Huawei Mate 10 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Huawei just unveiled new updates for their top-of-the-line Mate smartphone series, which consists of the new Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design. We’ve got our chance to get our hands-on the new Mate 10 Pro retail unit and spend some time with it.

Unboxing

The Mate 10 Pro comes in a blue packaging, which signifies the premium and classy feel of the Mate 10 Pro. The writing on the top cover reflects the actual colour of the device. Lifting the top cover reveals the Mate 10 Pro, with “Huawei Design” logo next to it. Underneath the tray where the phone lies is two compartments. The right compartments contains the usual accessories, including a USB Wall Adapter with Huawei’s SuperCharge quick charging technology, a USB-C cable for charging & data transfer as well as a pair of earphones with USB-C plug on the other end instead of a 3.5-mm.

First Impressions

The Mate 10 line-up receives significant design changes for 2017, and the Pro model actually receives some unique design cues that is not found in the regular Mate 10. The overall design of the Mate 10 Pro is fresh new, and Huawei claimed that they are able to make the overall device smaller than its predecessor despite packing more punch. Of course, as Huawei’s flagship device, you can expect all the premium materials, with a metal structure and glass front and back. It really has the premium feel in our hands.

The front is largely dominated by a 6” FullView Display. While it may sound like a lot, it is a 18:9 ratio display, which retains the width of the device. Huawei calls it a FHD+ resolution, which is basically 2560 X 1080, with 402 pixels-per-inch. Exclusive for the Mate 10 Pro is a brand new OLED panel, with HDR enabled for better content consumption experience. Even though there’s minimal space on top and bottom of the display, all the usual sensors and earpiece can still be found on top, followed by a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Android controls are on screen, which leaves space for a small Huawei logo at the bottom.

The rest of the setup is pretty much standard. The removable tray on the left houses 2 nanoSIM slot, unlike the hybrid slot that they have been using for a while, which means that there’s no storage expansion option for the Mate 10 Pro. On the other side, the new Kirin 970 chipset has allowed both SIM cards to be connected to 4G network at the same time. Huawei still retains the IR blasted at the top of the device, and the volume and power buttons are at their usual location on the right.

The USB-C port is at the bottom, along with a bottom-firing speaker, which is one of the channels for the stereo speaker system. The Mate 10 Pro does lose out on a traditional 3.5-mm headphone jack, but Huawei kindly includes a pair of earphones with USB-C jack.

The dual-lens camera setup sits in the middle on the back, which consists of a 12-megapixel RGB sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor on top of each other, along with new sensors which is co-developed with Leica. On both sides sits the dual-tone LED flash and a Laser sensor. The fingerprint reader is located below the lenses, which is also unique for the Mate 10 Pro.

Specifications

The Mate 10 Pro is powered by Huawei’s latest and greatest own-developed Kirin 970 processor, which is focused on AI to make the phone smarter. 6GB of RAM is also thrown in along with 128GB of internal storage. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user interface on top. It tops it all off with 4000mAh non-removable battery.

Stay tuned for our upcoming full review of the device!