The Mate 10 Pro is Huawei's most powerful phone to date, a showcase for the Kirin 970 chipset and its powerful Neural Processing Unit. But there's a new, cheaper contender from the company's sub-brand, Honor, in the form of the View 10 — which bears many of the same features as the Mate 10 Pro, including its high-end silicon.
With so many similarities, no one could blame you for wondering why you should spend the extra money on Huawei's flagship versus Honor's. We're here to help you figure that out by taking a deeper dive into what each phone does well — and where each could stand to improve.
The View 10 and Mate 10 Pro are very similar on paper ... but exactly how similar? Before we get into the intangibles like user experience, battery life, and overall value, it's good to quickly familiarize yourself with each phone by skimming over the spec sheets.
|Category||Honor View 10||Huawei Mate 10 Pro|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Display||5.99-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display|
2160 x 1080, 403PPI pixel density
|6.0-inch 18:9 AMOLED display|
2160 x 1080, 402PPI pixel density
|Chipset||Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970, four 2.4GHz Cortex A73 cores, four 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores, 10nm||Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970, four 2.4GHz Cortex A73 cores, four 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores, 10nm|
|Expandable||Yes (dedicated microSD slot)||No|
|Rear Camera||16MP f/1.8 + 20MP f/1.8, PDAF, 4K at 30fps||12MP f/1.6 + 20MP f/1.6, PDAF + laser autofocus, 4K at 30fps|
|Front Camera||13MP f/2.0, 1080p video||8MP f/2.0, 1080p video|
|Connectivity||WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, USB-C||WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, USB-C|
|Security||Fingerprint sensor (front)||Fingerprint sensor (back)|
|SIM||Dual Nano SIM||Dual Nano SIM|
|Dimensions||157 x 74.9 x 6.9mm||154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm|
|Colors||Black, Aurora Blue, Gold, Red||Diamond Black, Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray|
Why you should buy the View 10
The View 10 isn't just similar to the Mate 10 Pro on paper; it's made by the same company, and it has the same EMUI 8 software interface on top of Android Oreo. Where it really starts to differ is in its design; contrary to the Mate 10 Pro, which features a gorgeous, yet fragile glass back, the Honor View 10 boasts a more durable and utilitarian aluminum casing.
It's also the only phone of the two with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sure, the Mate 10 Pro comes with an adapter in the box, but let's be real — having to carry around a dongle everywhere just to listen to wired audio isn't nearly as convenient, and USB-C headphones are still a crapshoot.
Another key difference between the View 10 and Mate 10 Pro is the design and functionality of the fingerprint sensors. On the View 10, the sensor takes the form of a narrow strip just below the display, as opposed to the Mate 10 Pro's positioning around back. Thanks to this location, you're able to reallocate navigation controls to the fingerprint sensor on the View 10, eliminating the need for on-screen buttons and making room for more content at the bottom of the display.
Despite a lower price tag, the Honor View 10 has the same Kirin 970 chipset as the Mate 10 Pro. It's Huawei's most powerful processor, and it features the company's new NPU, which uses artificial intelligence to improve the camera software and prevent each phone from performance degradation over time — meaning you don't have to spend a fortune to get a long-lasting phone.
Why the Mate 10 Pro is worth the extra money
The View 10 is a fantastic phone, but for all its merit, Huawei isn't going to cannibalize itself with a phone from its subsidiary brand. The Mate 10 Pro immediately feels more premium than the VIew 10 — though again, that comes at the cost of a much more breakable glass back.
On that back, you'll notice Leica branding next to the cameras, and if that name sounds familiar it's because Leica is one of the biggest names in optics and photography. The result of this partnership is a pair of cameras that produce significantly better photos than those of the View 10.
Though both phones feature 6-inch displays, only the Mate 10 Pro utilizes AMOLED technology, which consumes less power and produces more vivid colors than the LCD panel on the View 10. Speaking of power, the Mate 10 Pro lasts significantly longer on a charge than the View 10, thanks to its larger 4000mAh battery. It takes a lot of effort to fully run down the Mate 10 Pro's battery in one day.
Unfortunately, neither phone is fully water resistant, but the Mate 10 Pro is at least IP67-certified, ensuring resistance against dust and up to one meter of water.
Which would you buy?
The Mate 10 Pro is a formidable foe. Its larger battery is longer-lasting, the fingerprint sensor is more reliable, the Leica-branded cameras take better photos, and the IP67 rating helps to better protect it from the elements. Despite all of their similarities, the Mate 10 Pro is simply the better phone — that is, if you're willing to spend $800 to get one.
On the other hand, if you don't need all of the aforementioned benefits of the Mate 10 Pro, you might be better off buying the Honor View 10 at a much more reasonable $499. With a $300 price difference, the View 10 may be the better option after all. Its spec sheet nearly mirrors that of the Mate 10 Pro, and many users will enjoy some of the features that apparently don't qualify as flagship-grade anymore, including microSD expandability and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The good news is that with phones so similar, you really can't wrong with either one. Assuming you're shopping for a new phone, the only question left to answer is ... which one are you getting?
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