Hot off the heels of the Mate 10, Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is now available Australia wide. If you're after Huawei's latest on a contract, Optus is your only choice, with plans starting at $75 per month. The full range is as follows:
If you pick up your Mate 10 Pro on a 24-month contract, Optus will throw in a bonus Huawei 360 Panoramic VR Camera valued at $179. While most 360-degree cameras are standalone devices that sync with smartphones via Wi-Fi, Huawei's plugs directly into a phone's USB Type-C port. This means it can use the phone's storage, removing the need for an extra memory card.
If you'd prefer to go outright, the Mate 10 Pro is also available through Amaysim, Vaya, and Mobileciti for $1,099. Amaysim will throw in three free renewals of any of its plan as a bonus, which is worth up to $150 if you take the new 20GB plan. You can nab the Mate 10 Pro in either blue or "mocha brown" outright, but Optus is only ranging it in blue.
The Mate 10 Pro continues Huawei's partnership with Leica and features a dual rear-facing camera setup co-engineered with the luxury camera manufacture. This is made up a 12MP primary camera and a 20MP secondary monochrome camera used to capture extra detail and simulate DSLR-like bokeh. Both lenses have an aperture of f/1.6, which Huawei says lets in 90% more light than the Mate 9.
Notably, sensor quality tester DxOMark gave the Mate 10 Pro's camera a score of 97, one point behind the Google Pixel 2, which is currently the highest rated smartphone camera on the market. The iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 both achieved scores of 94.
DxOMark scores are from the be all and end all when it comes to smartphone cameras, but they can nonetheless be a good indicator of quality.
Other key specifications for the Mate 10 Pro include a 6-inch 18:9 1080p display, a Huawei-made Kirin 970 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of non-expandable storage, IP67 water-resistance, and a 4000mAH battery. The Mate 10 Pro is the world's first smartphone to feature a "category 18" modem. This means it could theoretically achieve download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps over 4G networks.