In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 series.
The Huawei Mate 9 is a great device that hasn’t quite grabbed as much attention on the market as a lot of its rivals. This year, Huawei plans on changing that with its successor. Once again, the Mate 10 will fall into the phablet territory thanks to its large screen and will go head to head with the likes of the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and the upcoming Google Pixel 2 XL, among other devices.
Huawei has confirmed that just like last year, we can also expect to see the Pro version of the upcoming Mate 10 smartphone. Will it be a China-exclusive model just like its predecessor? Well, anything is possible at this point, as Huawei hasn’t shared any info on this topic yet. However, the fact that the Mate 10 Pro will actually be revealed in Europe makes us think that the phablet should be available on the old continent and possibly even in the US.
Additionally, we might also see a third Mate device announced. GSMArena has received a tip from a Huawei distributor claiming that the Mate 10 Lite will also revealed — likely alongside the other two models — although this hasn’t officially been confirmed yet. The device will offer less in terms of hardware but will, therefore, be more budget-friendly.
To find out exactly where and when the smartphones will be revealed, check out our “Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro: Release date and price” post.
To have any chance of truly sparking consumer interest and competing against the smartphones mentioned above, the upcoming Mate 10 handsets have to bring quite a few new things to the table. Just having the top-of-the-line specs doesn’t cut it in this day and age, which means Huawei will have to focus more on design, price, and unique, signature features that would make the smartphones stand out from the crowd.
In this post, we take a closer look at the likely Huawei Mate 10, 10 Pro, and 10 Lite specs, features, and design, to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Keep in mind that most of the things you’ll read down below are rumors for now, as they haven’t been confirmed by Huawei yet. As usual, the company likely won’t reveal any specific details about the upcoming smartphones prior to their reveal.
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Huawei Mate 10 series: Specs
Just like its predecessors, the Mate 10 Pro will feature high-end specs that should be right up there with the best smartphones on the market. In an interview with Bloomberg, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, shared a few details about the upcoming device. He said that it will be more powerful than Apple’s recently revealed iPhone X, and also added that we can expect to see a much longer battery life, a “full-screen display”, quicker changing speeds, improvements in the camera department, and many other features.
Starting with the screen, rumors out of China claim that the device will feature a 6-inch “Full Active” LCD display with a resolution 2,880 x 1,440 pixels that will be made by Japan Display. For comparison, the one on the Mate 9 is slightly smaller at 5.9-inches and has a Full HD resolution.
The display is said 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 (sort of), and a few other handsets. This will make the Mate 10 Pro slightly taller as well as a bit narrower when compared to your average smartphone.
Huawei’s upcoming phablet will be powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, which has been confirmed by the company’s CEO. The flagship SoC was officially revealed at IFA 2017 and features built-in AI computing capabilities. You can learn more about it by checking out the post written by our very own Gary Sims here.
The device will likely have 6 GB of RAM just like one of its main competitors — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — and could come with 64 and 128 GB of storage, according to the latest rumors.
Of course, we also expect to see a dual-camera setup on the back of the Mate 10 Pro. This has recently been confirmed by Huawei Australia with a tweet that also took a shot at the Galaxy Note 8. It basically welcomed the Samsung device to the dual-camera family, something that the Chinese manufacturer has been making use of since April 2016 with the Huawei P9 series. The image posted also includes one of the upcoming Mate 10 devices, with the #beyondthegalaxy hashtag on top.
As usual with Huawei’s high-end devices, we can expect to see a Leica-branded RGB/monochrome camera setup on the back. According to a teaser video released by the company (see below), the setup will feature 12 and 20 MP sensors, just like the Mate 9. VentureBeat also claims that the setup will have a lens with an f/1.6 aperture. As you may know, the only smartphone on the market right now with that camera aperture is the LG V30.
What’s also interesting is that some rumors claim the device will be equipped with two cameras on the front, just like the Oppo F3 and a few other smartphones. This would make the Mate 10 popular among selfie lovers, allowing them to capture those fancy bokeh photos.
The battery is said to remain the same at 4,000 mAh and should support Huawei’s Super Charge technology. Although the battery’s capacity won’t get upgraded, the battery life should be better when compared to the Mate 9 if the new chipset proves to be more energy-efficient than its predecessor. Other rumors also point to a facial recognition feature and a microSD card slot.
The Mate 10, on the other hand, is expected to be similar to the Pro version in terms of specs. The smartphone will be powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, and we also expect it to be equipped with the same dual-camera setup.
