Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 8 and grabbed worldwide attention. But rival companies are not going to let the South Korean’s flagship stay under spotlight for long. Apple, for instance, will replace Galaxy Note 8 from the dais with its own iPhone 8 next month and Google will also make its move in October by launching the Pixel 2 series.
But these aren’t the only two companies that have potentially great smartphones in the offing. Huawei just teased the first look of its next flagship and confirmed the launch of the same. Huawei Mate 10 will be unveiled at an event on October 16.
If that seems like a long wait, Huawei is building the anticipation already. The teaser image shared by the company shows the upcoming phone’s rear design, featuring a dual camera setup. While dual cameras are pretty common for high-end phones these days, Huawei wants to set its Mate 10 apart by showing off Leica-branded lenses.
By the looks of the teaser, the dual cameras will be placed vertically at the top center of the Mate 10’s back panel. The rest of the features remain mysterious in the image, but Huawei hasn’t stopped itself from taking a dig at Samsung by using a tagline #beyondthegalaxy.
But this is not the first time Huawei has teased its upcoming Mate 10. Earlier this week, the company had released a video teaser showing photos captured using the Mate 10, highlighting Bokeh effects, colour contrasts and other features.
Huawei’s dig at Samsung would be justified with the bezel-less display that the Mate 10 is widely expected to come with. While Samsung has termed its bezel-less display as Infinite Display, Huawei is going with EntireView display, which also has 18:9 aspect ratio.
But these features are only the tip of an iceberg. Huawei Mate 10 is coming with advanced features such as facial recognition, augmented reality and 3D sensing capabilities. Even though the company’ CEO was first to confirm the arrival of these features in the Mate 10, Apple will be the first to demonstrate them in the upcoming tenth anniversary edition iPhone.
Several reports have pointed towards other specifications of the Mate 10, which suggest a 6-inch display with 1080×2160 pixel resolution screen, 10nm-based HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC and iris scanner for authentication.
Even with these advanced features, Huawei is aiming to keep the device affordable compared to Samsung and Apple. Although nothing is confirmed as of now, the Mate 10 will be priced around CNY 4,000, which roughly translates to Rs. 38,500.
The comparatively low pricing and top-of-the-line features will make Mate 10 hard to resist. Huawei’s flagship smartphones have received praise in the past and there is little doubt the Mate 10 will disrupt the tradition.