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Huawei Mate 10: Here is everything we know so far

11 October 2017 0

Last year Huawei Mate 9 undoubtedly was one of the best phablet smartphone available in the market. The device key selling features were top-tier hardware, impressive camera sensors, and great battery life. From last few weeks, we have been hearing rumors that Huawei is getting ready to announce Mate 10 to compete against the top tier phablets announced in H2 2017. Today we will roundup all important details we know so far regarding the upcoming Mate 10.

The Mate 10 is the pretty important device for Huawei as it will have to create space in phablet market in the lights of iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The Mate 10 will have to prove its worth to be the worthy successor as well as the strong competitor to challenge the existing big players. The rumors and leaks give a pretty good idea about what to expect from next big phablet from Chinese giant, without any further ado, let's have a look at everything we know so far regarding Huawei Mate 10.

Launch date and price

It is confirmed that Huawei is going to announce Mate 10 on October 16th at a dedicated event in Munich Germany. The company so far released a number of teasers regarding the device announcement. The Mate 10 is internally codenamed as Marcel whereas the top of the line pro variant is dubbed as Blanc. The Mate 9 was significantly expensive than Mate 8. The Mate 9 base variant was announced for $599 whereas it cost £579 in the UK. From what we know so far the Mate 10 will be slightly more expensive whereas its Pro variant will be around $900.

The Mate 10 standard variant is expected to be released in next couple of week soon after the announcement, however, the company might delay the shipping of Mate 10 Pro till December this year.

One thing which is confirmed regarding the Mate 10 design is ultra thin bezels like most of the flagships announced this year. Huawei CEO Richard Yu already confirmed the upcoming Mate 10 will have slender bezels, the display screen-to-body ratio will be higher. The well-known tipster Evan Blass of @Evleaks also confirmed the Mate 10 will have the gigantic display.

So far all leaked renders also highlights the device has all glass front-facing design. The standard Mate 10 has the fingerprint scanner on the front facing side with dual rear cameras on the rear side. The Mate 10 Pro variant doesn't have the physical button on the front facing side but instead, it has the fingerprint scanner on the rear. The tipster claims the Mate 10 measurements are 150.2 x 77.5 x 8.4mm and its display will be of 5.9-inches. If these dimensions are accurate then Mate 10 is slightly smaller than Mate 9.

The Mate 10 Pro is heavily rumored to have 6.2-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2860 pixels. The device aspect ratio will be 18:9. The bezels around the display are ultra thin and pretty much similar to iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30. The Mate 10 Pro latest promotional poster also suggest 6.2-inches Full HD+ display.

The Mate 10 Pro will have the slightly different design with the colored strip on the rear side. It will be released in three color variants blue, black and brown. The Mate 10 Pro alleged shots reveal glass rear with shiny looks. Initial renders showcase the device metallic rear but later on all leaks showcase Mate 10 Pro with glass covering rear side. Another important thing to mention is so far none of the Mate lineup devices has glass rear, So it will be a welcome change from the Chinese manufacturer.

Facial recognition

In the last couple of weeks since the announcement of Apple iPhone X, Huawei took a number of jabs at the facial recognition feature of iPhone X. From what we know so far the Mate 10 will have iris scanner as well as facial recognition feature which puts it slightly ahead of competitors with normal facial recognition. This feature will also help the device to better perform at AR.

In a recent Facebook post-Huawei stated "facial recognition isn't for everyone" and "Unlock the future with #TheRealAIPhone." This clearly indicates Huawei wants to outclass competitors in this segment with enhanced AI capabilities. Apart from facial recognition, the AI could bring a number of features, to learn more about these features we will have to wait for the official unveiling of Huawei Mate 10.

Camera

Although we heard rumors regarding the dual front-facing snappers for the Mate Pro on the Weibo but later on the news source wasn't unknown that's why we will recommend to take it with a grain of salt or it could turn out to be completely false. Yu already confirmed Mate 10 will have better cameras and battery cell as opposed to the predecessor.

