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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review

Back before everyone decided to jump the dual-camera system bandwagon, Huawei was one of the earlier adopters, so you have to believe that they’ve been perfecting the craft since last year's model. With the Mate 10 Pro, they partnered with Leica yet again, as it receives iterative hardware improvements.

Similar to the P10 and its camera configuration, the Mate 10 Pro features a 12 MP color sensor and a 20 MP monochrome one – with only the color sensor employing optical stabilization. Equally impressive is that the camera has an aperture of f/1.6, which should in theory offer better light sensitivity and subsequently, better low light performance. Complementing the arsenal is its classic four-in-one hybrid focus, which combines laser focusing, phase detection, depth focus, and contrast focus to achieve the swiftest result! Around the front, it's slapped with an 8MP camera.

As for the camera interface, it doesn't deviate much from the norm. The usual array of modes and feature persist here, like its manual controls, slow-motion, and panoramic mode. And just like the P10 before it, there are specific "portrait" and "wide-aperture" modes that help to blur out background to put the accent on the subject. We'll say that it does a pretty good job with both, but better yet, it's also available with the front-facing camera.

Camera interface - Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
Camera interface - Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
Camera interface - Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
Camera interface - Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review

Enthusiasts will be pleased by the wealth of options here, but that neural processing unit is being showcased here by the phone's ability to perform real-time scene and object recognition. Offering a total of 13 modes it can recognize, the phone is able to determine what you're capturing and apply the specific adjustments, like color saturation and sharpness to best make the photos pop. While we appreciate this gesture, it would've been nice to turn off this feature so that we can make custom adjustments later on.

So, how does it fair? Seriously, this rivals some of the greats in the space right now with its still-shot photography – offering a balanced performance throughout all sorts of conditions. When there's ample lighting in the scene, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro captures amazing-looking photos complete with sharp detail, rich colors, and a decent handling of dynamic range. Macro shots in particular are impressive! Under low light, the rear camera manages to handle the situation with enough favorable qualities – while staving off some of the noise and graininess that usually plague other phones.

Using the wide-aperture and portrait modes, too, will enhance the look and level of your snapshots. For the most past, the camera does a phenomenal job of determining the subject – allowing for the background to be blown out for that "pro" look. The only time the camera seems to underperform is using the wide-aperture and portrait modes under low light. There's just too much of a softening effect applied to the image, resulting in the loss of details. And the same thing can be said about the front-facing camera's performance, but it manages to do better under ideal conditions.


Shooting video, it's best to stick with the highest resolution capture – so that's 4K 3840 x 2160. That's because you'll get the best results there, as details are rich, the focus is spiffy, and there's not a whole lot of artifacting when moving around. What's strange, however, are the poor results with 1080p capture. Details are softened too much, making them unappealing. While it's nice that stabilization can be enabled with 1080p capture, we really wish there was a bit more sharpness and detail in the video. Under low light at 4K or 1080p, it struggles with its choppier capture and smeary looks.

Overall, the Mate 10 Pro is a stunning performer when it comes to still shots. The dual-camera system delivers sharp-looking photos with the help of its scene recognition system. For video, it'll suffice just as long as you stick with 4K capture.

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With that gigantic 18:9 OLED display, the Mate 10 Pro is clearly adept in providing that visual feast to your eyes when it comes to watching videos. On top of it all, it supports the HDR10 standard for high dynamics range content.

Using the included USB-C headphones, which closely resemble Apple's Earpods, there's no shortage of solid tunes coming out of them. We're thankful that an adapter is included for those wishing to stick with their own pair of headphones, but it's yet again another thing you'll need to keep track of.

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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display6.0 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels (402 ppi) OLED
Camera12 megapixels
Hardware
HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
6 GB RAM
Size6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches
(154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm)
6.28 oz  (178 g)

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