Interface and functionality

Skipping a few software version numbers, what we get here with the Mate 10 Pro is Huawei's Emotion UI 8.0 experience running on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. Visually, EMUI 8.0 is a drastic departure from the style and aesthetics of previous iterations. Customization is available in nearly every aspect of the interface. From the customizable floating navigation dock, to leveraging the fingerprint sensor to pull down the notifications panel, there's a ton to enhance the experience to your liking.

Huawei talks big about the phone's real-time on-device AI, which leverages the power of the Kirin 970 chipset to form a dedicated "NPU" (Neural Network Processing Unit). At first, we believed that most of this AI-driven experience would be something tangible, much like Samsung's Bixby, but they're more behind-the-scenes stuff. Essentially, this neural processing unit endows the Mate 10 Pro to possess a real-time vision engine, language understanding, effective power management, and much more!

Most of the features are nothing new, like its knuckle gestures and one-handed UI, but rather, they've been enhanced to some degree. Some of the new things we appreciate with EMUI 8.0 is PrivateSpace, which creates a second user account, but can only be accessed by a specific fingerprint. Therefore, if your left index finger is associated with your main account, you can create this "private" account and access it with your right index finger.

What's most compelling, though, has to be "Projection" mode! Similar in premise to Samsung's DeX, wherein the phone can be tethered to a monitor/display to offer a desktop-like experience. In addition, you can pair a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to complete the experience. But best of all, you don’t need a special dock for those! Instead, all you need is a USB Type-C to HDMI adapter – and nothing more! Our only minor complain about Projection is that the phone needs to remain on in order for it to work, so you can't turn off the display to preserve power.

Processor and performance

Introduced officially back during IFA 2017, Huawei's octa-core Kirin 970 chipset, which breaks down to 4 Cortex A73 cores running at 2.36 GHz and another 4 Cortex A53 cores at 1.8 GHz, the Mate 10 Pro surely runs smoothly as expected. Basic operation performance is on par to other high-caliber smartphones in its class, so we're pleased by the results here.

Our particular unit is paired with 6 GB of RAM, which is more than plenty to handle even the most processor-intensive operations. For gaming specifically, the Mate 10 Pro is more than capable in consistently delivering smooth frame rates with little lag. If you're passionate about gaming, you'll dig the kind of fluid responses it has to offer.

Our unit has the plentiful 128 GB of storage, while the model below it is equipped with 64 GB of storage (and 4GB of RAM). Sadly, there's no storage expansion here, so if you intend on shooting a ton of photos and 4K videos, it'd be a smart idea to go with the larger capacity of the two.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 175462
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 220618
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 175439
LG V30 174456
JetStream Higher is better
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 57.887
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 224.62
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 67.884
LG V30 55.338
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 59
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 59.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 39
LG V30 19
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 3286
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 4103
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 3422
LG V30 2690
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 1902
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 4243
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 1877
LG V30 1903
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 6684
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10330
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 6552
LG V30 6495



1. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

8.5? This is the only phone that has attracted me in this last quarter of 2017.

39. cheetah2k

Posts: 2228; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So having no expandable memory is not a Con for android phones now? Where are the bench mark graphs for performance and battery? Seems half assssed review... go back and do it again

42. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Like Pixel, One Plus, Xiaomi, Iphone not having expandable memory ?

47. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

For battery go to gsmarena, they're calculating the stand by time to and go figure, there the iphone is not the best reg. Battery life.

45. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That's too bad

48. dampv

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

1 cons and yet they gave 8.5 and that cons isnt even a deal breaker.. wtfff

2. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I’m planing to buy this phone but came to know mate 10 and mate 10 Pro overheating changed my mind sad.

6. S4NDY

Posts: 233; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Overheating? If you talk a "google bug" (the phone becomes warm and battery drain fast) it's fixed

14. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

This the bench mark comparison video between note 8 (Exyons), IPhone 8 Plus and mate 10 Pro see how mate 10 Pro throttle so fast and lag in 3D bench! PS. German reviewer just see the comparison

23. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

The video has been posted on October 18.

30. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Seriously that was early software they already sorted that in an update

3. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

So where's the battery life test??

19. notfair

Posts: 721; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

they can't share the results because probably they are over the roof putting to shame the competition...

24. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

It's a half baked review.

38. airoid

Posts: 126; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

You know it iphonearena if they post the battery results then it'll make iPhone look like toy comparing to mate 10's battery.

4. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

No battery test, no screen measurements, what happened?

7. sv1293

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

This is one lousy review!

40. cheetah2k

Posts: 2228; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Smoked too many cones and drunk too much pop.. the iPA crew are off their T1Ts

8. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

How can the review not contain battery test results...

9. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

One con = 8.5? iPhoneArena strikes again or am I missing something?

28. TheOracle1

Posts: 2221; Member since: May 04, 2015

They also missed several pros including dual-sim, AI capability, proper full-screen (aka no-notch), extremely fast fingerprint scanner and probably a few more I can't remember. The iPhone X has more cons but this is iPhonearena so I'm not surprised. Personally I'd get the regular Mate 10 for the 3.5mm jack, higher resolution screen, 16:9 ratio and smaller size.

35. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Not you Just PA- Missing consistency as always. Again PA reviews should not really be taken seriously until PA has a set standard in place that it adhered to regardless who the OEM is.

10. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

Its a review with no stats ... Maybe they found out its cheaper phone but in some cases beating thier GOD like brand "Apple". So, no comparison, no challenge to Apple. Apple is the best ...... Well played PhoneArena .

11. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Battery life must be amazing!!

12. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Battery life must be amazing!!

13. zizo90

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

This phone doesn't have only one speaker as you mentioned.

15. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Funniest comment...."metal meets glass design is tiresome"...but the 4 iPhone 6 designs wasn't boring? You slayed me. Next article on a nice Android phone will be "rectangular phones that Android manfacturers keep producing are boring. It's all been done before. Rectangles, right, who needs them."

21. trueheart99

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Ya.. .Fcck me right? Even though Huawei's Honor 8 started the glass back trend last year, but if it's not on a Samsung or Apple it's tiresome...

25. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

No, it was Samsung Galaxy S6 but you are right.

31. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

No. It was the Honor 6 and Huawei P7.

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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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