The Mate 10 Pro takes the formula for the Mate 10 and makes it just that little bit bigger and better.
When does the Huawei Mate 10 Pro come out? Available in Australia on 4 December 2017
What’s new about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?6 inch 18:9 display, Kirin 970 CPU, dual lens Leica camera, enhanced Emotion UI
How much will the Huawei Mate 10 Pro cost? $1099 outright or on contract
What is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?
The Mate 10 Pro, as the name suggests, is an upgraded version of the regular Huawei Mate 10 handset with just a few differentiating factors to justify its slightly higher asking price.
The most obvious physical difference is that it has a slightly larger screen, with an 18:9 aspect ratio, 6 inch OLED display, compared to the 5.9 inch, 16:9 Huawei Mate 10. That should make it a better match for the productivity crowd who like multi-tasking Android apps, as well as anyone who wants to watch movies on it, given that it's HDR10-compliant as well.
The other major physical difference between the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro is in the headphone jack. Put simply, the Mate 10 has a headphone jack, and the Mate 10 Pro doesn't. That means that if you want to listen to music, you'll either have to opt for Bluetooth headphones, in a similar style to that of the Apple iPhone X or Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, or use USB C based cabled headphones. Huawei will provide a simple set of USB C headphones in the box with the Mate 10 Pro in Australia.
In Australia, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will only be available in blue, while the Huawei Mate 10 will only come in black.
Will the Huawei Mate 10 be powerful?
Like the Mate 10, the Mate 10 Pro runs on the new Huawei Kirin 970 SoC. Huawei has for some time produced its own silicon for its high-end flagships, and its promises around the Kirin 970 are quite weighty, especially considering its use of a Neural Processing Unit.
The Kirin 970 by itself is a 12-core processor built on a 10nm process, but Huawei claims that the NPU can boost performance by up to 50 per cent over the processor alone. If Huawei's hype bears up to scrutiny, that could put it above the pack of mostly-Snapdragon-835 premium Android handsets, and possibly also above Apple's impressive A11 Bionic processor. Huawei has committed to making the APIs for the NPU open to developers, so its performance will depend on how many of them leverage that access to make the most of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
While the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro share the same processor, the Mate 10 Pro may well have a performance edge, because the model sold in Australia will come with 6GB of onboard RAM rather than the Mate 10's 4GB. That should give it a little more performance breathing room, but we'll have to wait to test it out to see how much of a difference it truly makes.
On the software side, the Mate 10 Pro will run on Android 8.0 ("Oreo") with Huawei's own EMUI launcher, specifically version 8.0 of EMUI.
Will the Huawei Mate 10 have a good camera?
Huawei has made considerable progress in the camera space thanks to its tie-up with Leica for the Huawei P9, Mate 9, P10 and P10 Plus, and there are no signs that this will slow down for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Like the Huawei P10 Plus, the Mate 10 Pro features dual Leica Summilux lenses, specifically f/1.6 aperture lenses, with a 20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB lens paired together. By default, both lenses fire when taking a standard shot to ensure the widest colour gamut, but you can also optionally shoot with just the monochrome lens if that's your style choice.
Where the Mate 10 Pro differentiates itself from Huawei's previous Leica-lens phones is with the use of the NPU. Its AI routines can, as per Huawei, identify 13 different scene types, ranging from night shots to food to pets, and automatically adjust the shooting parameters for the best possible photo. It's still feasible to use manual modes if that's your thing, but for the average point and shoot consumer, this could be a serious point of differentiation.
How will I charge the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?
Like the P10 and P10 Plus, USB C charging is standard on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which features a 4,000mAh battery that Huawei contends is good for up to two days of real world usage.
Huawei has its own standard for fast charging, dubbed "SuperCharge". Huawei recently announced a partnership with TÜV Rheinland for safety checking of its SuperCharge technology, including safety, low temperature and thermal shock tests, which it has put the Mate 10 Pro through.
Charging and battery safety has been something of a sore point for larger phones in the light of the Samsung Note 7 fiasco, and while that wasn't a phone of Huawei's making, it's clearly taking phone charging seriously.
Is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro water resistant?
The one feature that Huawei has never particularly pushed with its premium handsets has been the question of outright water resistance, although our recent tour of Huawei's device testing labs did show that it's a feature the company is equipped to test.
If you take up the Huawei Mate 10, you don't get any specified water resistance, but it's a feature of the Mate 10 Pro, which has an water resistance rating of IP67. That means that while you shouldn't take the Mate 10 Pro Scuba diving, if it briefly drops into fresh water, it should emerge unscathed, if a little damp.
When will the Huawei Mate 10 Pro be available in Australia?
The Mate 10 Pro's launch in Australia will lag that of the regular Mate 10, but only a little. While the Mate 10 will launch in Australia on 15 November 2017, the Mate 10 Pro won't make it to our shores until 4 December 2017, exclusive to Optus.
How much will the Huawei Mate 10 Pro cost?
The Mate 10 Pro will sell outright in Australia for $1,099, a $200 premium over the pricing of the Mate 10 itself. Given it's an exclusive with Optus, it's all but assured that it will also be available on 24 month contract terms if you're not up for paying for the handset outright.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Specifications
- Product Name
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Display Size
- 6.0 inches
- Kirin 970
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- Dual lens 20MP Mono f/1.6, 12MP RGB
154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm