The standard Mate 10 has a 5.9" QHD screen with a traditional 16:9 ratio. It supports HDR10 and vivid colors, and it also leaves room for a fingerprint scanner below the display. Both the Mate 10 and the pro version feature the same Leica camera module, consisting of a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor alongside a 12-megapixel color sensor. Take a look at the full specs for the device below. One thing that stands out is the huge 4,000mAh battery.
Design and display
- A big phone with a premium finish
- Splash proof, but not water truly resistant
- Sharp screen, but less punchy than OLED rivals
The new trend of metal frames and glass fronted and backed bodies has made its way onto the Huawei Mate series, and the Mate 10 is an excellent example of this design done right.
The front is all about that screen, with an impressive 81.6% screen-to-body ratio. Below the screen sits a fingerprint scanner, above it, a front camera and speaker, while to the right are all the buttons.
Battery and performance
Most phones are shipping with a chip from Qualcomm or MediaTek, but Huawei uses its own Kirin SoCs in many phones. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro debut the new Kirin 970, which consists of four ARM Cortex A73 cores at 2.36GHz and four ARM Cortex A53 cores at 1.8GHz. There's also a Mali G72 GPU with 12 cores. These are all reference designs, but the neural processing unit (NPU) is a completely custom core intended for machine learning and neural network applications.
Huawei is again using a dual camera array on this year's phone. The Mate 10 has a 20MP monochrome sensor and a 12MP RGB sensor. There's optical stabilization only on the 12MP sensor, but both have a respectable f/1.6 aperture. By default, the camera takes 12MP images. However, the camera app blends data from the RGB and monochrome sensors when you snap a photo. That means you can take 20MP shots with color. The drawback is that some of the camera's special features don't work in that mode. In 12MP mode, you have the option of 2x zoom "lossless" zoom. It uses the higher-resolution 20MP sensor to essentially zoom and crop to 12MP.
The Mate 10 also comes pre-fitted with a screen protector, so Huawei makes sure from the get go, you won’t need to invest extra in accessories to keep your phone free of scuffs.
There's no real waterproofing or water resistance here, so the Mate 10 won't withstand a dunk, however the IP53 splash-proof rating means use in light rain and an occasional spillage nearby won't render it a shiny, pricey brick.
As for the screen, it's a 5.9-inch QHD IPS LCD panel. 5.9 inches may sound smaller than the Mate 10 Pro's 6 inches of screen, but given the Mate 10's more traditional, 16:9 aspect ratio, this is actually a bigger phone with a bigger display from a surface area point of view.