Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: The Dark Horse Android Phone of 2017

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Huawei’s flagship smartphone of 2017, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, has been one of the surprise releases of the year. Having used the phone daily since launch, we decided it’s time to do a real world review.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Verdict

If you’re looking for an Android phone with some of best-in-class features, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has little competition. Beautiful designed, with 6GB RAM, Huawei AI, 4000mAh batttery and arguably the best camera on a smartphone in 2017, this device makes a compelling case for itself as Android Smartphone of The Year. That’s why we named it as “Best All-Round” in our inaugural annual best smartphones round-up.


  • Class-leading main camera
  • Superior battery life with fast charging
  • Stunning screen and overall attractive design
  • IP67 dust and water resistance
  • Bags of built-in storage

  • No wireless charging
  • No MicroSD slot
  • No headphone jack
  • EMUI bloatware pre-installed

Apple and Samsung have had a combined stranglehold on the flagship smartphone market for a number of years now, with many challengers struggling for attention. However, Huawei has been diligently plugging away at cracking the glass ceiling that the two smartphone giants have been comfortably perched above. Now, following the release of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, it appears they’ve finally got a phone that could break the grip.

Remember when the Klitschko brothers dominated the heavyweight boxing arena? It seemed hard to imagine anyone big or skilled enough to hold the ring against either of them. Only time got the better of the older brother, Vitali, who retired undefeated in 2013, the only heavyweight champion to never be knocked down in a fight. And Vlad continued to dominate until Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua came along. Now I’m not saying Huawei has taken any belts or retired any giants yet, but the Chinese company is definitely looking like a serious contender going forward.

Check out the video above now for our real-world review and share your thoughts in the comments below or with us via social media.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Key Specs

  • Android 8 (Oreo)
  • 6in HD+ AMOLED display 18:9 ratio
  • Dual camera: 12MP (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) and 20MP (f/1.6, 27mm monochrome sensor), Leica optics, 2x zoom, phase detection AF, up to 4K/30 video.
  • 8MP f/2 front-facing camera
  • Hisilicon Kirin 970 CPU, 6GB RAM or 4GB RAM
  • 128GB or 64GB onboard storage (no MicroSD slot)
  • IP67 dust and water resistant (submerged in up to 1 metre of still water, max 30min.)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm (6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 in), glass body, metal frame. 178g
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