Huawei unveiled its flagship phones yesterday - the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and the luxurious Porsche Design Mate 10 - but it did not say anything about the rumored more affordable model, the Mate 10 Lite.
10 Lite is now official: after the company unveiled the phone in China, it has now officially uncovered it in Europe and confirmed plans to sell it on the Old Continent, but did not mention anything about US availability.Well, the Huawei Mate
The Mate 10 Lite is a likable mid-range $400 phone (€400 as it's available in Europe so far) with a 5.9-inch 18:9 screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and minimal bezels.
Unlike the flagships, the Mate 10 Lite is based on the company's Kirin 659 system chip, a step below the top tier Kirin 970 chip and lacking the latter's artificial intelligence chip. The Mate 10 Lite features an octa-core processor working along with 4GB of RAM and a generous 64GB of on-board storage. You have a hybrid SIM card slot, so you can choose whether to use this phone as a dual SIM device or instead make use of it as a single SIM + microSD card phone.
The Mate 10 Lite ships with a whopping four cameras: two on the back and two on the front. On the back you have a 16-megapixel main one and a 2-megapixel secondary one, so that you can create photos with a blurred background, similar to Portrait Mode on devices like the iPhone. Up front, there is a 13-megapixel shooter and another 2MP camera, also working together. The battery capacity is 3,340mAh.
The bad news is that the Mate 10 Lite ships with Android 7.0 Nougat, unlike the Android 8.0 Oreo-toting Huawei flagships, and it will likely take months until it gets updates. The price is set at €400 in Europe and the phone will be available in gold, graphite black and aurora blue. The Mate 10 Lite will be available in Europe in the beginning of November.