Huawei Mate 10 latest rumours: Release date & UK pricing

Huawei’s Mate 10 is coming on 16 October, but the company may have already given us a look at one of the three upcoming versions. We reveal the latest rumours on what you can expect from the new phone, including the price, design and features, and newly leaked photos.

Huawei started 2017 with a bang: after announcing that the high-end Mate 9 would go on sale in the UK, it showcased the gorgeous and colourful Huawei P10. But in true Huawei fashion, the company isn’t done yet. In fact, Huawei is due to announce the bezel-less Huawei Mate 10 – and Mate 10 Pro – later this year.

At IFA 2017 in Berlin CEO Richard Yu announced details on the upcoming phone’s chipset: the 10nm Kirin 970. An innovative HiAI mobile computing architecture will deliver 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency, claims the company.

When will the Huawei Mate 10 be released in the UK?

Looking back at the November 2016 launch of the Huawei Mate 9, it’s safe to assume that the Huawei Mate 10 will launch around the same time in 2017. While there’s nothing official from the company just yet, a recent Huawei leak may have confirmed the date and location of the announcement.

The confirmation comes from an official invite with the tagline “Meet the device worth waiting for” scribbled on a backdrop featuring the number 10, suggesting it’ll focus on the Huawei Mate 10.

The invite claims that the launch will take place on October 16, 2017 in Munich, Germany. While it’s a little earlier than the launch of the Mate 9 last year, it also took place in Munich, leading us to believe this is the real deal.

At IFA 2017, RIchard Yu, CEO of Hauwei has confirmed during a keynote that it is indeed the Mate 10 that will be launched on 16 October. He also revealed the processor that will be in the phone – see below.

We’ll update this section when we know more, but it’s safe to assume we’ll see the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10 on 16 October 2017.

Evan Blass has suggested the Mate 10 Lite and Standard models will ship later in October, with the Mate 10 Pro coming in December.

How much will the Huawei Mate 10 cost?

While we won’t know the official UK price of the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 until it’s announced in October (and maybe not even then, judging by previous Huawei announcements), we can look back at the launch of the Huawei Mate 9 to hazard a guess.

Back when the Huawei Mate 9 was first launched, it set UK consumers back £599. While that may seem a little steep, it was filled with high-end tech that also made its way into the Huawei P10 months later.

Now, if the below design and feature rumours are to be believed, Huawei could either be extremely smart and stick to the £599 price point and make its bezel-less display a true Galaxy S8/LG G6 competitor, or it could charge a little more and compete directly with flagship smartphones. Some rumours suggest it could cost more than $1000 (around £725).

We hope it’s the former, but we’ll have to wait to find out for sure.

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