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.