Huawei Mate 10 rumored to launch on October 16th, massive price tag and Lite variant in tow


Fall is the season where a majority of the major smartphone announcements happen, starting with the IFA expo in Berlin, through Apple's annual mid-September iPhone launch and the comparably smaller devices surrounding it, and ending with the October and November latecomers. Huawei's Mate series has traditionally fallen right into that last camp, with its latest Mate 9 being announced in early November, which makes the following piece of news not that surprising: the Huawei Mate 10 will be unveiled in Munich on October 16th.

...According to the latest word-of-mouth rumors, that is. Polish website Tabletowo has some pretty wild claims about the upcoming device, citing its own, unnamed inside sources. Like, for example, that Huawei is planning to release two different variants of the device: a regular Mate 10, and a cheaper companion called Mate 10 Lite. This, of course, falls in line with Huawei's past practices, given that the Mate 9 had four different variants of its own.

The Mate 10 will sport a 6.1-inch LCD screen made by JDI Display, while its smaller sibling will be a 5.8-incher instead. Prices were also shared for both devices, with the Mate 10 going for a spectacular $1110, while the Mate 10 Lite will be exactly half that, at $555. And while U.S. prices (if the phones ever make their way stateside, that is) will undoubtedly be lower, this is still a sky-high price for a flagship in 2017, though we imagine the iPhone 8 will skew our perceptions a bit come September.

In contrast, last year's Mate 9 had an MSRP of just $599, which is why we advise against taking this part of the rumor at face value — Huawei's simply never been known to compete in the extreme high-end price range, and we doubt this will change this year, especially in such a dramatic fashion.

The Mate 10 is said to be the first phone sporting Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 970 — the same chipset which will be competing against Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 next year — and will also feature some cool new additions such as dual rear and front cameras. But for the full list of all the leaks and rumors we've seen so far, head to our Huawei Mate 10 rumor review.

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Mate 10
  • Display 5.9" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(25h 3G talk time)

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10 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

$1,100? Lol, go home huawei. You're drunk.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Or high...

6. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Same can be said for iPhone 8 . 1000$ for iPhone 8

7. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ehhh, people are willing to pay for it, so why do you care either way?

10. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

An African and especially refugee can tell the value of 1000$ . If u have more than enough money stop wasting it on worldly things do some charity

2. djcody

Posts: 237; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I think media try spread info that "its ok to pay for phone 1000+$". no is not, that just plain stupid to do it. I don't want to spend even 500$.

3. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is true. I would never pay $1k for a phone, regardless of who makes it. Just doesn't make sense for me. You can do a lot with 1k.

5. shmebulock

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 29, 2017

Trash Huawei

8. auravolga

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 02, 2017

hey Huawei. did you know that your Mate 7 ,mate 8 & mate 9 are all in 6 inch screen? are you really wanna do it again on your flagship unit? do you know Samsung Note8 are gonna make 6.3 to 6.4 inch screen? if you are sure.... then you will lose this fight. you are outdated.

9. bloodless

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

And, with an 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio - I will not be interested - and will spend my money (elsewhere). I am not onboard the bandwagon of ridiculous gimmicks that serve no purpose. My money will be spent on a high-end smartphone that supports the 16:9 aspect ratio.

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