Indeed Huawei Mate 9 is a great device, but it didn’t get the needed attention. This year, Huawei is back with the Mate 9’s successor. Once again, the Mate 10 will be in the phablet category thanks to its expansive display and will go head to head with the likes of the flagship phones from big names like Galaxy Note 8 and the upcoming LG V30, Google Pixel 2 XL, and what will probably be called the iPhone 8.
To make it interesting enough, Huawei have to work a little harder. Only top-of-the-line specs won’t work, which means Huawei needs to focus on design, price and must bring some outstanding and distinctive features to go head to head with other high-end flagships.
Below are the Mate 10’s specs, features and design that will give you a better insight into what to expect from the upcoming phone.
Keep in mind that these are just the rumours for now as the company has neither revealed nor confirmed any of these yet. As usual, the company probably won’t disclose any specific details about the upcoming smartphone ahead of its reveal.
Huawei Mate 10: Specs
Similar to the previous handsets, the Mate 10 will have high-end specs. In an interview with Bloomberg, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, shared scant details about the upcoming phone. He is confident that the upcoming flagship will be powerful enough to compete with the iPhone 8 and also added that we can expect to see improved battery life, a “full-screen display”, faster-charging speed, improved camera, and much more.
Beginning with the screen, rumours out of China claim that the phone will sport a 6-inch “Full Active” LCD display with a resolution 2,160×1,080 pixels that will be manufactured by Japan Display.
The display is also expected to be bezel-less so to speak with an aspect ratio of 2:1, just like the one on the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 (kind of), and a few other devices. However, some rumours claim that we might see two versions: the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. Only the latter is said to sport the bezel-less display.
Huawei’s upcoming flagship is said to be powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, which should make its debut with the device and will then likely also be used in the successor to the P10. Unfortunately, there’s no information on the amount of RAM yet. But we think it might have a 4GB of RAM similar to its predecessor.
Undoubtedly, we expect that the phone will also feature a dual camera setup on the rear. This has recently been confirmed by Huawei Australia with a tweet that also took a shot at the Galaxy Note 8.
— HuaweiMobileAu (@HuaweiMobileAU) August 24, 2017
As usual with Huawei’s high-end devices, we can expect to see a Leica-branded RGB/monochrome camera setup on the rear. According to a teaser video released by the company, the setup will feature a 12 and 20 MP sensors, just like the Mate 9.
What’s more, some rumours claim that the phone will sport dual cameras on the front, just like the Oppo F3 and a few other handsets.
The battery is said to remain the same at 4,000 mAh and should support Huawei’s Super Charge technology. Other rumours also claim to a facial recognition feature, up to 128 GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.
Huawei Mate 10: Software
We expect the Mate 10 to run the latest version of Android: Android 8.0 Oreo with an upgraded version of its UI, likely to be called EMUI 6.
The software experience is important to users, and Huawei has to step up its game in this area to make the Mate 10 and other upcoming future devices more enhanced and appealing to users.
Huawei Mate 10: Design
There isn’t much info available about the Mate 10’s design but have heard a few rumours that will pretty much help us what to expect.
The phone is expected to sport a slightly larger display with a smaller footprint than the Mate 9. Rumors propose that just like the Essential Phone and a few other handsets, the smartphone will have extremely thin bezels. Its screen-to-body ratio is said to be even more than that of the Galaxy S8, so more than 83.6 percent.
The fingerprint scanner will likely be located on the back of the device, below the cameras. Although we have come across some rumours suggesting that Huawei might opt for an in-display scanner, that might not happen. The technology reportedly isn’t quite ready yet, which is why Samsung hasn’t used it on the Note 8. And just like last year’s handset, the Mate 10 is expected to feature a metal body with a curved back that should make its grip better in the hand.
So, this was all so far. Stay tuned for more updates.