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Mate 10 Pro vs Mate 9: Is upgrading worth it?

19 October 2017 5

A couple of days ago on Oct 16th, Huawei took the stage in Munich to announce new flagships Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche. All three devices are featuring large displays like their predecessors but also they have the prominent difference with them. Huawei confirmed their latest Mate 10 lineup devices will be released in 24 countries by the end of this year. As expected all variants brings significant upgrade over the last year's Mate 9.

For sure first thing which comes in everyone, Huawei fans mind whether they should spend money on the latest Mate 10 models. Like always we compared the latest Mate 10 models against their competitors. The Mate 10 is featuring a traditional design with slightly thick bezels on the front for the physical home button and front-facing sensors whereas the Mate 10 Pro is bringing everything you can expect from the latest flagship. The Mate 10 Pro is the company's attempt to follow the latest bezel-less design trend. That's why the focus is on Mate 10 Pro as it will be the competitor of latest Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X. We already compared the device against its competitor and also put light on how Mate 10 Pro is different from standard Mate 10.

Today we will be comparing the latest Mate 10 Pro against the last year Mate 9. The Mate 9 Pro variant wasn't available widely that's why we will compare the Mate 9 which was widely available last year. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help you decide if you already own Mate 9, should you upgrade to Mate 10 Pro or not? Also they key upgrades the latest Mate 10 Pro bringing over last year Mate 9.

Huawei Mate lineup devices were initially considered an unconventional giant tech slabs but later on giant display devices become the norm and last year Mate 9 was one of the best phablets last year despite having a gigantic display. Without any further delay, let's find out how Mate 10 Pro stack up against Mate 9.

Design

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is featuring a strong aluminum chassis with robust glass covering the rear side. The rear side is adorned with dual cameras and LED-flashlight. The sensors are placed vertically in the center. The Mate 10 Pro dimensions are 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm and it weighs 178g. It lacks physical home button on the front-facing side but instead, the device has circular rear fingerprint scanner below the dual camera setup.

Finally, Huawei also adopted the latest trend of making water and dust resistant devices. The Mate 10 Pro is IP67 certified device which means it can resist under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The Mate 9 was featuring the Huawei's traditional uni-body metal design. The device measurements are 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm and due to full metal body, it was slightly heavier at 190g. It also has the fingerprint scanner on the rear. Both the devices have USB Type-C connectivity port for charging and data transfer.

The frame of Mate 9 and Mate 10 Pro are so large that using both devices with one-hand is quite tricky. However, the software support on both devices is pretty good to facilitate using the large display with one-hand. Despite having large frame the Mate 10 Pro doesn't look chunky because of trimmed bezels which give it a very sleek look. The Mate 10 Pro glossy finish is fingerprints magnet. The rear fingerprint scanner on both the devices is ultra fast.

Huawei ditched the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from Mate 10 Pro to make it water resistant whereas the Mate 9 has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The Mate 10 Pro owners will have to either adopt USB adapter or they will have to switch to Bluetooth headphones.

Display

Last year one key area where Mate 9 lacks was the display tech and resolution. The Mate 9 was featuring an IPS LCD display of 5.9-inches with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Due to large display pixel density was pretty average and the colors contrast wasn't punchy either. The device was good for watching movies but it wasn't the best choice for avid gamers. The display aspect ratio was 16:9.

This year Huawei certainly upgraded the display tech of the latest Mate 10 Pro. The device is featuring a 6.0-inches OLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. This year Huawei opted a 2:1 aspect ratio to compete with the rivals including LG V30, Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X. Thanks to OLED panel the colors are vibrant, color saturation is pretty good and deep blacks are impressive. No doubt the Mate 10 display is pretty good as opposed to last year Mate 9. Last but not the least Mate 10 Pro is bringing HDR video support so that users can watch Amazon Prime and Netflix HDR content. This aspect makes the Mate 10 Pro display future-proof up to some extent.

