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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?