It's not a mystery because we are already aware Huawei spending a lot of money to improve their dual camera setup, they joined hands with Leica to produce optics for their dual-cameras. It won't be surprising if Huawei opts something special on the front facing side. Although the company yet to reveal any details what heard rumors the Mate 10 rear snappers will be 23MP primary sensor alongside the 20MP secondary sensor.

The Mate 10's Kirin 970 SoC and NPU for sure will bring improvements in the camera department. Huawei already claims the NPU is capable to bring live special effects as well as it will increase the device capabilities to scan images. A recent report from iGeekPhone suggests the Mate 10's RGB sensor will be 16MP module whereas the monochrome sensor will be the 23MP sensor. Both the sensors aperture size will be f/2.0. The cameras will also have laser and phase detection autofocus. The report further suggests the device dual front-facing cameras will be 12MP and 8MP. It won't be the first flagship smartphone with dual front-facing snappers, we already have Oppo F3 with dual-cameras on the front facing side. However, the dual-camera setup on the front-facing side will help the Mate 10 to be special amongst all top-tier device available in the market.

Battery

As far as battery cell is a concern, we only heard that Huawei Mate 10 will have 4,000mAh battery cell similar to its predecessor. It will support fast charging. Whether it will have wireless charging support or not, it is still in dark.

Software

Huawei Mate 10 will have Android OS with EMUI layer over it. It is still unknown whether it will be Android Oreo or the Android Nougat 7.1.1. One thing is almost confirmed the EMUI version on the Mate 10 will be a new version with overhauled visual looks. Huawei released a teaser video recently which showcase the device lock screen is totally different from what we have seen on EMUI running devices. The teaser doesn't confirm the screen resolution but it does confirm it is meant for a device with 2:1 display.

Hardware

It is evident that Huawei's currently main aim is to be the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world after Samsung. Currently, Apple is in the second position, they are looking to beat the Apple in terms of sheer power. Huawei announced their most powerful chipset up to date Kirin 970 recently and they yet to use this chipset on any premium flagship. Considering the company's history the Mate 10 will be the first device running on Kirin 970 whereas the next year P11 lineup will also have this chipset on board.

The latest Kirin 970 SoC is an Octa-core 64-bit chipset built on 10nm process. The chipset has 12-core GPU and the best thing about this chipset is its neural processing unit. The device can handle AI and device processes simultaneously. The NPU makes the Mate 10 one of the fastest smartphone in the world to handle AI tasks.

Once again Richard Yu confirmed the Mate 10 will be more powerful flagship smartphone than latest iPhone which means Huawei is looking forward to beating Apple's A11 Bionic chipset in terms of sheer power. The device base variant expected with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas the top tier variant with 128GB memory on board.

Almost all premium smartphones come with AI Assistant on board, Google Pixel lineup has Google Assistant, Apple iPhones have Siri on board, Samsung is bringing the improved version of their Bixby Assistant with each new iteration. We are expecting Amazon's Alexa will be on board for Huawei Mate 10 as AI Assistant.

So far Huawei remained far away from bringing water and dust proof smartphones but now we have rumors the Mate 10 Pro could be company's first flagship with water and dust resistance capabilities. The Mate 10 will support LTE Cat.12 networks whereas the Mate 10 Pro expected to be shipped with LTE Cat. 16 modem.

Mate 10 Lite

Last month, Evan Blass stated there will be a Mate 10 Lite variant as well which will be significantly cheaper than the premium variant. The Mate 10 Lite will have unibody metal design with a screen-to-body ratio of 83%. The device will have 5.9-inches display with Full HD screen resolution. It will also have quad-camera on board but these sensors will be 16MP RGB and 13MP monochrome lens. It will also provide the bookeh effect to solely focus on the subject blurring the background.

The Mate 10 Lite will be powered up by Kirin 659 SoC with 4GB RAM and base storage will be 64GB. It will have 3,340mAh battery cell on board. From what heard so far this variant will cost $455 and it will be released in black, gold and blue colors.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Mate 10 lineup rumors roundup in the comments section below. If you think we missed any key detail, feel free to share it in the comments section below.


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