Huawei, the Chinese smartphone manufacturing giant has finally revealed this year’s iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8’s competitor, Huawei Mate 10 and has thus ended this year’s war of the flagships.

In the last two months, we have witnessed the launch of iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 which have proved themselves the most powerful smartphones of this year. The two undoubtedly pack some extra punch in terms of high-tech hardware and features but none of us would’ve guessed that Huawei will beat them at their own game

Also Read: 8 Best Features of Huawei Mate 10

The two smartphones undoubtedly pack some extra punch in terms of high-tech hardware and features but none of us would’ve guessed that Huawei will beat them at their own game with some incredible features in its new Mate 10

Huawei’s new flagship device is all about AI this fall but does it deserve to stand tall against its two big rivals? Let’s review the different features of the three devices by pitting them against each other (on paper of course).


  • Huawei Mate 10: 5.9 inches (2160×1440) RGBW HDR Display
  • Galaxy Note 8: 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED
  • iPhone X: 5.8 inches (1125 x 2436) Super AMOLED

Samsung this year introduced its beautiful infinity display which can make anyone fall in love with the Galaxy Note 8. Apple followed the example of the South Korean company and introduced its near bezel-less display which is curvier around the edges as compared to the Note 8 but the tiny notch at the top that houses a front-facing camera and sensors is a major turn off.

Also Read: 6 Best Features of Apple’s iPhone X

Huawei Mate 10, on the other hand, has gone above and beyond our expectations and has introduced a glossy glass back which is a 100% improvement from the matte metal finish present on Mate 9. It is larger than the iPhone X and thus offers more screen usability.

Galaxy Note 8 apart from having a large screen, boasts a Quad HD+, which translates to 2960 x 1440 for a pixel density of 521ppi which is higher than both iPhone X, which has 1125 x 2436 pixels, for 458 ppi pixel density, and Huawei Mate 10 which features1440 x 2560 pixels resolution with 499 ppi density.

Though all devices have excelled in providing a better display to the user, the Galaxy Note 8 deserves a shout out for providing more vibrant colors.


  • Huawei Mate 10: Hisilicon Kirin 970, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD up to 256GB
  • Galaxy Note 8:Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895, 6GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage, microSD up to 256GB
  • iPhone X: Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM, 64/256GB storage

Galaxy Note 8 comes with the latest Qualcomm 835 chipset (for US and China models) or Exynos 8895 chipset whereas Apple has introduced the fastest A11 Bionic chipset that helps the device run like a beast.

While all of them are praiseworthy but none of the companies came close to providing an AI-enabled chipset like the Kirin 970. Huawei Mate 10 doesn’t need the cloud to tap into the phone’s AI capabilities as all can be done via the chip.

Galaxy Note 8 offers a 6GB RAM, bigger than Huawei Mate 10 and iPhone X which has 4GB RAM and 3GB RAM respectively. Huawei claims that its new device provides faster processing than its competitors where the chips AI can learn over 100 million images for real-time object recognition.

AI can also help make a camera intelligent by recognizing different scenes and objects and thus has won us over in this category.


  • Huawei Mate 10: Dual 12MP+ 20MP back and 8MP front camera
  • Galaxy Note 8: Dual 12 MP back and 8MP front camera
  • iPhone X: Dual 12 MP back and 7MP front camera

Samsung for the first time ever has introduced a dual camera with the launch of Galaxy Note 8 which honestly has surprised many Samsung lovers and haters alike.

Apple has taken a leap into the future with the introduction Augmented Reality capabilities in the iPhone X which can create an animated emojis of the user. The company’s tenth-anniversary smartphone also features a dual 12MP camera just like Note 8 with dual Optical Image Stabilization and new enhancement that promise noise reduction and improved color reproduction.

Huawei as always showed the prowess of its Leica camera that with the help of AI can recognize an object in the real-time and automatically adjusting the camera settings.

AI image recognition

It can by default recognize 13 scenes and objects with the rear camera. Huawei Mate 10 has 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, f/1.6, AI-powered Bokeh Effect and AI-powered Digital Zoom.


  • Huawei Mate 10: 4000 mAh
  • Galaxy Note 8: 3300 mAh
  • iPhone X: 2716 mAh

After the whole Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung has played it safe this time with a 3300 mAh battery who thankfully hasn’t blown up yet. Apple on the other hand never discloses the battery capacity of its smartphones so the number is actually estimated by the tech analysts.

Huawei Mate 10 boats a massive 4000 mAh battery just like its predecessor and like all its flagship devices, it has SuperCharge feature which, to be honest, is a lifesaver if you’re running out of battery.

Mate 10 supercharge

The battery capacity has never been much of a problem for Apple as the software optimization helps the company to provide just the same amount of battery life to its smartphone. We cannot crown any single phone in this category but the SuperCharge feature definitely makes Huawei Mate 10 an attractive bet.

Operating System

  • Huawei Mate 10: Android Oreo
  • Galaxy Note 8: Android Nougat
  • iPhone X: iOS 11

Huawei Mate 10 features the latest Android Oreo which gives it an edge over the Galaxy Note 8 which still is hooked onto Android Nougat.

Mate 10 Oreo

iPhone X surely gives user the taste of this year’s iOS 11 and yes I know the debate of iOS vs Android is a never-ending topic but Android Oreo because of its new safety and security features compels us to give extra points to the Mate 10 but we still have to test the company’s new EMUI 8.0.


  • Huawei Mate 10: €699 or Rs. 86,914 (Price in Rs. may vary at the time of launch)
  • Galaxy Note 8: Rs. 108,999
  • iPhone X: $999 or  Rs. 105,219 (Price in Rs. may vary at the time of launch)

Huawei Mate 10 comes with a way less price tag as compared to the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, continuing its tradition of providing quality smartphones that most people can actually buy. Considering the prices of the device, Huawei is a definite yes as it is offering an AI riddled smartphone with a reasonable price tag.

Also Read: Highlights of Galaxy Note 8 Launch Event in Pakistan

Galaxy Note 8 has already launched in Pakistan whereas the iPhone X still has to make a global entry which will most likely happen in November. HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available starting in late October but it will make its way into the Pakistani market in November.