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Huawei Mate 10 Review – A Real Definition of a Smart-Phone

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After almost two months of using the Huawei Mate 10 as our daily driver, finally, here’s our review and opinion about it. Join us and let’s see if the Huawei Mate 10 is the perfect phone for you.

HUAWEI MATE 10 SPECS

  • 5.9-inch QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) at 499 ppi
  • Hisilicon Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Mali-G72 MP12
  • 64 GB expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Dual 20 MP f/1.6 +12 MP f/1.6 Leica optics rear cameras, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8 MP front camera with f/2.0
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0
  • LTE Cat.18 w/ VoLTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • NFC, Infrared
  • USB Type-C reversible connector
  • Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
  • 4000 mAh battery with Fast charging 4.5V/5A (58% in 30 min)
  • P32,990

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

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We love the combination of glass and metal construction on the Huawei Mate 10 series. The most noticeable difference that you will see is the proportion of the screen. The Mate 10 has a 16:9 aspect ratio and the Mate 10 Pro has an 18:9 aspect ratio. Since having a tall-looking screen is the trend today, we tend to choose the Mate 10 Pro over the Mate 10, but eventually we somehow get used with the Mate 10 without being bother of its screen’s aspect ratio. We also love the symmetrical placement of all the elements on its back panel.

DISPLAY

Like what we’ve said before, having an 18:9 aspect ratio today is a plus points. But in the case of the Huawei Mate 10, even though it is only equipped with the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, for sure you will also love its Quad HD display resolution. This results to sharp details, good color accuracy and better viewing experience. But if you feel that having a high screen resolution consume too much battery, you can still manually lower its resolution in the Settings.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

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Android 8.0 Oreo and Huawei’s own EMUI v8.0 are just a perfect match. Most of the time, I always replace the launcher of a device into my favorite Nova Launcher but this time, I’m satisfied with the Mate 10 launcher.

In addition, the Mate 10 series also have this Desktop Mode, that you can use the power of your smartphone and use it as a personal computer by connecting it on a monitor.

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When it comes to its performance, the Hisilicon Kirin 970 together with the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU performs just the same with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset like for example on the Nokia 8. I love playing VainGlory, Mobile Legends, and Rules of Survivals on it, and for sure, it can also handle high graphic games pretty well.

We also noticed that the scores that we got from our bench-markings are somehow higher compared to the scores that other reviewer got few months ago. We assume that this might be due to the A.I. chipset built-in on this device.

SECURITY

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The fingerprint scanner of the Huawei Mate 10 is surprisingly fast. It is smaller as compared to other circular fingerprint scanners therefore at first, I assumed that it is not that fast but when I have tried it, I was impressed.

BATTERY LIFE

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The 4,000 mAh battery on this device has manage to last all day of super heavy use like doing social media most of the time, playing games, and testing the camera. But on a regular use, it can still manage to last at least two days. But you don’t have to worry about recharging this phone because it has a fast charging technology which results to around 50% of battery juice on a 30 minutes of charging.

CAMERA

Having an A.I. is what separates the Mate 10 series to the rest of smartphones. But having an A.I. plus a dual-Leica cameras with f/1.6 aperture is what makes it standout among the rest. In addition, it has a lot of camera modes and one of my favorite is the Light Painting mode. The A.I. feature also helps on automatically detecting the scene and apply the right parameters for you to take a better shot. When it comes to the selfie shooter, the one on the Mate 10 also performs pretty well. It can take decent and clear photos in good lighting condition but suffers on lowlight. Hopefully on the next generation, Huawei could upgrade the MegaPixels and aperture of their front camera/s.

Here are my sample photos:

Auto Mode (Good Lighting)

Auto vs HDR Mode ON

Auto Mode (Low Light)

Food Shots

Portrait Mode

Aperture Mode

Light Painting Mode

Selfie (Good Lighting)

Groupfie (Good Lighting)

Selfie/Groupfie (Low Light)

Selfie/Groupfie (Bokeh)

VERDICT

Just like on our review about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the Huawei Mate 10 also proves that it is also great in everything. We love its build quality, the display, its software and performance, and most of all, its camera. In a matter of fact, there are many things that you can explore on this device once you have experience it on your own. We definitely recommend it if you are planning to buy one.

The Huawei Mate 10 now has #FTARecommended seal of approval! 🙂