Huawei Mate 10 Pro :: First impressions

by Volker Weber

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Three weeks ago I was supposed to be at the Huawei Mate 10 Pro launch in Munich. Instead I went to the doctor. Which was a life-saving decision. Nevertheless, Huawei asked me whether I wanted to take the Mate 10 Pro for a spin. Of course I want. This is a beginning of a longer journey.

There aren't any bad smartphones anymore. And the Mate 10 Pro is Huawei's best. It competes directly with the iPhone 8 Plus, in size, capabilities, speed, camera etc. First impression: totally worth the high price. Excellent build quality, beautiful colors, excellent look & feel. This is a premium phone. Feauture surprise: this phone has an infrared transmitter and can replace multiple remote controls.

The Mate 10 Pro is running Android Oreo 8.0 on the October 5 security level, unfortunately with Huawei's own EMUI 8 skin.

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The backside is glossy and a fingerprint magnet. It does provide a good grip and I am confident I will not drop it. There is a clear skin in the box, but it makes the phone feel cheap. I am leaving it off for now. The fingerprint reader is the fastest I have ever seen and it is in the perfect place, right where your index finger rests when you are holding the phone.

I shot a few quick photos and they appear to be at the same quality level as the iPhone 8 Plus. It will be very hard to work out differences, but I shall try. I do like the photo app very much since it caters both to novices as well as more advanced photographers. This will be fun.

Comments

Didn't you say, you will drop everything - eventually? ;)

Marc Patermann, 2017-11-03

I will. Before that happens I hope to have returned the Mate 10 Pro.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-03

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