Specs Comparison: Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate 9

Specs Comparison: Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate 9

Huawei just released its newest flagship phablet — the Mate 10 and before then, it has already been the talk of the community. In this episode of our specs comparison, we will be looking at the company’s newest device and compare it with its predecessor, the Mate 9. Let’s begin!

The Huawei Mate 10 had a significant upgrade from its last version. It has a 5.9″ IPS LCD display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1440 resolution. It also carries the flagship chipset from company itself which is the Kirin 970, a 64GB /128GB + UFS 2.1 internal storage, a 4GB RAM, a 12MP RGB + 20MP mono dual Leica optic rear cameras with dual-tone flash, and a 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge technology.

The Huawei Mate 9 made its way around consumers back in early 2017. It has a 5.9″ full HD IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a Kirin 960 chipset, a 64GB internal storage, a 4GB RAM, a 12MP RGB + 20MP monochrome dual-Leica rear cameras with LED flash, a 8MP front camera, and a 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge technology.

Let us look at their detailed specs

Huawei Mate 10Huawei Mate 9
5.9-inch 16:9 IPS LCD display @ 2560 x 14405.9-inch full HD IPS LCD display @ 1920 x 1080
Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR 10Corning Gorilla Glass 3, HDR
2.4GHz Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970HiSilicon Kirin 960 2.4GHz octa-core
Mali G72 MP12 GPUMali-G71 MP8
64, 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage64GB internal storage
-Expandable via microSD
12MP RGB + 20MP Mono dual Leica optic rear cameras with dual-tone Flash: f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics20MP monochrome sensor + 12MP RGB sensor with F2.2 aperture, OIS Dual Leica rear cameras
8MP front camera8MP front camera with F1.9 aperture
Dual SIMDual 4G, Dual SIM, dual Standby (hybrid)
4G LTE CAt.18 (1.2Gbps)4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNAWiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint sensor
IP53 water and dust resistance-
IR BlasterIR Blaster
USB Type-CUSB Type-C
4000mAh battery with SuperCharge4,000mAh battery
EMUI 8.0 (Android 8 Oreo)Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0
classic black, champagne gold, pink gold, mocha brownAgate Red, Topaz Blue, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White, Black, Obsidian Black
186g190 g
150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2mm156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm

Here are the advantages of each smartphone.

Huawei Mate 10

+ Higher screen aspect ratio

+ Higher screen resolution

+ HDR 10

+ Better performing CPU

+Better performing GPU

+ Next-gen Leica lenses

+ LTE Cat.18


+ Bluetooth 5.0

+ IP53 water and dust resistance

+ Android 8 out-of-the-box

Huawei Mate 9

+ Less expensive

+ More colors to choose from

As we can see from its specs alone, the Mate 10 is definitely an upgrade from the Mate 9. But first, let us check their differences in each aspect.

For the display, having a 16:9 screen aspect ratio with 2560 x 1440 resolution already proves that it has a better viewing experience for users. Another factor that will affect the viewing experience is its screen-to-body ratio which is 81.6% and it is higher than the Mate 9. With this, you can almost feel like you are watching without any borders on your device.

As for the CPU and GPU department, the Kirin 970 is Huawei’s latest chipset and aside from its performance, it also has a support for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Comparing it with the Kirin 960 of the Mate 9, we can only confirm its difference by testing it on benchmarking applications but we can safely assume that the former is better performing than the latter. As for the GPU, the Mate 10 carries a Mali G72 MP12 which is an upgrade from the Mali G71 MP8 of the Mate 9. Users will definitely not have problems when it comes to playing games on any of these smartphones since they are still top of the line in terms of both CPU and GPU.

In terms of camera quality, we have not yet tested the new generation of Leica lenses that the Mate 10 has since it  just has been released. Once we get our hands on it, we will definitely test it out but for now, other than the lenses, their camera resolutions are the same. We made a review for the Mate 9 and took sample photos in which you can view here.

For their battery, it is apparent that they possess the same battery capacity with the same charging technology. Users won’t have any problems charging any of these smartphones as it has a SuperCharge technology which is similar to the QuickCharge or FastCharge technology on other brands.

We will have to give a special mention to the features of the Mate 10 that the Mate 9 doesn’t have. One notable feature is the former’s IP 53 dust and water resistance. Users can now have a fewer worry moments when going to beaches or any areas with water with this feature. Another one is the capability of the smartphone to become a PC once connected with a single cable. Because of the Kirin 970’s AI capabilities, this device can now have suggestive functions like dimming brightness for bedtime reading and other functions you normally do with it as the NPU learns your patterns.

For the overall performance, the Huawei Mate 10 is definitely an upgrade and has the upper hand in this comparison. We can expect more from this smartphone when it reaches our county.

The Huawei Mate 10 is priced at EUR699 (~Php42,300) while the Huawei Mate 9 is priced at Php31,999 (see price listing here)

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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3 Responses

  1. jazz says:

    Please verify again your spec’s for Huawei Mate 10. As far as I have read, it is Bluetooth v4.2, Cat 16 and NOT water and dust resistant.

    • Vaughn Chua says:

      Hi, we have corrected the bluetooth version,however, there is an IP53 certification for the Mate 10 and IP67 for the Mate 10 Pro :)

  2. Anon says:

    Hindi ba expandable storage ang M10? Di ba yung M10 Pro yun?

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