The flagship season is upon us. We are gearing up for the second batch of flagship smartphones this fall. And among it is the Huawei Mate 10. The company will debut its newest HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset with the smartphone’s launch. Or should I say, intelligent machine?
Huawei’s not been shy to tease the Mate 10 so far. And its latest video alludes to the Mate 10 being labelled as an intelligent machine.
Much of the focus seems to be on artificial intelligence (AI). Over the course of this year, phones with smart assistants have come and gone. While the concept is unique, it has failed to catch on with the average consumer. But we are excited to see how Huawei differentiates its offering. Even more so, the brand’s confidence is evident with its latest flagship phone. Huawei has taken jabs at both Samsung’s and Apple’s latest flagships, which shows how much faith it has in the Mate 10.
Mate 10: Design variants
Arguably, this is what everyone is excited about. Huawei’s take on bezel-less smartphones is one to watch out for. We are expecting the company to launch a trio of smartphones this time around. The Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Lite.
From what we can tell, the Mate 10 Lite will serve as a mid-range upgrade whereas the Mate 10 and 10 Pro will be the flagship duo. The only major difference between the latter two is likely be the aspect ratio of the screen, RAM and storage capacities. The Mate 10 will most likely keep a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and 4GB RAM whereas the Mate 10 Pro will opt for a taller 18:9 panel and 6GB RAM.
Regardless of model, each device will be available in a variety of different colors as seen above. We are looking at brushed metal finishes with the usual slender profile and good looks. But whether IP68 water and dust resistance will be exclusive to the Mate 10 Pro remains a mystery.
Mate 10: Cameras
Here is where things start to get interesting. The Mate 10 Lite is said to have four cameras on it. Yes, four. We are looking at a 16MP primary shooter and a 13MP one for selfies. Alongside each, you will find a 2MP sensor making for four cameras on the phone. The lower resolution cameras will most probably help with effects and creating blurry backgrounds. So it is more than likely you could be taking self portraits on your budget phone.
For the flagship phones, we are looking at a dual 12MP and 20MP Leica camera set-up with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.6 aperture like the one on the LG V30. On the front, you will find an 8MP selfie shooter. We are unsure of how Huawei will outclass its competition in this department but that makes the wait all the more exciting. That being said though, artificial reality and AI could be at the back of its mind.
Mate 10: Specifications
To round off, it’s only fair we talk about the specifications of all the phones in question. Huawei’s Mate 10 Lite is said to bring a FHD+ 5.9-inch display with an 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Power-wise, the Kirin 659 octa-core processor clocked in at 2.36GHz alongside 4GB RAM, which means performance will be on par with Huawei’s recent Nova 2 Plus. And as far as the battery is concerned, a 3,340mAh cell is expected.
For the big boys, the much awaited Kirin 970 octa-core chip (clocked at 2.5GHz) is expected. The Mate 10 will employ a traditional 16:9 5.88-inch IPS LCD panel whereas the Mate 10 Pro will offer a more modern 18:9 IPS LCD screen measuring 5.99 inches. Both phones will bring 4,000mAh batteries to the table in a body just 7.5mm thin for the Mate 10 Pro whereas in a thicker 8.23mm body for the Mate 10. To reiterate, the only major compromises come in the form of storage capacities where the Mate 10 Pro will offer up to 128GB of native storage as opposed to only 64GB on the Mate 10. As far as software is concerned, we can expect EMUI 6.0 draped over the latest Android 8.0 Oreo.
In just two weeks’ time, all the details we do not quite have will become crystal clear. While the wait is tantalizing, the leaks suggest Huawei has planned something major. We can expect the Mate 10 to go on sale at the end of October while the Mate 10 Pro to hit shelves tentatively in December. We will keep you posted for local prices and availability.