Huawei started 2017 with a bang: after announcing that the high-end Mate 9 would go on sale in the UK, it showcased the gorgeous and colourful Huawei P10. But in true Huawei fashion, the company isn’t done yet. In fact, Huawei is due to announce the bezel-less Huawei Mate 10 later this year, although it’s not the only highly-anticipated smartphone due for release.
Here, we round up all the latest news and rumours about the Huawei Mate 10, including its release date, possible UK pricing, design, features and spec.
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.
The invite claims that the launch will take place on October 16, 2017 in Munich, Germany. While it’s a little earlier than the launch of the Mate 9 last year, it also took place in Munich, leading us to believe this is the real deal.
We’ll update this section when we know more, but it’s safe to assume we’ll see the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10 on 16 October 2017.
How much will the Huawei Mate 10 cost?
While we won’t know the official UK price of the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 until it’s 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. Some rumours suggest it could cost more than $1000 (around £725).
We hope it’s the former, but we’ll have to wait to find out for sure.
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.
What will the Huawei Mate 10 feature?
Despite not being announced for a few months, 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? Let’s start with that display. We know it’ll 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.
It’s also rumoured to feature the Kirin 970 CPU, with manufacturer HiSilicon claiming that it can compete with Samsung and Qualcomm’s top offerings, the Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835. 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, although no word yet on what (if any) improvements it’ll offer compared to the Huawei P10.
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.