Should You Buy The Huawei Mate 10 Or Mate 10 Pro?

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Which one should you buy?

If you’re looking for a big-screen flagship phone this Christmas that won’t completely ravage your bank account, you’re already probably considering Huawei’s new top-tier babies, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. With both phones under the 40K price point, they’re the best value-for-money flagship you can buy today (excluding the OnePlus 5 and 5T, of course). But which version of the phone should you buy?

Huawei Mate 10 specs

  • 2.4GHz Hi-Silicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 5.9-inch 2K RGBW HDR display; 16:9 screen ratio
  • 64 GB/128 GB of expandable storage (up to 256 GB via microSD card)
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • 20-megapixel + 12-megapixel rear camera, Leica Summilux-H Lenses at f/1.6 aperture, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF, Laser AF, dual-LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint scanner, IP53
  • USB Type-C
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Specs

  • 2.4GHz Hi-Silicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 6-inch full HD+ OLED HDR display; 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 128 GB of storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel rear camera, Leica Summilux-H Lenses at f/1.6 aperture, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF, CAF, Laser AF, Depth AF, LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera @ f/2.0 aperture
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, IP67 resistance
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8

Mate 10

Before I go into my personal recommendation, keep in mind that both phones are identical in hardware and camera performance, since Huawei used mostly the same parts in building both. Battery is the same for both devices as well, and from what I can tell from Jamie’s comments on the Mate 10 Pro’s battery life, endurance for both phones are the same as well.

So it really comes down to overall screen size, RAM, storage, overall water resistance and how much a 3.5mm jack matters to you personally. Because of that, I prefer the regular Mate 10 over the Pro model. Sure, the Pro gets IP68 resistance as well as more RAM and storage, but I’ve never really found myself in situations where I would need IP68 protection anyway. More RAM is always ideal, but the 4GB of RAM in the regular model is more than enough for my needs. Same is true for storage.

Which brings us to the display. While 18:9 displays are the new thing now, I’ve been perfectly OK with the 16:9. 5.9-inch panel on the Mate 10. Aside from having QHD resolution which the Pro model lacks, the Mate 10 has a bigger screen when you consider actual surface area. It has thin top and bottom bezels as well, just like the Mate 10 Pro.

Let’s not forget the super important 3.5mm jack. I’m still not sold on using USB Type-C adapters or dongles for phones that don’t have the jack, and from experience it’s extremely easy to misplace said dongles with regular use. Sure you can always buy a Bluetooth can, but that means you have yet another gadget that you need to charge when you want to use it.

Finally, the Mate 10 is a few thousand pesos cheaper than the higher-end model, which means you’ll have a bunch of cash left over for any accessories you want to get for it.

(unbox.ph, https://goo.gl/CNLUcw)

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