Battery and benefits: all day and more
At 4,000mAh, the Mate 10 Pro battery is above and beyond most flagship phones – and that’s with a lower-resolution 1080p display to power, to boot. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL has a more than respectable 3,520mAh battery, but with a powerful Quad HD panel inside.
In our testing, however, we found the Pixel 2 XL’s battery to be more than capable: it lasted a full day of heavy use, still leaving us about a third of its life at night. That’s on par with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and ahead of the OnePlus 5. But the Mate 10 Pro still outperforms it, delivering a stronger remaining cache of battery life at the end of a busy day. while lighter users might just get two solid days. from a single charge. It’s impressive.
As for storage, neither is expandable. You’ll get 128GB with the Mate 10 Pro, or your choice of 64GB or 128GB on the Pixel 2 XL.
As for other perks, the Pixel 2 XL has two notable ones. The first is Daydream VR, which offers apps and games way above Google Cardboard, albeit far below the level of Rift or Vive. And then there are the Active Edge pressure sensitive sides, which allow you to access the Google Assistant anytime with a squeeze.
We believe more people will use both than the Mate 10 Pro’s desktop mode, which lets you plug in an external monitor and pair a Bluetooth keyboard for a PC-like experience wherever you are. This will be practical for some people, but probably very little overall.
With a potential advantage in battery life and more storage in the base model, however, we’re giving the Mate 10 Pro that category. The other bits are relatively minor advantages.
Winner: Huawei mate 10 pro