Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review

October 30, 2017 | Amy Davies |


There’s a lot to like about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. If your main consideration when you’re buying a smartphone is both how well the camera performs, and how much control you can take over shooting, then it’s definitely worthy of your consideration. 

One of the best things about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is its very impressive battery life. I’m used to using an iPhone, where I’m lucky if I make it to midday without having to plug it in - the Huawei Mate 10 Pro routinely lasted 2-3 days without needing a charge. While it’s true that I perhaps wasn’t using it as intensively as I might do my iPhone, I’m confident that the claims of at least a full day’s charge, even for very heavy users, is true. 

In terms of the camera itself, in terms of sheer scope, it’s one of the best currently available on the market. Allowing you to take full manual control is definitely a bonus for those who crave it, as is shooting in raw format. The images are very pleasing, with a satisfying amount of detail and saturation, and with impressive performance in low light. 

The onboard AI chip comes in handy to help produce a decent digital zoom, apply the best settings depending on the subject, and to create a reasonably impressive shallow depth of field effect - especially if you’re not scrutinising the resulting images too closely. 

If you’re stuck between the Huawei Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro, consider that the Pro has a (slightly) larger screen, better battery life and water and dust proofing. You can also get the Pro with more storage space - up to 128GB (although the Mate 10 you can add MicroSD cards for extra storage, whereas you can’t with the Mate 10 Pro). For those features, there’s an extra outlay, as you’d expect, but for everything extra you get it, it feels like a worthy bump in price. 

In terms of value for money, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is significantly cheaper than the iPhone X, something which it is pitching itself against. It’s closer in price to the other popular phone in this genre, the Samsung Galaxy S8, making it a good value proposition for a high-end phone. 

Overall, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro / Mate 10 offers a very good camera for photographers looking for a phone which offers a lot to the enthusiast. 

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5