Update: New rumors suggest the Huawei Mate 10 will have a big screen with a new aspect ratio, along with 3D facial scanning tech and an October release date.
The Huawei Mate 9 was one of the best large screen phones of 2016, offering great battery life, impressive internal power and a good snapper on the back of the handset.
Huawei will likely follow it up with the Mate 10 later this year, so we've collected all the news and rumors about the handset. You'll find that below, followed by a selection of the features we'd most like to see on the upcoming phablet.
The Mate 10 will probably have to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and many other big name handsets, so hopefully some of this comes true, to make it worth holding out until the end of the year to upgrade your phone.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next large screen phone from Huawei
- When is it out? Late 2017, possibly October
- What will it cost? A high price
Huawei Mate 10 release date and price
- We expect the next Huawei phone to launch in late 2017
- Price wise, it's going to be expensive
Huawei's Mate 9 was quite a bit more expensive than the Mate 8, so with the price already being very high we don't expect Huawei will put the price up much for the Mate 10.
The Mate 9 launched at $599.99 (£579, AU$999), so we'd expect a similar price for the Mate 10 when the it launches later this year.
As for a release date, one source pegs it at October 2017, which would be less than a year after the Mate 9, as that launched in December 2016.
Huawei Mate 10 specs
- A bezel-less, 6-inch, 2:1 display
- A 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
- A dual-lens front-facing camera with 3D face scanning skills
One of the most prolific Mate 10 rumors suggests the company is planning to include a bezel-free display on its next phablet device.
Elsewhere, we've heard that it will be a 6.0-inch 2,160 x 1,080 display with a 2:1 aspect ratio. That would make it long and narrow, again like key rivals.
The same source claims the Mate 10 may have an iris scanner, and will have 3D facial recognition skills, which will apparently make it better at augmenting reality.
But Huawei is putting a lot of money into its dual-camera tech made in partnership with Leica, so it makes sense that the firm will look to upgrade the front camera.
It's also expected Huawei will debut it's long-awaited Kirin 970 chipset on the phone. The Mate 9 came with the latest processing tech at the time – the Kirin 960 – so it would make sense if Huawei decides to upgrade the processor on the Mate 10 to what will likely also be seen on the Huawei P11.
Huawei Mate 10: what we want to see
While we wait for more rumors of the Huawei Mate 10 to heat up, we've put together some of our most wanted upgrades for the company's next phablet flagship.
1. A lower price
This is a must for the Huawei Mate 10 to be one of the best phones of 2017. Huawei has been known as a cheaper Android alternative to the likes of HTC, LG and Samsung for a number of years now, but the Mate 9 saw the company raise its prices up above what we're used to.
Hopefully Huawei will drop the price back down a little for the Huawei Mate 10 considering the $599.99 (£579, AU$999) price of the Mate 9 is pretty expensive.
2. A QHD screen
The Huawei Mate 9 was not built for virtual reality and at 1080p it doesn't have a particularly high screen resolution like the Galaxy Note 8 almost certainly will.
We'd quite like the Mate 9 to embrace a slightly higher screen resolution, so the company can make the phone Google Daydream compatible without forcing users to squint.
3. A new UI
Emotion UI for Huawei handsets is a controversial element of the phone's design. Some people love the look of Huawei's own UI overlay, but many others also hate how it looks and works.
Huawei has done a lot of work to improve it in recent years, but we hope by the time of the Mate 10 the company has slimmed down the amount of bloatware and excess apps to offer a cleaner and easier to use phone experience.
4. Water resistant design
Huawei has shown no interest in embracing water resistant designs on its previous phones, but we have our fingers crossed there will be a new design for the Huawei Mate 10.
A more durable design would be a big benefit to the Mate line of products, allowing you to dunk your phone in the bath or use it in the rain – like you can with an iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 – without any major concerns.
5. Amazon Alexa integration
The Mate 9 now has Amazon Alexa support in the US, but we've yet to see it around the rest of the world. We hope soon Huawei will see fit to roll this out to the Mate 9 in other countries, but if not it'd be a great feature to launch on the upcoming Mate 10.