Tuesday , June 5 2018

Huawei Mate 10 prices leak, along with an Ausdroid-predicted under-glass fingerprint reader!


Huawei Mate 10 is set to be announced on October 16 and barely a day goes by where we do not hear some new snippet of information surrounding Huawei’s next flagship.

So many details surrounding the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro are “known” already. Today Chinese social media site Weibo has been host to new information on the Mate 10 Pro. The new leak says that the Mate 10 Pro will have a 6.0 inch display with a 2K resolution and an 18:9 display aspect resolution. The display will make up 89.89% of the front of the phone. The camera will also arrive with a 4200mAh battery and a f/1.6 aperture camera. There is also Huawei’s superfast 35W charging and IP67 water and dust resistance.

These seem fairly ho-hum when you consider the other information garnered from the leaks. As I have been saying (mostly hoping) the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will include an under-display fingerprint sensor. The rumour of the under-glass fingerprint sensor is supported by early render leaks showing the lack of a fingerprint sensor on the back and front of the device. No other big name manufacturer has managed to get this working accurately, Apple included, so it will be interesting to see if Huawei do in fact manage to pull this off.

The stock standard Mate 10 specs leaked also show a 2K, 18:9 display display which “only” covers 84% of the front of the device. It also has a 4200mAh battery, IP67 water resistance, iris scanning and a Leica dual camera with f/1.6 aperture. The fingerprint sensor is their usual capacitive sensor located on the lower bezel of the phone.

The displays have also leaked today showing the two displays side by side. This shows both the Pro and the standard Mate 10 are in fact 18:9 and only one has the fingerprint sensor located on the lower bezel. You can see this in the image above.

These leaks seem to match up fairly closely to everything else we have heard thus far. Impressive specs and you would expect to pay for that. Today’s leak also has some prices (in Chinese Yuan) which show that Huawei are pricing this at the top end of the market.

The Mate 10 will come in 4GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB and 6GB/256GB variants and will cost ¥4,299 ($814AU), ¥4,899 ($928AU) and ¥5,599 ($1060AU) respectively.

The Mate 10 Pro is a next step up, with possibly being the first big player to introduce an under-display fingerprint sensor. It will come in 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, 6GB/256GB and 8GB/256GB variants. They will cost ¥5,499 ($1042AU), ¥6,199 ($1174AU), ¥6,899 ($1307AU) and ¥7,499 ($1420AU) respectively. The cost puts them right up there around the Samsung Note 8 range (especially once you add in Australia tax) but it seems that you may just be getting what you pay for.

There is also word that Huawei will also release a Porsche Design Mate 10 as they have done in previous years but we do not expect that to land on our shores any time soon. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro ARE expected to land here and be priced accordingly — we have heard rumours suggesting that the prices listed above are in fact indicative of what you would expect to pay for one of these flagship phones. Don’t forget the Kirin 970 is also the first chipset to have a NPU onboard and Huawei are set to leverage this throughout their software.

Are Huawei being too ambitious pricing this high or do you think they bring enough to the table to be successful at this price? I think that the Pro could well be my next. How about you?

Source: Weibo.
Via: Pocketnow.

Scott Plowman   Associate Editor

Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

Outside of Ausdroid, Scott's a health care professional and lecturer at a well known Victorian university.

6 comments

  1. Over $1000 AUS for a phone is insane but will upgrade from my Samsung Note 3. Hope to get the Mate 10 pro 6Gb but 64Gb of storage. Do you know if this phone will allow me to add extendable storage?

    • Beware, Huawei AU is known to rarely if ever update the software on their handsets. They don’t even issue vital security updates. You would expect this from their cheap and nasty models but even their flagship products do not receive timely updates. Do not buy Huawei phones if software and security updates are important to you.

      • I have recently asked them about this due to exactly what you said. Unfortunately they only do quarterly security updates and the Huawei devices that are purchased through carriers take longer as the carriers have to approve the updates. We are in line but unfortunately a long way down the line of Huawei’s global priority list. Phones purchased from places outright such as JB will get updates earlier as their software is usually an Asian regional software.

        • Huawei’s answer doesn’t sound legit when the P9 sold by Vodafone hasn’t had an update since Sept 2016 and Vodafone claims not to even have the software for testing yet. Vodafone is actually in the process of testing an update for the P9 but it’s Android 6.0 and just an update to enable VoLTE, like that’s a priority. Optus sold handsets apparently got updated to Nougat two weeks ago. Methinks Huawei AU is spinning some marketing fibs with their quarterly security updates claim. You could expect a quarterly update to be a few months late if the completely unnecessary step of carrier testing was the delay but it is now ONE YEAR since the P9 received any updates.

          • Fortunately the P10 that I’ve had in my drawer since February has received fairly regular updates, both before it went on sale here, and since. Granted, it doesn’t receive them every month like Google’s Pixel line does, but every other month or so (two to three) it receives an update which — if nothing else — keeps the security patch level up to date.

            As for major OS updates / new features? Well, I don’t think Huawei are quite there yet, but they’re coming along.

            Considering the P9 and P10 are quite a bit more affordable than other flagships on the market, it’s a trade-off. The P10 is still an eminently usable handset, and I love it. Best phone Huawei has made to date.

    • Huawei usually do include SD card slots but we have no inkling whether this will or not

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