Hardware

Being the latest device the Mate 10 Pro has a significant advantage in the hardware section. The Mate 10 Pro is packed with the company's own Octa-core Kirin 970 SoC with Mali-G72 on board as graphics processing unit. The device has 6GB RAM on board with 128GB storage which isn't expandable using MicroSD card. The Mate 9 is running on the Kirin 960 SoC with Mali-G71 as GPU. The device has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage but it is expandable using MicroSD card.

Both the device are powerhouses but the Mate 10 Pro has added advantage of the chipset with built-in AI and also double storage and 2 Gigs of Extra RAM makes it much more powerful than last year's Mate 9. Though both the devices are pretty much capable to handle everything you through at it due to powerful hardware under the hood. If you are looking for an AI device, the Mate 10 Pro will be a better choice.

Specs Mate 10 Pro Mate 9
Display 5.9-inches LCD 6.0-inches OLED
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
SoC Kirin 970 Kirin 960
RAM 6GB 4GB
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable 64GB Expandable
Rear cameras 12MP+20MP with f/1.6 aperture 12MP+20MP with f/2.2 aperture
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
IP67 Yes No
3.5mm headphone jack No Yes
OS Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0 Adroid Nougat with EMUI 5.0
Camera

Huawei flagships have Leica-branded lens for quite some time, same is the case with the latest Mate 10 Pro. The primary RGB sensor is 12MP module whereas the secondary sensor is the monochrome 20MP module with f/1.6 aperture. The good thing is both the sensors have optical image stabilization. The dual sensors are accompanied with the dual-LED flashlight. The sensors have phase detection autofocus, depth autofocus, laser detection autofocus and contrast autofocus. Up front, the selfie-camera is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture.

The Mate 9 was also featuring dual Leica certified lens. The primary RGB sensor was 12MP whereas the secondary monochrome lens was the 20MP module. Both the sensors aperture size was f/2.2. Others features were the Hybrid focus, dual-LED flashlight, and optical image stabilization. The front-facing sensor on the Mate 9 is the 8MP module with f/1.9 aperture.

Both Mate 10 Pro and Mate 9 are capable to record 4K videos. The new camera sensors on Mate 10 Pro are featuring the largest aperture in the market. The Mate 10 Pro cameras are significantly better than Mate 9. The latest sensors are tweaked pretty well. You can check out complete camera comparison by clicking here.

Software

The Mate 10 Pro is the company's first flagship smartphone running on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box. The stock OS has EMUI 8.0 layer over it. Last year Mate 9 was announced with Android Nougat with EMUI 5.0 skin. Huawei confirmed Android Oreo for Mate 9 is in beta testing which will be rolled out after four weeks of Mate 10 release which means Mate 9 owners will be getting Android Oreo by the end of November or probably in first half of December. Overall UI experience on both devices will be similar.

Battery

The Mate 10 Pro and Mate 9 both have a 4,000mAh battery cell and both support Fast charging. What makes Mate 10 Pro special is its charging capabilities. According to Huawei, if you charge Mate 10 Pro 20 minutes it gets juice for the whole long day. Both the devices easily provides 2 days battery life on normal usage. Even on heavy usage, you can get battery life more than 1 days.

Conclusion

The Mate 10 Pro is bringing significant improvements over Mate 9 in almost departments except for battery cell. The Mate 10 Pro features luring glass/metal sandwich design, the latest Kirin 970 SoC, Leica-branded camera sensors with largest aperture, better OLED display, and latest Android OS straight out of the box. It is company's first flagship which is IP67 certified and has the latest bezel-less display with 2:1 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, with all these goodies it lacks 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as its built-in internal storage, isn't expandable like the Mate 9.

The Mate 9 is currently significantly cheaper than Mate 10 Pro but extra pricing bringing number of goodies on board. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the latest Mate 10 Pro vs Mate 9. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in coming days.

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Mate 10 Pro vs Mate 9: Is upgrading worth it?
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MrXYZ
MrXYZ

A few Sony phones and the recent OnePlus 5 are known for their cameras. The Mate 10 Pro, by the way, looks a cool upgrade option in the camera department.

MatureMe
MatureMe

I am really skeptical to answer this as a "yes" only due to the recent benchmark results I saw. They're just at the back of the mind, while reading this.

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