Some new renders of the Huawei Mate 10 were released on Chinese social media site, Weibo, this week. This is the much-anticipated follow up to the very popular Huawei Mate 9. Of course, it needs to be pointed out before we jump in too far; these are Huawei Mate 10 renders and not official photos. While the information used to make these renders could very likely prove to be correct, we always have to proceed with caution before declaring something like, “This is 100% definitely, pinky swear on my life, real pictures of the Huawei Mate 10.” Okay, now that I have that little speech out of the way, let’s see what might be included in the Huawei Mate 10.
First, we see a very beautiful 6.1-inch screen with nearly no bezels to speak of. This follows the trend of a lot of flagship smartphones these days including the Galaxy S8, iPhone 8, and Galaxy Note 8.
On the back side we see vertically aligned dual camera sensors. This is a lot like what we are expecting to see in the iPhone 8. It’s unclear if Huawei has big plans in the augmented reality space like Apple does but we know that AR works best in a landscape environment. So, if the sensors are vertically aligned then that means they will be in a landscape format when the device is turned on its side. Tim Cook has made plenty of comments about Apple making a big push into AR this fall. It stands to reason that any other high end smartphone manufacturer would also want to try and compete in that space. The Galaxy Note 8, just like the Mate 10, has a dual camera sensor to compete with the iPhone 8. However, unlike the Mate 10, the Galaxy Note 8’s camera sensors are aligned horizontally rather than vertically. How seriously could that affect the performance in AR applications? I guess we will see soon enough.
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There’s also a great video showing off the Huawei Mate 10 renders that give us a great look at every angle. Check that out below:
The device looks incredibly sleek. Design-wise, the Huawei Mate 10 renders show that this device has the potential to compete with anything else on the market. This is clearly a premium flagship smartphone.
Underneath that sleek smartphone body is a Kirin 970 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. All of that is powered by a 4,000mAh battery. Needless to say, all of those are very impressive specs if they can deliver on what they promise.
It should be very interesting to see how the Mate 10 is received in the market with the likes of the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Pricing could be the ultimate advantage for the Huawei Mate 10. Some reports have suggested that the Mate 10 could cost upwards of $1,000. However, I’m not sure I believe that. Huawei priced the Mate 9 at a reasonable $599. Why would they jump another $400 with one iteration? Since Apple and Samsung seem to be pushing their prices as high as people can possibly accept it would make sense for Huawei to offer a flagship-killing smartphone at mid-range device prices. Once you get into iPhone territory you really need the name recognition to compete: something Huawei doesn’t have outside of tech circles.
It’s expected that the Huawei Mate 10 will be released in mid-October. Until then, you can expect an increase in Huawei rumors. Hopefully these Huawei Mate 10 renders are just the beginning. Are you excited for the Mate 10 this fall or does another device have your eye right now?