Huawei’s Mate 10 smartphone could be one of 2017’s best phones. Here’s everything we know about it so far.
Huawei’s Mate 9, which boasts a generous screen, a huge battery, and a high-quality camera, was one of 2016’s most impressive devices. Now, it seems the sequel — tentatively dubbed the Huawei Mate 10 — is right around the corner.
But the competition is fierce. Huawei’s upcoming flagship will go toe to toe with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, and potentially the Apple iPhone X too. If rumors are to believed, though, the Mate 10’s hardware will speak for itself. And Huawei’s chief of consumer tech will speak for it.
“We will have an even more powerful product,” said Yu in an interview with Bloomberg, when asked about the upcoming iPhone. “The Mate 10, which has much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker changing speed, better photographing capability, and many other features that will help us compete with Apple.”
Here’s everything we know about the Huawei Mate 10 so far.
Huawei’s P-series phones have always been the fashionable choice, but the Mate 10 may step up its game in the looks department. Mainly because for the first time, Huawei may embrace the edge-to-edge screen style adopted by Samsung and LG. How might such a phone look? Like the one pictured below, if a leak on the social network Weibo is accurate. It shows a large phone with a no bezels to the sides of the screen, and small bezels above and below it.
On the back is a dual-lens camera with Leica branding, and a fingerprint sensor, showing that Huawei is not trying to integrate one into the screen for now. A close-up look at the phone’s rear panel reveals a brushed metal effect, and a far flatter surface than we’d expect, based on previous Mate devices. The source of the images isn’t clear, so we will refer to it as a concept for now, like the image published before by MyDrivers.
Huawei has already dropped a hint we should look out for a bezel-less screen this year, after it filed for a patent with the name EntireView, which it states is a display technology. It’s being linked with the rumored Huawei Mate 10, although there’s no official word the two will come together. In response to the news, a concept device was mocked up by MyDrivers to give us an idea of what the final device may look like. Remember, this is only a fan-made concept, and by no means official.
An edge-to-edge screen on the Mate 10 has been rumored before, and the device may have a screen-to-body ratio of 83.6 percent (higher than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus), according to Android Headlines. In the same report, it’s said the fingerprint sensor may be embedded in the screen, a technology several smartphone manufacturers are trying to perfect. According to a report in gadget blog iGeekPhone, the screen will be curved and have a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolution, an upgrade from the previous generation’s HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display.
Release date and availability
Huawei has yet to reveal the Mate 10’s release date, but it won’t be long if history is any indication. The latest rumor, from Polish site Tabletowo by way of GSMArena, claims Huawei will introduce the device on October 16 at an event in Munich. The phone could launch alongside a smaller Mate 10 flagship — though at this point, no information is known about that device.
We’re expecting the Mate 10 to debut this December, ahead of a ship date during the holiday season. It will likely fall in line with the Mate series’ historical pricing — around $600 — but we’ll have to wait until later this year to find out for sure.
Huawei’s Mate series has traditionally been all about productivity, with a large screen and plenty of power. Unsurprisingl, the Mate 10 could have a beast of a mobile processor. It’s said to pack a new, Huawei designed 64-bit Kirin 970 chip with eight-cores made using a 10nm FinFet+ process . The chip may comprise of four Cortex-A73 high-speed cores (up to 3GHz), four low-power Cortex-A53 cores (up to 1.8GHz), and an i6 co-processor that juggles sensor data. A paired chip, the eight-core ARM Mali-G71 MP8, will reportedly supply graphics muscle.
The Kirin 970, along with 6GB of RAM, was also rumored for the Mate 10 in a leak published on Weibo, but the source isn’t clear. Before this, another rumor indicated there will be more to the Kirin 970 than meets the eye. According to iGeekPhone, the processor boasts improved thermal dissipation, increased power efficiency, and better overall performance than its predecessor, the Kirin 960.
Rounding out the Mate 10’s potential specification list are accouterments like GPS and Bluetooth 4.2 radios, a fingerprint scanner, and a whopping 4,900mAh or 4,000mAh battery with support for Huawei’s Super Charge 3.0 rapid charging tech. The handset is said to be compatible with LTE Cat.12 networks, and ship in storage configurations up to 128GB. Previously, rumors have given the Mate 10 8GB of RAM, rather than 6GB.
The Mate 10’s processor might be the headliner, but its cameras are no slouch either.
According to a report in iGeekPhone, the Mate 10 will feature dual rear cameras in the form of a 16MP RGB sensor (up from the Mate 9’s 12MP) and a 23MP monochrome sensor (up from 20MP), both with apertures of f/2.0, phase and laser autofocus. Interestingly, it’s rumored to sport a dual-sensor selfie camera with a 12MP and 8MP camera. It wouldn’t be the first — Oppo’s F3 has a dual-sensor selfie cam — but it would no doubt help the Mate 10 stand out in an increasingly crowded field.
Update: Leaked renders show possible bezel-less design for the Huawei Mate 10.
Published at Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:19:19 +0000