AND HAVE THE BALLS CHARGE $800 for their phones. they must be delusional thinking they are samsung or apple. they can barely compete with LG in the camera department.

11. Beijendorf unregistered

Uh, have you seen the camera reviews for the Huawei cameras? They're definitely on the top of the camera game, outperforming pretty much every single competitor. The camera performance is one of the main selling points of their phones. For a brand new phablet like this, with the specifications it brought, 800 euros for the base Pro model isn't outlandish. I was just a bit disappointed it didn't include ALL the bells and whistles we've gotten used to, such as BT5 and Qi.

13. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

14. Beijendorf unregistered

You had to go to a Gizmodo review of a 2 year old Huawei phone to find a bad review of the camera? Did you check the Mate 9, P10 or their P10 Plus camera reviews? I advice you do. They've certainly stepped up their game since their first Leica-branded product.

34. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It doesn't matter. Their reputation is shot. I wouldn't trust a big photographer's name on any smartphone again, especially on huawei. A reason to opt for the cheaper non-leica Honor models instead. They're as good or bad as the supposedly superior Huawei's.

15. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

it's not delusional for them to think they are up there with Samsung & Apple when they surpassed Apple in sales in September

30. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yeah they did, with an average ASP of $200 USD and receding margins as a result. Whoopty doo...

32. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

Can't really compare just numbers sold because Chinese brand phones sell alot of low-mid range phones. If you compare revenue generated from phone sales in China alone, Apple probably equal to all the Chinese manufacturers combined. But with that said, Huawei is on the right track and the Mate 10 looks like an excellent phone but the timing is bad. They should have released it a month ago. Competing with the Note 8 it will have no problem but competing with Iphone X is a completely different story even in its home country.

2. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

The kirin 970 is disappointing :(

3. royaldragonss

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Lmao. It's a perfectly capable chipset. What did you except?

7. corsairgr

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 08, 2017

how come is that?

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

how is it disappointing? we know they don't put much GPU power into their devices but this is definitely more than enough to provide a reasonable experience in GPU based tasks. Furthermore this is the first chip in an Android device with 4kp60 actually working. (They say the E8895 could do it but it hasn't actually been done which is a shame as I have an S8+). They deserve credit for something meaningful like this, it's much more impressive than a device being the first to have gigabit 4g that no one can actually use etc.

31. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

anything not Korean is disappointing for the majority of the folks here

4. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

LMAO $800 for an HUAWEI plus version? NICE TRY. there is zero reason to get this over iphone 8/iphone x/note 8/pixel xl.

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Battery life and camera quality have yet to be determined, for a lot of people those two aspects alone could decide rather or not the Mate 10 is worth getting over the aforementioned devices.

29. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

From what I have seen in the camera comparison videos on Youtube. The camera is better than the iPhone 8 and LG V30.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't understand the logic removing the headphone jack for waterproofing purpose while the audio is routed through the USBc port, which is also always open.

12. Beijendorf unregistered

For the same reason it's easier to build a deep-sea submersible with just one convex front window instead of front and side windows. Or an airplane with just one small round window instead of a large square window. The fewer points of potential failure, the better.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's no excuse, since phones with water resistance ratings have been doing well under water, all while still featuring a 3.5mm port.

27. Beijendorf unregistered

Huawei are not Samsung. Just because one company can do something doesn't mean everyone can. To add to that, Samsung score very low on repairability due to their design choices and have had several of their phones fail on their waterproofing. Having the 3.5 mm jack is just one more thing that can fail to keep watertight. Especially with the amount of torsion forces and general wear it's subjected to. So sure, you CAN have a 3.5 mm port, but it does have a whole heaps of drawbacks to it. Personally I'd rather just not have that headache.

28. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Sony has been doing it since the first Z... so it is just a lazy excess.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To save money and hop on the Apple train. The standard mate 10 has the headphone jack though.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Really? The standard Mate 10 has a headphone jack, buy the supposedly "Pro" version doesn't? It's the first time I see a "Pro" version have less features than a standard version... Hilarious.

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR, makes zero sense, i'm pretty sure Huawei doesn't know what pro is suppose to mean for a smartphone. The standard 10 just doesn't have the same level of water proofing as the pro.

25. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

8. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Regular Mate 10 is up there with 2017 flagships. The Pro version does not live up to a Pro status. I'd take the regular Mate 10 any day over the 10 Pro. The Pro is really a questionable decision, design wise.

9. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The mate 10 vs the mate 10 pro is a perfect example of why the new aspect ratio is better. The pro looks light years better not only in looks but also in handling and ergonomics. Imagine if Samsung and Apple went 16:9 and LG was the only that went 18:9. I would have went LG V30 or LG G6 without hesitation. Take it in new aspect ratio haters. Tell me you would take the normal mate 10 over the pro.

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

It's the same people who was freaked-out over big screen, AMOLED's burn-in and 'useless' multicore CPU.

23. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I was going to take the normal Mate 10 over the pro, i hate 18:9 and wanted the 16:9 which has more screen real estate and is higher resolution. But seeing as they decided not to release the non pro in the UK i won't buy it and my money will go elsewhere. Tbh i'm pretty pi$$ed with Huawei at the mo, i hate it when manufacturers pull regional bull$hit.

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