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Huawei Mate 10 passes through TENAA with an 18:9 display

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 a dual camera and the new house processor, the Kirin 970, made with a 10 nanometer process. The device was just certified by TENAA, revealing an 18:9 display.

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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.

Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Lite

Separate sets of rumors have discussed the possibilities of a Mate 10 Lite and a Mate 10 Pro to be launched alongside the Mate 10. It's likely that there will be multiple versions of the Mate 10, given that there were Mate 9 Pro, Lite and Porsche Design versions. The latest rumor from China cites an anonymous Weibo user, who claims that a Mate 10 Pro could be released by Huawei with a bezel-less design and rear fingerprint scanner, while the regular Mate 10 would have a normal screen and front fingerprint scanner. 

Huawei Mate 10: design

The Huawei Mate 10 just passed through the Chinese equivalent of the FCC. This TENAA certification means it's nearly ready to hit the market, and it reveals some other interesting information about the device as well. Regarding the display, the Mate 10 will measure 5.9 inches diagonally, have a 2:1 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080 x 2160. But, we don't expect it to have rounded corners like the LG V30, LG G6, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or S8.

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Huawei Mate 10 / © TENAA

The dimensions with be 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm, and it will weigh 164 grams thanks in part to the 3,240 mAh battery. That's lighter than the 190 gram Mate 9, which had a 4,000 mAh battery. It looks like it will ship in two colors, blue and gold.

With the Mate 10, Huawei will be joining the the ranks of the bezel-free according to its CEO Richard Yu. In two newly leaked live images of the device, you can see that there are basically no bezels at all to the right and left of the screen. Though, there are thin bezels to accommodate a front camera and speaker on the top, and a Huawei logo at the bottom. Notably missing is the home button, which did appear in a recent leak from the notorious @OnLeaks, which we'll talk about next.

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Live images of the new Mate 10. / © 91mobiles / TechMSD

In the tweet below, you can clearly see a home button at the bottom of the device. This render is based on factory CAD data, so it's likely to be accurate if the source is trustworthy. Take it all with a grain of salt, as we can't be 100 percent certain whether or not the Mate 10 will have a home button. Though, the dual camera is a sure thing.

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.

Huawei Mate 10: camera

Huawei has stepped in to confirm previous rumors that the Mate 10 would have a dual camera, just like its predecessor, and to have a little jab at Samsung. With the recent debut of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8, the South Korean firm is undeniably late to the dual camera party. Huawei tweeted an image of four of its phones, all featuring dual cameras, along with their respective release dates. Among them was the P9, Mate 9, P10 and the new Mate 10. Due to be revealed on October 16, the new Mate 10 wasn't labeled by name, but by a rather shady hashtag instead #beyondthegalaxy.

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



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  • This is the Huawei Meimang 6

  • My s8 is a "BEAST"..i have none of these issues in these comments what so ever. Lol

  • What are the three phone and os

  • This is one of the best articles I have come across. Keep up the good work.

  • I have had a Mate 9 and traded it for a S8+ for two reasons: Huawei phones do not support Wifi calling, and their version of Bluetooth 4 is "wonky" would not connect to several of my headphones that my older phone would. If Huawei addresses those issues with the Mate 10, I would certainly consider it because the Mate 9 had otherwise excellent features...i.e., the longest battery life and fastest acting fingerprint sensor of any phone I've ever owned.

    • RMDC 3 weeks ago Link to comment

      I ditched my S8+ because of BT issues. Just google Galaxy S8 bluetooth skips - you'll see what many people are experiencing and Samsung still has yet to fix. After that issue and the note 7 fiasco, I'm done with samsung.

  • 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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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