Huawei is set to reveal its latest Mate 10 line in Munich, Germany on October 16th, which will replace the current Mate 9 lineup – Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, Mate 9 Porsche Design Edition and Mate 9 Lite. The flagship of the bunch is the Mate 10 Pro, code named Blanc. Rumors claimed it would launch with a six-inch QHD display, but now it’s looking like Huawei could settle for 1080p, instead. This is largely inconsequential to the naked eye, but will make a difference if using it for VR.
Huawei’s CEO, Richard Yu, said in 2014 that the difference between QHD (1440 x 2560) and 1080p (1080 x 1920) was virtually unrecognizable, but that was before virtual reality for smartphones became commonplace. Going with a 1080p display for the Mate 10 Pro would be a step back from last year as the Mate 9 Pro’s display was QHD.
There are currently three different Mate 10 models that are rumored to be coming. The flagship Mate 10 Pro (Blanc – model BLA-L29), Mate 10 (Himalayas – model HIM-L29) and Mate 10 Lite (Alps – model ALP-L29). Back in August, Evan Blass claimed that the Mate 10’s code name was Marcel, not Himalayas. Either way, it’ll most likely just be called the Mate 10 at launch. You can see below that a UAProf (User Agent Profile) shows a 1080p resolution for the Pro. A UAProf contains technical capabilities from the manufacturer of a device.
Specs for the Mate 10 Pro include the new Kirin 970 system-on-a-chip with AI (artificial intelligence), a six inch IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, a large 4,000mAh battery, 64GB and 128GB storage options, IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and a dual-camera setup co-developed with Leica.
The cameras are rumored to be 12MP and 20MP with OIS and an f/1.6 aperture, which is the same class leading aperture as found on the LG V30. The front facing camera is 8MP. The Mate 10 Pro, along with the other two models, should ship with Android 8.0 Oreo under Huawei’s EMUI 6.0 skin.
Current rumors claim that all three models will have 1080p displays, with at least the Mate 10 Lite having the more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. We’ll know more in week when Huawei launches the new line in Germany.