It’s been several weeks since Huawei Mate 10 and the high-end Huawei Mate 10 Pro started selling in select markets across the globe, but like the outgoing Huawei Mate 9, it’s possible that the Chinese OEM is holding out for an official release in the U.S. during the CES 2018.
The CES 2018 will be held beginning January 9, which is just a little over a month from now. This isn’t too long, but if you can’t wait, the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro can be purchased unofficially through Amazon. Where the former can be yours at $699, the Pro variant is valued at $899 and as at the time of this writing, only five are still in stock.
It’s worth noting that since these are unofficial models, they don’t have a U.S. warranty, however, the specs and features are untouched. The standard Huawei Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch 16:9 LCD display screen with a QHD resolution while the Mate 10 Pro gets a 6-inch 18:9 OLED display with a full HD+ resolution. The only other notable difference on the front panel is the missing fingerprint scanner on the Mate 10 Pro, which is located on the back.
The selfie camera has the same 8MP lens with fixed focus and f/2.0 aperture while the back gets a dual 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (RGB) camera with f/1.6 aperture in both sensors, 2x hybrid zoom, PDAF, OIS (color sensor), dual-tone LED flash and 4K video recording. Under the hood, the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have the same specs with minor alterations. The Kirin 970 runs the show, but the Mate 10 gets 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. As for the Mate 10 Pro, there’s a 4GB RAM variant too, but the model listed on Amazon has 6GB RAM and the same 64GB storage, although there’s also a 128GB variant.
Even though the pair’s body is water resistant, it’s the Mate 10 Pro that gets it all with an IP67 rating as opposed to the IP53 rating of the standard model. On the brighter side, they both get the same 4000mAh battery and support for 4G LTE. Also, note that the standard Mate 10 comes with a 3.5mm audio jack while the Pro variant joins the likes of Google Pixel 2 and HTC U11 in dropping the feature. Software-wise, there’s Android Oreo out of the box with EMUI 8.0 running on top.