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With its glass back, large screen and powerful octa-core processor, Huawei's new Mate 10 series has Samsung's Note 8 firmly in its sights.

The Mate 10 Pro, pictured here is the flagship of the bunch and is the only one you'll find on sale in the UK. 

Beyond its 6-inch display, you'll find the latest Kirin 970 processor, a dual camera that shoots in colour and black and white and IP67 waterproofing.

At around £700 in the UK and AU$1,099 (that converts to $920), this phone isn't cheap, but solid all round performance makes it a good option to consider.

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The display has extremely narrow bezels around the side, meaning this large phone is still quite comfortable to hold. 

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On the Mate 10 Pro, there's no home button on the bottom. 

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There's not much bezel at the top either.

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The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back.

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Note the dual camera lenses. A 12-megapixel sensor shoots in colour, while the second 20-megapixel sensor only takes shots in black and white.

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There's no 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, you'll have to use bluetooth headphones or wired headphones with a USB-C jack.

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The camera interface is easy to use.

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Huawei's P10 has a similar dual-camera setup and I've been pleased with the quality of black and white images. I'm hoping for similar results here.

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Huawei says the processor is much better at recognising objects in scenes, meaning the auto mode can select the best settings for your photos.

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There's a pro mode too, if you want to take manual control over settings.

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It runs the latest Android Oreo software.

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It charges with USB-C and is IP67 rated waterproof.

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The standard Mate 10 is not waterproof, however.

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Huawei says it was too difficult to make the 3.5mm headphone jack on the standard Mate 10 waterproof.

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Both phones have the dual camera setup.

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They both have glass backs, although this is just for aesthetic reasons. Unlike the iPhone 8, Huawei hasn't used glass to allow for wireless charging.

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I like the Mate 10 Pro in this brown colour.

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The glass has apparently been reinforced.

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The standard Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch display.

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It also has a fingerprint scanner built into the home button beneath the screen.

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Both phones have 8-megapixel front-facing cameras.

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The settings menu.

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The Mate 10 in black.

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The Mate 10's fingerprint scanner.

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Both phones run Oreo.

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