Huawei Mate 10 could be the next big smartphone launch for this year. With Samsung having launched its Galaxy Note 8, LG following up with the V30, Xiaomi making Mi Mix 2 official and Apple set to announce the iPhone X tomorrow, the Chinese smartphone maker's flagship smartphone will be the next big launch. Huawei, the leading smartphone brand in China had already confirmed that the Mate 10 will launch at an event in Munich on October 16.
Huawei will announce the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro at its event next month and Evan Blass reports for VentureBeat that the handsets are codenamed Marcel and Blanc respectively. The report further confirms that Blanc will be powered by Huawei's latest Kirin 970 chipset showcased at IFA 2017. Blass says Blanc will sport a 5.99-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels, translating to 18:9 aspect ratio and offer a nearly bezel-less design.
He also adds that Blanc will have 6GB RAM and an option for either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. The handset is expected to sport next-generation dual rear camera setup with Leica branding. Blass adds that it will have one 20MP sensor and another 12MP sensor with f/1.6 aperture. LG V30 is the only smartphone in the world to feature a camera with wider f/1.6 aperture. It is expected to house a 4000mAh battery and run EMUI 6.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
There is no word on specifications of Marcel, but Blass says Huawei is also working on the third handset in the Mate 10 series codenamed Alps. The Alps is said to feature a 5.88-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and use same Kirin 970 chipset. It will offer 4GB RAM and offer 64GB onboard storage. Blass speculates that Alps could debut as Mate 10 Lite and offer the same battery and camera as the one on Blanc. Huawei recently dethroned Apple as the second largest smartphone maker globally and it is expected to further cement its position with Mate 10 launch.