Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs iPhone X

Huawei has launched its Mate 10 Pro smartphone in South Africa, offering great performance and AI capabilities.

The device starts at R17,999 and is set to compete against the iPhone X in the high-end smartphone segment.

Both the iPhone X and Mate 10 Pro boast impressive features and hardware, and modern, bezel-less designs.

To see how the devices compare, we detailed the specifications, pricing, and features of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Apple iPhone X below.


Apple has not officially disclosed certain iPhone X specifications, such as RAM or battery capacity, but information from iFixit’s teardown of the device provides hardware insights.

Specifications Mate 10 Pro iPhone X
Dimensions 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
Weight 178g 174g
OS Android 8.0 iOS 11
Display 6-inch 1,080 x 2,160 OLED HDR10 5.8-inch 1,125 x 2,436 OLED HDR10
Rear camera 12MP RGB + 20MP Mon Dual 12MP
Front Camera 8MP 7MP
Storage 128GB 64GB/256GB
Processor Kirin 970 A11 Bionic
Battery 4,000mAh 2,716mAh
Durability IP67 IP67
Biometrics Fingerprint Face ID
Price R17,999 Est. R20,000+


The Mate 10 Pro and iPhone X boast the latest processors, capable of driving high-quality graphics and advanced AI features.

The Mate 10 Pro is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip, which includes a 12-core GPU and octa-core CPU.

It also includes a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which drives its artificial intelligence features.

The iPhone X is one of the first Apple devices to feature the company’s A11 Bionic processor. It offers increased performance and power efficiency over previous chips and includes support for the phone’s Face ID system.

Both devices also sport OLED displays with high pixel densities.


One of the standout features of the iPhone X is its design, with nearly the entire front of the device taken up by its display.

The iPhone X also signifies a new design direction for Apple, with a home button and fingerprint reader not present on the new smartphone.

The front camera array is another new feature, which allows users to authenticate their identity through facial recognition.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro also does not feature a physical home button, but retains its fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.

Key features of the Mate 10 Pro lie in its AI capabilities and NPU chip, which allow the device to perform AI computation on the hardware – as opposed to cloud-based computing.

Users can leverage this AI processing power by automatically adjusting image quality using scene and object recognition when taking a photo, or translating text in real-time through the camera lens.

Huawei’s AI platform for the Mate 10 Pro is open to developers and companies.


Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro is priced at R17,999 and is available from the Huawei Store, Vodacom, Telkom, MTN, and Cell C.

Huawei also offers a Porsche Design version of the smartphone, which is priced at R26,999.

No official South African pricing for the iPhone X has been announced as yet, but the device is expected to sell for over R20,000 when it launches on 24 November.

Now read: Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Powerful AI in a smartphone

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