Earlier this week, Huawei launched the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones. The two flagship smartphones have been applauded to go up against the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While it may be too early to judge the smartphones’ performance, the camera results have arrived. The Mate 10 Pro has been tested on DxOMark, considered to be smartphone photography’s most trusted benchmark.
On DxoMark, the Mate 10 Pro has achieved a total score of 97 points ranking it second so far. The Google Pixel 2 currently leads with a score of 98. With this score the Mate 10 Pro managed to beat the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. In terms of specifics, the Mate 10 Pro sports a dual-camera setup at the rear which is engineered in collaboration with Leica. The setup includes a combination of a 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor of f/1.6 aperture, Leica optics, and dual-tone LED flash. The dual-camera setup features include 2x lossless zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus, along with 4K video recording capabilities.
Overall, the Mate 10 Pro is said to be achieve best results at still photography where it has a sub-score of 100 points like the Galaxy Note 8. DxOMark says that the Mate 10 Pro’s key strengths include “good exposures, particularly in indoor conditions; a very good wide aperture mode, which produces a mild, but attractive bokeh effect with few artifacts; and outstanding autofocus performance.” ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro top features: From OLED display to AI-based Kirin 970 chipset
The Mate 10 Pro’s video capabilities are impressive as well with a sub-score of 91 points. It’s video plus points include fast and accurate autofocus, along with good tracking capabilities and low levels of noise. Testing the Mate 10 Pro in different backgrounds, the smartphone when used in outdoors and bright light conditions “generally delivers good target exposure, even in tricky high-contrast scenes, where both shadows and highlight detail are well-preserved. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs OnePlus 5: Dual cameras compared
In low-light conditions, the Mate 10 Pro’s exposures are regarded excellent with producing a dynamic range in indoor pictures. Usage of flash on the Mate 10 Pro is “excellent, producing nice exposures with accurate white balance and color rendering”. The Mate 10 Pro uses the 20-megapixel sensor for zoom, and even with the 2X zoom, the smartphone didn’t preserve good detail as compared to the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8. In addition to this, going beyond 2x zoom makes loss of detail more prevalent. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5s Plus: Dual cameras compared
The Wide Aperture on the Mate 10 Pro creates a bokeh effect which DxoMark says is better than the iPhone 8 Plus’s Portrait Mode. Shooting videos on the Mate 10 Pro also brought some negative points which include “a noticeable orange cast under tungsten lighting”, and “visible highlight clipping in high-contrast scenes”. In conclusion, the Mate 10 Pro’s dual-camera setup is said to be different but in an excellent way. ALSO READ: Honor 9i review: A smartphone trying to be perfect