Huawei Mate 10 Pro release date, news and features

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the most exciting device the Chinese firm announced during its October 16 launch in Munich, Germany.

It arrives alongside the Huawei Mate 10, but it's the Mate 10 Pro that you can really get excited about as it's improved some key elements missed from previous Huawei products.

We got all the details you need to know, including important pricing and availability confirmations, below - so let's get to it!

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The newly announced phone from Huawei
  • How much will it cost? €799, AU$1,099 (around $940, £710)
  • When will it release? From November

Huawei Mate 10 Pro price and release date

We don't know all the details on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro price, but we do have the pricing for Europe and Australia.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro price is set at €799, AU$1,099 (around $940, £710) and the Chinese firm says it'll hit stores from November.

However, we've already received confirmation that the Mate 10 Pro release date for Australia is December 4 - meaning there's still a couple of months to wait until the handset hits stores down under.

That release date means we won't see a price drop for Black Friday 2017 at the end of November, so if you're looking for a slightly more affordable Huawei flagship phablet check out the Mate 10.

A word of warning for those in the UK though - you'll only be able to get your hands on the pricier Huawei Mate 10 Pro while neither handset has been confirmed for the US just yet.

Short on time? Check out our hands on Huawei Mate 10 Pro video below

Huawei Mate 10 Pro design and display

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes with a glass back design with curved edges to help it sit comfortably in the hand.

With a 6-inch screen in the center, the Mate 10 Pro is definitely large, but Huawei has kept bezels to a minimum resulting in dimensions of 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm.

It means the phone itself is no bigger than the Mate 9, while the screen boasts OLED technology and a ratio of 18:9.

Unlike the Mate 10, Huawei has opted for a Full HD resolution here at 2160 x 1080. On paper that may sound disappointing, but this is one of the first times Huawei has used an OLED tech and that should help with brightness on the display.

The upgraded screen tech also allows for HDR 10 content, which should mean you can enjoy better contrast and more intense colors in some of the videos you watch.

On the rear of the phone is the fingerprint sensor with the dual-sensor camera sitting up just above it. There's also a strip with a different color to draw the eye away from the rest of the phone.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the upgrade, though, is the waterproofing. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is IP67 water and dust resistant, much like the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2, meaning you can run your phone under a tap and it won't be flooded with liquid.

That waterproofing also means there's no 3.5mm headphone jack. Huawei has admitted it wasn't able to make a waterproof phone that still used the tech like Sony has with its Xperia XZ1 series.

Color choices for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro are Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Pink Gold and Mocha Brown. It's currently uncertain what color choices will be available in each market, but we'll hopefully hear more details on that soon.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera and battery

The camera on the Mate 10 Pro is similar to what we've seen on previous Huawei products using a 12MP color sensor and a 20MP black and white option.

Photos are taken using both sensors and the shooter now has a super wide aperture of f/1.6 which means it should perform well in low light. On the front is an 8MP selfie shooter, too.

The Mate 10 Pro is packing a 4,000mAh battery, which is the same size we saw perform fantastically in the Mate 9 last year. With a better optimized processor running everything behind the scenes here we can safely expect the Mate 10 Pro to perform well in the charging department.

It's also packed with Huawei's SuperCharge feature that means you can charge it from 0% to 58% in 30 minutes. 

There's no wireless charging though, which is a bit of a shame for those who wanted to get rid of their cables.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro specs and OS

The newly announced Kirin 970 chipset is running inside the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. It features top of the range specs and though we haven't had the chance to try it out for long, it seems to work well on both the new phones.

Huawei is putting a big focus on its new Neural Processing Unit feature that sits separately to the CPU and GPU on the chip. This features a new AI feature that will monitor how you use your phone.

It will then try to optimize features better for how you use the device. For example, it will learn that you use more battery toward the end of the day so will try and keep settings low and conserve energy before opening it up later to allow you to use the full potential of the phone.

Exactly how this will impact your use of the phone on a daily basis is a little unclear at the moment, but it's something we'll be sure to push in our Mate 10 Pro review, which is coming soon.

Other specs include 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Strangely Huawei has decided not to include microSD expandable storage on this phone, so you will be limited to just 128GB.

It's also running the latest Android Oreo software with Emotion UI 8 - Huawei's own overlay - sitting on top with a few extra features that you may find useful.

These include a new way to enter split screen mode simply and easily with only one motion and a new Smart Tips feature that will notify you when you could be using a useful feature included on the phone, such as Reading Mode.