Over the past couple of years, Huawei smartphones have been impressive. A few months back, we saw the P10 and P10 Plus. Among the competition, both devices stood out for their raw performance, user experience and battery life.
But as we’re fast approaching the next round of flagships, the successor to Huawei’s Mate 9 series is in question. Rumours point to an October announcement for a Mate 10 with some very high-end specifications.
The phone is believed to adopt the taller 18:9 aspect ratio for screens with a Full Active display from JDI. It is possible the phone may sport a 6-inch panel for a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
Last year’s Mate 9 on the contrary sports the more traditional 16:9 type 5.9-inch screen. The rumored 6-inch 18:9 screen therefore would bring a significant change in the design of the phone making it taller yet narrower. With it being edge to edge, the Mate 10 would offer a very immersive experience akin to Samsung’s Infinity Display.
We think an upgrade to internals is also due. The HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor found on Huawei flagships at present is great but can struggle to load applications quickly. However, the rumored HiSilicon Kirin 970 should improve that. It is manufactured using the 10nm process which is expected to bring performance on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor.
Other changes should come to the camera department. The front camera is set to bring facial recognition while the back duo of cameras will focus on 3D sensing and AR support. Last year, the Mate 9 was a huge hit surrounding the Galaxy Note7 controversy and it will be interesting to see how the Huawei Mate 10 fares. With just over three months to go, we can expect to hear more rumors in the coming days and weeks.