The Huawei Mate 10 Professional stretches the boundaries of what justifies the phrase “professional” in a product identify, even within the hype-driven tech world. It’d look extra spectacular than the common Mate 10, which sports activities a front-facing fingerprint scanner, however each fashions have the identical chip and digital camera parts. The Mate 10 Professional truly has a decrease-resolution display screen, and Huawei has deserted the headphone jack and microSD storage slot that stay on the cheaper mannequin.

However even with an identification disaster, the Mate 10 Professional is the type of flagship telephone you’d anticipate from Samsung and Google: full of premium options, and oozing with energy and efficiency. Whereas it’s going to little doubt battle to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2 XL as soon as it releases within the U.S. (primarily because of a scarcity of service help), Huawei has nonetheless confirmed that it’s worthy of its No. 2 position on the smartphone charts. 

No-frills design will get the job finished

The Mate 10 Professional flips Huawei’s flagship characteristic technique in comparison with the Mate 9 Professional—for higher or worse. The place final yr’s top-of-the-line telephone was the one with the front-facing fingerprint sensor, for example, Huawei relegates that to the non-pro mannequin this yr. Following the lead of different high-end competitors, the fingerprint sensor’s new location is on the Mate 10 Professional’s backplate.

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The again of the Mate 10 Professional is fabricated from glass, however it nonetheless doesn’t help wi-fi charging.

The Mate 10 Professional additionally echoes its friends within the broad curves of its corners, very similar to the Pixel 2 XL’s. The one actual figuring out marker is the reflective Huawei identify on the chin (which I may do with out). 

At 7.9mm, the Mate 10 Professional is a contact thinner than the eight.2mm Mate 10, however the slimness comes at a worth: The Mate 10 Professional doesn’t have a headphone jack (although it does embrace a USB-C adapter and USB-C earphones within the field). Huawei blames that on its need to have IP67 water resistance, however that argument doesn’t actually float, because it’s not an either-or proposition on Galaxy telephones.

The Mate 10 Professional has just a few different compromises. It doesn’t supply expandable storage, although the characteristic is on the market on the common Mate 10. Additionally, regardless of shifting from aluminum to glass for the backplate, there’s nonetheless no help for wi-fi charging.

display screen that needs to be higher

The Mate 10 Professional’s show needs to be its crowning glory, however it’s not. Huawei has introduced again the OLED display screen from final yr’s Mate Professional, however in a curious transfer, it’s decreased the decision. Whereas the Mate 9 Professional had a best-in-class 1440×2560 Quad HD show with a 534ppi density, the 18:9 Mate 10 Professional solely packs a 6-inch Full HD 1080×2160 display screen with a 402ppi density. Confusingly, the common Mate 10’s 5.9-inch, 16:9 LCD truly has the next 1440×2560 decision.

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Huawei’s Mate 10 Professional has a tremendous show, however it has a lower-resolution than its friends.

That being mentioned, the Mate 10 Professional’s display screen has its charms. It has a vivid setting (just like the Pixel 2 XL), however flipping the toggle creates a way more noticeable distinction on the Mate 10 Professional, with vibrant reds and greens, and terribly deep blacks. Colours are extra reasonable in regular mode, however they’re nonetheless daring and full of life.

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