Huawei has been teasing the upcoming Mate 10 lineup since the end of last month. Since then, details have slowly been coming in thanks to various rumors and this has given us an idea of what we can expect from the upcoming flagship series from Huawei this year. Today, a new rumor from Evan Blass (better known as @evleaks) at VentureBeat has shed light on one of the smartphones in the Mate 10 series: the Huawei Mate 10 Lite.
Last year, Huawei launched 4 different variants of their Mate 9 device which included the regular Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, Mate 9 Lite, and the Mate 9 Porsche Design Edition. This year we have only learned details about three devices that are said to be a part of the Huawei Mate 10 series, though. We first heard of these three devices through their codenames, but the retail names have since been revealed to be the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and the Mate 10 Lite.
Today’s report from VentureBeat tells us just about everything we can expect to learn about the Huawei Mate 10 Lite. Although it is called “Lite”, it is not expected to be sold as a budget smartphone at all. Instead we’re looking at a device with a 5.9″ FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) with a 2:1 aspect ratio. This display is said to be housed in a full-metal, unibody enclosure and looks to be carrying a price tag of €379 (so around $455).
Huawei is also said to be advertising the Mate 10 Lite as as the company’s premiere quad-camera smartphone. We have previously heard rumblings about this in a device released in China called the G10/Maimang 6 and that’s because the Mate 10 Lite is said to be a re-branded version of it. This means the device will have two cameras on the front and two cameras on the rear. The back will have a 16MP sensor while the front will be equipped with a 13MP sensor, and both sides will have a secondary 2MP camera.
Internally, the Huawei Mate 10 will feature the HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC with 4 x Cortex-A53 @ 2.36GHz and 4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.7GHz, 4GB of RAM, 64GBs of internal storage, and a 3,340mAh capacity battery. The expected official announcement of this device is during Huawei’s Munich event on October 16th.