Huawei Mate 10: All the rumors in one place
In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Huawei Mate 10.
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 and the upcoming LG V30, Google Pixel 2 XL, and what will presumably be called the iPhone 8.
To have any chance of truly sparking consumer interest and competing against the smartphones mentioned above, the Mate 10 has 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 it stand out from the crowd.
In this post, we take a closer look at the likely Huawei Mate 10 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 smartphone prior to its reveal.
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Huawei Mate 10: Specs
Just like its predecessors, the Mate 10 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 the Mate 10 will be more powerful than Apple’s upcoming flagship, 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 2,160 x 1,080 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 slightly taller as well as a bit narrower when compared to your average smartphone.
However, one thing worth pointing out here is that some rumors suggest we’ll actually see two versions of Huawei’s phablet: the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. Only the latter is said to feature the bezel-less display, while the former might sport a flat screen with the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The devices should be largely similar in terms of specs, although there’s no word on what these might be for now.
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Huawei’s upcoming phablet is expected 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 word on the amount of RAM yet. However, we think that the smartphone might have 4 GB of RAM like its predecessor, or either 6 GB like some of its main rivals, which seems more likely at this point.
Of course, we also expect to see a dual-camera setup on the back of the Mate 10. 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 the upcoming Mate 10, 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 a 12 and 20 MP sensors, just like the Mate 9.
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, up to 128 GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.
Huawei Mate 10: 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 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 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: Design
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any official images of the Mate 10 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 smartphone will look like.
Although the Mate 10 is expected to come with a slightly larger display than its predecessor, it will likely have a smaller footprint. Rumors suggest that just like the Essential Phone and a few other devices, the smartphone will have extremely thin bezels. Its screen-to-body ratio is said to 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 would make the large device a bit more compact. Also, because the Note 8 features thin bezels — as might the LG V30 and the Pixel 2 XL — Huawei has no choice but to go down the same road to remain competitive.
Just like last year, the fingerprint scanner will likely be located on the back of the device, below the cameras. 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. And just like last year’s model, the Mate 10 is expected to feature a metal body with a curved back that should make it sit better in the hand.
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.
If the rumors are true and we’ll indeed see two versions of the device, the standard model won’t look quite as interesting as the Pro version. Although we do expect to see a lot of similarities between the two devices in terms of design — especially on the back — having larger bezels around the screen will make the standard variant look a bit dated when compared to its rivals.
So, there you have it. These are all the rumors we have come across so far regarding the Mate 10 specs, features, and design . We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.
Meanwhile, do let us know your thoughts on Huawei’s upcoming phablet. How do you think it will stack up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as well as the upcoming LG V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL? Let us know in the comments.