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Get a first look at the bezel-less Huawei Mate 10

Huawei is continuing on its path to exceptional growth. After promising sales numbers for its Mate 9, the Chinese manufacturer is readying its successor, the Mate 10, for an October debut. This iteration should arrive in a competitive market ready to win with the new house processor, the Kirin 970, made with a 10 nanometer process. A first look at the device has finally arrived, courtesy of Weibo.

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Huawei Mate 10: release date and price

The Huawei Mate 10 will be launched on October 16 in Munich, Germany. Rumors suggest that the Lite version may also be announced at the same time but we haven't had any confirmation on this yet. If the same rumors are to be believed, the Mate 10 could come at a hefty $1100, which is a big jump up from the $599 of its predecessor, the Mate 9.

Huawei's goal is to someday surpass Apple and Samsung, and with the launch of the Mate 10 soon, it hopes to take steps toward that goal by outshining the upcoming tenth anniversary iPhone 8. Both of these new flagships will be unveiled around the same time, but Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, told Bloomberg that the Mate 10 will be "an even more powerful product."

He continues with details, "The Mate 10, which has much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker changing [sic] speed, better photographing capability and many other features that will help us compete with Apple." Yu also revealed that Huawei will stop making low-end devices because it isn't profitable enough as the firm continues to expand globally with a focus on Europe, China and Japan.

Huawei Mate 10: design

Images of the Mate 10 have surfaced on the Chinese social network Weibo, and it looks a lot different than the Mate 9. These images, which could be the first look at the phone, show the front and back of the device. On the front, we find a bezel-less display. On the back, there's a Leica branded dual camera, like on the P10, and a fingerprint scanner. The whole package is rounded off nicely by a flattering uni-body brushed metal design. See it all for yourself below:

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A first look at the Huawei Mate 10 in silver and black. / © Weibo user C数码

Huawei Mate 10: technical specs

The upcoming Huawei Mate 10 could be a performance monster. According to analyst Pan Jiutang, Huawei's future phablet is expected to offer the latest Kirin 970 processor, also made by Huawei. The Kirin 970 would be engraved in 10 nanometers instead of 16 nanometers, as was the case with Kirin 960 of the Huawei P10. In general, a smaller semiconductor size results in greater energy efficiency and better performance.

This new processor could even match Samsung's latest SoC, the Exynos 8895 and the Snapdragon 835. Moreover, this Kirin 970 processor would offer 8 cores, 4 ARM Cortex-A73 clocked at 3 GHz and 4 ARM Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.8 Ghz. On the graphics side, Huawei should also evolve with a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU.

What do you think of the rise of Huawei? Are you looking forward to the Mate 10?

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  • Mate 9 has been a great phone following my note 4. Lets hope the mate 10 has a flat screen. The battery life has been really good, still fine after almost a year. I hope the mate 10 is not to much larger. If they can build in some good speakers with Bluetooth 5 it would be a great package and be a top spot contender.

  • Reg Joo 13 hours ago Link to comment

    I like the look of a flush design on the rear, and am used to rear fingerprint sensor(there are workarounds). Will it be rootable? I ask that , because when the mfg decides to slow update, or no update, I want the choice to update myself. My honor has had 7.1.2 since may, and my model from the mfg, hasn't seen nougat, or emui yet, or ever.

  • Rothman 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Hope that it will not fool our customers again with different types of flash memory like it did on P10.

  • Mate 9 been a great phone, if they can improve on it and keep the price realistic its going to be one for the top spot. Samsung are great but battery always lets them down. Its got to last all day under normal use, none of my Samsungs have done this, the mate 9 still has 40% late in the evening.

  • I hope this phone won't be over-priced because if it is over-priced not a lot will be sold so if Huawei play their cards right it might get close to the S8 MAYBE!

  • storm 1 month ago Link to comment

    The kirins have seemed to underperform their specs in past releases. Any reason to think otherwise this time around?

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