Huawei’s flagship Mate 10 is due in two weeks. A bezel-less phone with the 10nm Kirin 970 inside, the Mate 10 is expected to come in three versions.
Top of that roster is the Mate 10 Pro – and as seen in newly leaked images (see above) it’s a gorgeous device. It’ll cost you, though – allegedly as much as 930€ (around £820).
When will the Huawei Mate 10 be released in the UK?
Looking back at the November 2016 launch of the Huawei Mate 9, it’s safe to assume that the Huawei Mate 10 will launch around the same time in 2017. While there’s nothing official from the company just yet, a recent Huawei leak may have confirmed the date and location of the announcement.
The confirmation comes from an official invite with the tagline “Meet the device worth waiting for” scribbled on a backdrop featuring the number 10, suggesting it’ll focus on the Huawei Mate 10.
At IFA 2017, RIchard Yu, CEO of Hauwei has confirmed during a keynote that it is indeed the Mate 10 that will be launched on 16 October. He also revealed the processor that will be in the phone – see below.
Evan Blass has suggested the Mate 10 Lite and Standard models will ship later in October, with the Mate 10 Pro coming in December.
How much will the Huawei Mate 10 cost?
According to Roland Quandt the Mate 10 Pro is going to come in at around 930-940€, or around £820-£830. That’s set to be the more expensive of the three.
While we won’t know the official UK price of the standard and entry Mate 10 models until they are announced in October (and maybe not even then, judging by previous Huawei announcements), we can look back at the launch of the Huawei Mate 9 to hazard a guess.
Back when the Huawei Mate 9 was first launched, it set UK consumers back £599. While that may seem a little steep, it was filled with high-end tech that also made its way into the Huawei P10 months later.
Now, if the below design and feature rumours are to be believed, Huawei could either be extremely smart and stick to the £599 price point and make its bezel-less display a true Galaxy S8/LG G6 competitor, or it could charge a little more and compete directly with flagship smartphones.
What will the Huawei Mate 10 look like?
While the design of any smartphone is an important element to consider, it’s even more important when discussing the Huawei Mate 10. Why? Huawei’s Mate 9 was hailed as a technically impressive smartphone, but one that looked a little bit boring. If Huawei changes that with the Mate 10, it could see a huge surge in sales. But what does the company have planned?
The design of the Huawei Mate 10 will be very important, as the general opinion of the Mate 9 was that it was incredibly impressive tech-wise, but it looked boring.
Our first hint at the design of the Huawei Mate 10 came from none other than the CEO of Huawei himself.
Richard Yu, chief of Huawei’s consumer division, was discussing Huawei leaving the low-end market during an interview with Bloomberg when he stated that the upcoming smartphone would come with a “full-screen display” which we took to mean “bezel-less” like many other 2017 flagship smartphones.
While the feature was essentially confirmed by the CEO, renders of the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 also point towards a near bezel-less display.
The renders were posted on YouTube, and appear to show off a completely new (and much more attractive) form factor. It is from a channel dedicated to designing product concepts though, so it could be based on what the creator wants, rather than what Huawei has planned.
If the renders are accurate, it looks like the Huawei Mate 10 will only feature small bezels at the top and bottom of the display, reminiscent of the design of Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
Moving beyond the bezel-less display, it also looks like the rear of the Huawei Mate 10 will feature a brushed metal finish, again improving the look of the smartphone compared to the Huawei Mate 9.
More recent leaked CAD renders reveal a dual-camera and ultra-thin side bezels.
This is mirrored by a photo of the Mate 10 leaked by @evleaks (click to view full-size):
He later revealed an image showing the Mate 10 in blue, black and gold:
Most recently, the promotional materials for the upcoming smartphone appeared online via Slashleaks and provides another glimpse at the design of the Mate 10. As with the above renders, the edge-to-edge display is present alongside the new vertically-aligned dual camera setup on the rear of the phone.
What will the Huawei Mate 10 feature?
Huawei has already claimed that the upcoming Mate 10 will surpass the iPhone 8 in almost every way.
“The Mate 10 series will surpass Apple’s iPhone 8 as our phone will have much longer battery life, a full-screen display, much faster-charging speed, much better camera and photographic capability, as well as much better overall user experience,” remarked Richard Yu.
But what will it feature to make it an iPhone killer?
Evan Blass writing for VentureBeat has confirmed there will be three models codenamed Alps, Marcel and Blanc, thought to be Lite, Standard and Pro models respectively. This was backed up in party by a China Compulsory Certification authority listing, which mentions two models under the Mate 10 branding.
Marcel is what we think of as the standard model. We know the display will be near bezel-less, but a recent leak claims that it’ll feature a 6.1in QHD AMOLED display, a huge improvement compared to the FHD LCD panel used in the Huawei Mate 9.
As confirmed by Richard Yu at IFA 2017, the Mate 10 will feature the new Kirin 970 CPU, with manufacturer HiSilicon claiming that it can compete with Samsung and Qualcomm’s top offerings. The chip has a focus on AI and features an octa-core CPU and a new NPU (Neural Processing Unit). The latter can do things like image recognition on 200 photos in 6 seconds. An innovative HiAI mobile computing architecture will deliver 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency, claims the company.
Alongside the Kirin 970, the Huawei Mate 10 is said to feature 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Of course, the Leica-branded dual-camera setup that Huawei is famous for is set to make a return on the Huawei Mate 10, and via a promo material leak, we now know that it’ll boast dual Leica-branded SUMMLUX-H lenses with an impressive f/1.6 aperture.
The promo also provides other information about the upcoming smartphone: it’ll be IP67 rated, offer LTE speeds of up to 1.2Gbps and will feature a 4,000mAh battery with Super Charge technology. The most impressive feature? The Mate 10 will allegedly be able to translate text seen through the camera while offline, using the Kirin 970 chipset’s Neural Processing Unit.
Moving beyond the standard model, Blanc is assumed to be the Mate 10 Pro, an waterproof (IP68) phone with a Kirin 970 processor, 1440×2880 Quad-HD 18:9 screen, 6GB of RAM and either 64- or 128GB storage. It’s said to be 7.5mm thick and pack a 4000mAh battery, plus a dual-camera setup that combines 12Mp and 20Mp, f/1.6 Leica sensors (8Mp at the front). It will ship with Android Oreo and EMUI 6.0.
Alps is still in flagship territory, but not as powerful as the Pro or Standard models. Though its display will be Quad-HD, it will feature a 16:9 rather than 18:9 aspect ratio. It, too, has the Kirin 970 processor, a 4000mAh battery and the same dual-camera setup. However, storage will be 64GB only, there will be just 4GB of RAM, and the phone will be slightly thicker at around 8.23mm.
It has been suggested that the Huawei Mate 10 Lite may be a rebranded version of the Huawei Maimang 6 that has been announced in China. It has a 5.9in (2160×1080) 18:9 display, the Kirin 659, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3340mAh battery. You get dual-cameras front and rear, with the 16Mp primary camera and 13Mp selfie camera both supplemented with a 2Mp sensor. It costs 2399 yuan, which is around £270.
We’ll update this article with the latest news and rumours as soon as we receive them, so make sure you check back soon for all the latest Huawei Mate 10 news.