Huawei, they're the other guys who make flagship smartphones and their base of operation is located in China. Mainstream consumers within the US probably never heard of Huawei, but most tech enthusiast know very well that this Chinese based mega telecom corp makes some pretty impressive products that includes not just smartphones, but they also produce tablets and laptops.
The speaking of smartphones, the new Huawei Mate 10 Pro looks aesthetically appealing, but its what's inside the smartphone, the hardware that's peaked my interest. In this new installment of Hardware Breakdown we're going to profile key components within this device. So without further ado, lets crack open the smartphone, shall we.
The Chipset and Processor
The CPU in the Huawei Mate Pro 10 is an absolute beast with Octa core processing meaning there's 8 working processing cores within this smartphone, 4 x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 and a 4 x 1.23 Cortex-A53. Mate 10 Pro smartphone is pretty much on par with most on the market in terms of processing power. It's more than capable of multitasking without the bottlenecks, but that all depends on how you use the smartphone.
Standing apart from the most smartphones in the market, Mate 10 Pro uses a Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset instead of going with the usual Snapdragon platform, the chipset of choice with most Android smartphones.
The Memory and Storage
The Mate 10 Pro embeds 6GB of RAM, one of few flagship smartphones on the market which have that much memory exceeding pass the standard 4GB barrier. The extra 2GB will certainly enhance performance and I can certainly justify this claim being that I'm an current owner of Note 8 which also have 6GB of memory. The smartphone (the Note 8) boots up and loads apps faster than every mobile device I've ever owned to date.
On the storage front, the Mate 10 Pro will option the consumer with two flavors, 64GB and 128GB which of course is industry standard as most if not all smartphones in this current market have the same storage capacities. Interestingly, you will not have the option to expand storage as the Mate 10 Pro doesn't have a SD card slot. You may have to resort to cloud base storage if you plan on storing photo and videos in excess.
What's a flagship smartphone without a brightly illuminated display, the Mate 10 Pro have that as its rocking a AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. The display overall measures 6-inches with an 80.9% screen-to-body ratio. The display resolution count comes in at 2160 x 1080, with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 402 ppi density. Bright display and decent pixel resolution is made possible with an Mali-G72 M12 GPU.
There's a lot of conversation taking place about the Pixel 2 smartphone having the best camera around, bar none and I get that. Some of the images I've viewed that was taken by the Pixel 2 is quite impressive, justifying that claim, and if you care to know the Pixel 2 camera scored a 98 on the DxoMark image benchmark which is the highest rating ever posted on that website, but the Mate 10 Pro came in a close second with 97 rating. But benchmark scores don't tell the entire story at all, its all about the camera specs, and the Mate 10 Pro specs is quite impressive, starting with a Dual-camera that have a 12MP RGB and 20MP monochrome sensors. The lenses is something special, the smartphone embeds the Leica optics sporting a f/1.6 aperture.
Higher mAh is a clear indication the battery is pretty big. In the case of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, it have a Non-removable Li-Pon 4000 mAh battery, and yes its pretty big. Usually sacrifices are to be made in order to accommodate bigger batteries. From my take visually, there is no deleted features from the Mate 10 Pro, it most certainly didn't impede the smartphone compact aesthetics. That is of course a testament to brilliant engineering on behalf of Huawei. With such a big battery coming in at 4000 mAh, depending on your overall usage you will certainly get an excessive amount of screen-on- time and still have enough juice at the end of the day. Importantly, the Mate 10 Pro battery have end-to-end fast charging technology.