It’s been a big year for flagship phones, and the Huawei Mate 10 – along with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro – is likely to be the last significant launch before the whole cycle begins again in early 2018.
But it might well have been worth the wait, as Huawei’s new phone is a big, powerful flagship with a sharp screen and a dual-lens camera.
We’ll let you know how well it all comes together when we’ve put the Huawei Mate 10 through a full review, but you can see our early impressions in our hands on Huawei Mate 10 review, or read on for everything you need to know about the new Mate's specs, release date and features.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Huawei's new big screen flagship
- How much will it cost? Starts at AU$899 (around $710, £530)
- When is it out? November
Huawei Mate 10 price and release date
- Mate 10 price: AU$899 (around $710, £530)
Huawei hasn’t yet revealed the exact price or release date of the Huawei Mate 10 for all regions yet, but we imagine you’ll be able to buy it soon.
We do already have the SIM-free Huawei Mate 10 price for Australia though, with the handset setting you back AU$899 (around $710, £530), along with a Mate 10 release date of November 15.
For comparison, the Huawei Mate 9 cost $599.99 (£579, AU$999) at launch.
We also know that in the Huawei Mate 10 won't be available in the UK, with the Mate 10 Pro the only one of the two making its way to Britain.
See the Huawei Mate 10 in action with our hands on video below
Huawei Mate 10 design and display
The Huawei Mate 10 has a somewhat familiar yet distinctive design. It’s glass backed, but with a reflective band running across it, and the edges are curved to help it sit comfortably in your hand.
The dimensions are 150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2mm and it weighs 186g, making it a similar size and weight to the Huawei Mate 9. You’ll be able to get the Mate 10 in Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold or Pink Gold.
There’s a 5.9-inch LCD screen, just like on the Mate 9, but it’s had a resolution boost, as the Huawei Mate 10 is 1,440 x 2,560, giving it a pixel density of 499 pixels per inch.
Oddly that actually makes it sharper than the Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s display – though that phone uses OLED, which is arguably superior technology.
The screen supports HDR 10 content, and the bezels around the Mate 10’s display are fairly small, though not as tiny as on the iPhone X or Essential Phone, and it's got a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio.
Huawei Mate 10 camera and battery
There’s a dual-lens camera on the Huawei Mate 10, consisting of a 20MP black and white sensor and a 12MP color one. Typically you’ll be using both sensors to take photos, with the Mate 10 combining image data from the two for a more detailed shot.
The main lens has an f/1.6 aperture, which means it has a larger lens opening than most smartphone snappers, which should help in low light conditions, as should its optical image stabilization. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera.
As for the battery, the Huawei Mate 10 has a 4,000mAh power unit, which is bigger than most phones, though the same size as the Huawei Mate 9.
It worked well there, delivering a lot of life, so hopefully the same will be true here. If nothing else the Mate 10 should charge quickly, as Huawei claims it can get a day of life from 20 minutes plugged in.
Huawei also claims the battery management software will intelligently allocate resources to maximize life.
Huawei Mate 10 specs and OS
The Huawei Mate 10 is powered by an octa-core Kirin 970 chipset, with four cores running at 2.36GHz and four going at 1.8GHz. It’s aided by 4GB of RAM and a neural network processing unit (NPU), which Huawei claims improves performance and efficiency for AI-related tasks.
How well this will actually work remains to be seen, but we’ll be sure to properly put it to the test in our full Huawei Mate 10 review.
There’s 64GB of storage built-in, plus a microSD card slot supporting cards of up to 256GB. You also get Android Oreo, overlaid with Huawei’s new Emotion UI 8.0.
If you’ve used a Huawei phone before this should be familiar, but it comes with a few new tricks, such as a Smart Screen function, allowing you to easily run two apps side by side in split-screen.
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