Dec 23rd, 2017 publishUpdated   Sep 11th, 2021, 9:44 am

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is one of the few Android flagships to feature an ample 4,000mAh battery. Combined with the phone’s dedicated NPU which uses AI to intelligently monitor battery drain on the device, Mate 10 Pro should have the chops to take you throughout an entire day’s use and then some.

The Mate 10 Pro features Huawei’s SuperCharge technology and I was curious to see how long it would take to fully juice up that beefy battery, especially when compared against Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging (Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Note 8, etc.), or the OnePlus 5T and its stellar Dash Charge technology.

I ran the battery down to 0% and carefully monitored how long it would take to fully charge the Mate 10 Pro, marking its progress in 10-minute intervals. For this test I used the stock USB-A to Type C cable and SuperCharge power adapter that comes with the device which outputs at 5V/2A, 4.5V/5A, or 5V/4.5A depending on battery level and other factors.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro charging time

  • 10 min – 16%
  • 20 min – 35%
  • 30 min – 51%
  • 40 min – 66%
  • 50 min – 77%
  • 60 min – 85%
  • 70 min – 89%
  • 80 min – 100%

Total: 1 hour 20 min

Generally speaking, most fast charging methods take around the same amount of time to hit a full charge, that’s just how fast charging works. You get a juice pumping through the battery at first, then things slow down considerably the closer the phone gets to 100%. This helps preserve battery health and ensures longevity.  What you want to pay attention to is how quickly the phone hits that 50% – 75% mark.

Interestingly enough, charging on the Mate 10 Pro was consistent and extremely fast, comparable to Dash Charging on the OnePlus 5T which took about the same amount of time to reach a full charge (but has a smaller 3,300mAh battery). The Mate 10 Pro’s charging speeds still mop the floor with the Pixel 2 XL which took a full 2 hours 43 minutes to hit a full charge, or even the Galaxy Note 8 which took 1 hour 47 minutes. All of those devices have smaller batteries than the Mate 10 Pro.

While fast charging speeds are more of an added benefit when it comes to choosing Android devices, extremely slow charging can be a huge inconvenience, even if it’s rarely a deal breaker. What say you guys? Would you be more interested in a phone that charges quickly? Would you be leery of a phone that charged extremely slow?

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