Features, Performance and Final Thoughts
Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro is indeed a powerhouse when it comes to general smartphone horsepower. It does not seem to drag at all, regardless of how many apps are open and/or running at the time. Touchscreen interfacing and response is clean with no jittering. Even fancy capture functions like Knuckle Gestures work quite well and without delay. Simply knocking twice on the Mate 10 Pro’s screen takes a full screenshot. Knocking and dragging allows you to take more precise cropped screenshots. You can even do a full-page screenshot for when you are on a webpage and you would like to capture the page from the top to the bottom.
Another Knuckle Gesture that aids in flaunting the Mate 10 Pro’s processing power is the split-screen mode, where a knuckle knock followed by horizontal swipe splits the screen in two. The Mate 10 Pro continued to truck along swimmingly even while actively running and displaying two apps simultaneously. Of course, there were some functional limitations with this feature. Only some apps can be used in split screen mode and you cannot have two movie-playing apps playing movies simultaneously. But you can definitely watch movies while browsing the internet, typing up an email or various other productive tasks.
The Mate 10 Pro appears to be ready to handle any mobile game out there without any lag or frame loss. 3D games run both smooth and swiftly, with snappy responses to touch controls. Couple that with the phone’s vibrant display, loud speakers, and easy-to-manage ergonomics whilst in landscape mode, and you’re in for an enjoyable gaming experience. The earpiece activates as a second speaker when the phone is held in landscape mode, giving you a good stereo sound. I found the Full Screen Display option during gameplay to be quite interesting. The Mate 10 Pro initially respects the display ratio that the game developer intended the game to be played at. Yet, the Mate 10 Pro gives to the option to stretch the display further, while warning you that this could lead to undesirable app behavior. Fortunately, none of the games I tried showed signs of peculiar behavior once I went “true” full screen.
The Mate 10 Pro is also equipped with an understated infrared (IR) sensor, allowing you to control various devices that you would with a standard infrared remote control. It is has a maximum range of seven meters and needs you to point the top of the smartphone directly at what you are controlling in order for it to work. This feature worked well enough and I did not mind it being as limited as it is. The sensor simply has to be understated in order to keep the Mate 10 Pro’s body uniform and, well, pretty. Just look at a standard remote controller. I do not want to imagine what the Mate 10 Pro would look like with that IR ball sticking out the top.
Going back to the software side, the Mate 10 Pro also features App Twin, which allows you to be signed into two social media accounts simultaneously within a single app. It only works with WeChat, QQ, LINE, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Messenger. This feature is particularly handy for users who use these apps both professionally and personally. It allows you to keep your work and play lives separate while on the same device.
Last but absolutely not least, you’ll find yourself powering through all these tasks and features for quite a while thanks to the Mate 10 Pro’s 4000 mAh battery. I found myself lasting about a day and a half on a full charge before having to considering recharging. Huawei touts a full day usage from a 20-min charge and that wasn’t inaccurate when Huawei SuperCharge was in play. A 20-min charge gave about 30% of charge to the battery. However, on moderate usage you can definitely stretch out the phone’s lifespan for the day.
With mobile devices being the Swiss army knives of our day to day lives, smartphone manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to push the envelope in a device’s productivity. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro gives you that very productivity for longer thanks to that hefty 4000 mAh battery. You have a Kirin 970 Octa-core processor that doesn’t play around, powering your through your mobile device tasks without so much of a hiccup. The IR sensor is a take it or leave it add-on. It’s handy when you already have your phone in your hand but you’re feeling too lazy to look for that missing remote.
Having dual-screen function takes advantage of the Mate 10 Pro’s screen size as well as its processing power and memory. In terms of performance and feature set, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a powerful and respectable driver for day to day use. The Leica camera is as approachable as it is impressive, with Object Recognition giving your shots a nice little nudge in the right direction. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy reviewing those shots you take and the videos you stream on that beautiful and vivid Huawei FullView Display.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is ready for the world and comes ready for you with a full assortment of accessories that will hold you off from the moment you open the box. The Mate 10 Pro is perfect for any phablet fan that wants a device that looks gorgeous and delivers wholeheartedly in the specs department. If you in the market for a new unlocked device, definitely take a look at the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, available now for $799 on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and New Egg.
†Huawei Mate 10 Pro review unit provided by Huawei PR…