Huawei Mate 10 Review: A Step-Up in Handheld Devices
Smartphones have reached its focal point in terms of innovation, people are starting to notice the limit of handheld devices which is why brands are now investing in other features so that they can still cope up with the latest tech trends. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Prohave huge improvements from last year’s Mate 9 by having a processor with Artificial Intelligence. At first I thought it was just a gimmick and purely for marketing but to my surprise, it marked on the next huge step in smartphone technology.
The Huawei Mate 10 is a very premium device judging by its design and build, full metal unibody with glass construction makes it attractive even at just first glance. Although the screen has a 18:9 screen aspect ratio, it does feel wider than most phones out there. You need to stretch out your finger to text in one hand but it does feel better if you use both hands.
On the right side you can see its volume rockers and power button, on the left is the sim and micro sd card tray.
Meanwhile at the bottom is where you can locate its USB Type-C port for charging/ data transfer and speaker grill. They put the 3.5mm audio jack at the top instead which is a good thing for me since I prefer it while watching videos horizontally.
Things get a little confusing in terms of screen display, the Mate 10 Pro houses a an FHD+ OLED screen while the non-pro gets a higher 2K resolution but with an IPS LCD panel instead. The good thing about this is that both device has HDR10 certification which is a must for those who loves to binge watch on their phones.
The screen bezels gets the most part of the front panel leaving a small space for the finger print reader and earpiece.
OLED panels are known for vibrant color output which the Huawei Mate 10 lacks. Although the quality is acceptable, you can still notice the difference if you put it side-by-side with other OLED devices.
One of the main features of the Huawei Mate 10 is its processor, the new Kirin 970 octa-core processor has a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) which makes the Mate 10 powerful and more efficient at the same time. Although there are still only a few applications that would take advantage of such technology, Huawei assured that their latest flagship is future-proof and can adapt to any changes in mobile apps. Other capabilities of the Kirin 970 are the following: better battery management by intelligently closing of inactive apps in the background, language translator and the rear camera can distinguish the subject and will automatically adjust settings for better output.
Gaming on the Mate 10 is as what we expected, it runs high-demanding games in buttery smooth without lags or even frame-skips. Although its GPU is less powerful than the Adreno 540, we’re hoping that upcoming updates can help in terms of graphic performance.
Along with the new CPU, it also sports 4GB of RAM, 64GB of Internal storage, Android Oreo 8.0 from out of the box and a huge 4,000 mAh battery. These are great combination of performance and battery life and as for my daily usage I averaged about 9 hours with constant use of social media apps, a little bit of gaming and LTE is usually ON so I would say that the battery life of the Mate 10 is good.
I also consider the audio quality of the Mate 10 as one of the best. It trumps my Note8 in terms of music playback all-day. The bass is full and the loudness blends with it so output is not distorted and forced even when the volume is turned up to its maximum.
The Huawei Mate 10 sports the latest generation of Leica cameras with large f/1.6 aperture lens. Photos taken were more accurate and less saturated compared to its previous models. With the help of AI, it can automatically set the right settings depending on the subject. Its front camera shares the same sentiments as it produces one of the best selfies ever taken by a phone. Bokeh shots can be taken by either rear or front cameras. Checkout some of the sample shots taken by Huawei Mate 10:
Overall, the Huawei Mate 10 is a promising successor of the Mate series, its camera and new processor were my personal favorites and I consider this as one of the top smartphones to beat this 2017, not to mention its very competitive price at just Php32,990!