However, it will definitely offer a bit less in terms of hardware, although there’s no word right now on what exactly can we expect. Our best guess is that the device might have a screen with a lower resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, less storage, and possibly even less RAM — 4 GB.
As far as the Mate 10 Lite is concerned, a new report from VentureBeat claims via unnamed sources that the phone will have a large 5.9-inch 1,080 x 2,160 display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. In addition, the report says it will have a 16 MP rear camera and a 13 MP front-facing camera, and both of them will have a secondary 2 MP sensor as well to help add things like bokeh effects to images.
Inside, Blass claims it will have Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 659 processor running at at 2.36 GHz, along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, plus a 3,340 mAh battery. He also claims that it will officially launch in November in Europe for €379, or about $455.
Huawei Mate 10 series: Software
Last year’s Mate 9 launched with Android 7.0 Nougat on board along with a new version of Huawei’s user interface, EMUI 5. Therefore, we expect the Mate 10 series to run the recently announced Android 8.0 Oreo with an upgraded version of its UI, likely to be called EMUI 6.
The latest version of Android brings quite a few new features to the table, which you can read all about here. What exactly we can expect to see from EMUI 6, unfortunately, isn’t known at this time. Huawei’s user interface is quite heavy, so to speak, but has improved with each new version. With EMUI 5, for example, you can enable the app drawer, which wasn’t possible in previous versions. There are also quite a few customization options available, which are always good to have.
That being said, EMUI definitely isn’t the most popular skin out there, as it does change the look and feel of Android quite a bit. It kind of tries to imitate Apple’s iOS in a few ways, which some love while other hate.
The software experience is extremely important to users, and Huawei has to step up its game in this department to make the Mate 10 series and other future devices more appealing to users. OnePlus has been doing a great job in this department with its light OxygenOS user interface offering a bunch of customization options that don’t get in the way if you don’t want to use them. Lenovo, on the other hand, has decided to ditch its Vibe Pure UI, meaning all of its upcoming smartphones will feature stock Android. Although we don’t expect Huawei to do the same thing, a lighter UI would be nice, which would also help the company push out updates faster.
Huawei Mate 10 series: Design
Let’s start with the flagship of the series, the Mate 10 Pro. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any official images of the device yet, but have heard a few design rumors and come across a couple of fan-made renders that might help us figure out what the smartphones will look like.
Huawei has confirmed that the Mate 10 Pro will be the company’s first full display smartphone, likely meaning that it will have extremely thin bezels like the Essential Phone and a few other devices. Rumors claim that its screen-to-body ratio will be even higher than that of the Galaxy S8, so more than 83.6 percent.
Opting for a bezel-less design is definitely the way to go for Huawei, as it will make the large device a bit more compact. Also, because the Note 8 and the V30 feature thin bezels, Huawei has no choice but to go down the same road to remain competitive.
The Mate 10 Pro’s fingerprint scanner will likely be located on the back of the device, below the cameras, as there just won’t be enough room up front. Although we have heard rumors that Huawei might opt for an in-display scanner, that probably won’t happen. The technology reportedly isn’t quite ready yet, which is why Samsung hasn’t used it on the Note 8.
Again, we haven’t seen any official images of the device yet, but we have come across a concept video and a few renders made by Huawei’s fans based on the latest rumors. Check them out below.
The Mate 10, on the other hand, will likely look a bit different than the Pro model. OnLeaks has teamed up with Priceraja and released 3D renders based on CAD drawings that show the alleged design of the phablet. You can check out the short video and a couple of images below.
As you can see, the Mate 10 might come with larger bezels than the 10 Pro and could also have the fingerprint scanner located on the front. This means that the front of the device will look quite a bit different when compared to the flagship of the series, while the differences on the back will probably be more subtle.
The most recent leaked image gives us an even better look at the Mate 10, although it only shows the front of the device. Posted on Twitter by Evan Blass, it basically tells us the same story as the images above, which is that the handset won’t have a completely bezel-less design and will sport a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Here’s Mate 10 in the wild, via tip. pic.twitter.com/yFzIVoxokH
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2017
Blass has also posted renders of the Mate 10 Lite on his new VentureBeat article, along with an actual picture showing the front side of the phone. The renders show the fingerprint sensor on the back, below the camera, and also shows the colors the Mate 10 Lite will have: blue, black, and gold.
So, there you have it. These are all the rumors we have come across so far regarding the specs, features, and design of the Mate 10 series. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.
Meanwhile, do let us know your thoughts on Huawei’s upcoming phablets. How do you think they will stack up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30? Let us know in the comments.