Huawei Mate 10, the upcoming flagship from the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, is officially coming out Oct. 16.
Now, thanks to prolific leaker of mobile things, Evan Blass or @evleaks, we have an early look of what the most powerful iteration of that device, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, will look like.
The phone is a big departure from previous Huawei phones, all of which had significant bezels on top and bottom. The Mate 10 Pro is nearly bezel-less, with a design reminiscent to Samsung’s new Note 8 or the LG V30.
On the back, the dual camera module which has been the staple of premium Huawei phones for a while, is positioned vertically and in the middle of the phone, above the fingerprint sensor. The camera lenses are placed in a strip of color that’s lighter than the rest of the phone, giving the device a unique look.
A closeup photo of the camera module, also shared by Blass, reveals that this is again a Leica-branded camera, with a Summilux-H lens with an impressive f/1.6 aperture, matching the aperture of LG V30’s rear camera.
No new specs for the phone have been revealed, but we know quite a lot from previous rumors. The Mate 10 will come in three varieties: Lite, regular which will just be called the Mate 10, and Pro. Blass previously said the Pro will have Huawei’s new Kirin 970 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of memory, a 2,880×1,440 5.99 LCD screen and a 4,000mAh battery. The cameras on the back will be a 12/20-megapixel combo, with an 8-megapixel selfie cam on the front.
And if you look that press photo Blass has shared carefully, you’ll see a big “AI” sign on the phone’s screen. Huawei is boldly touting the AI capabilities of the Kirin 970, which has a dedicated AI chip (Huawei calls it the Neural Processing Unit or NPU). The company recently made fun of the iPhone 8/X’s AI capabilities in a short promo video for the Huawei Mate 10.
After several somewhat boring phone designs, Huawei looks to be having something interesting on its hands. The Mate 10 Pro will be a very powerful phone. Its 18:9 screen looks just as snazzy as the other huge-screened Android flagships of late, and the striped back design, coupled with a somewhat odd choice of colors, will definitely stand out from the pack.
We’ll have more news on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro on Oct. 16.