One year on from the release of the Huawei Mate 10, rumours are circulating that the Chinese manufacturer is planning on releasing a trio of follow-up handsets; the Huawei Mate 20, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Huawei Mate 20 Lite.
The Mate range makes up Huawei’s phablet lineup, which is best thought of as competition for Samsung’s Note phones (which most recently saw the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9). They’re big, they’re not cheap, and they’re used to show off the latest and greatest Huawei chipsets.
So read on for all the latest leaks and rumours surrounding this year’s devices.
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Huawei Mate 20 Price and Release Date: How much will they cost?
With the Mate 10 having come out in October 2017, the current thinking is that its follow-up will release at a similar point in 2018, potentially preceded by a tease at IFA 2018.
The Mate 20 Lite is expected to retail for a price in a similar sort of range to 2017’s Mate 10 Lite, which launched with a budget-friendly €400 (£360) price point.
The Mate 20 Pro will apparently retail for around $730 (£555) when it hits the shelves, if information shared on Weibo is correct.
Finally, a recently surfaced retail listing for the Mate 20 suggests that it will retail for a whopping $999 (around £790). Given that the Mate 20 Pro is expected to be more expensive than the standard Mate 20, we’d wager that either this or the Weibo rumour is inaccurate.
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Huawei Mate 20 Design: What will the phones look like?
Although all three phones will carry the Mate 20 branding, it looks like there’s going to be plenty of design differences between the handsets.
As the cheapest of the three, you might expect the Huawei Mate 20 Lite to feature a more modest design. However, the latest leaks from Evan Blass suggest that it will feature a contemporary screen notch like many other flagship handsets released this year.
This design leak confirms a previous leak shown off by WinFuture’s Roland Quant.
Meanwhile, the Mate 20 Pro is rumoured to be equipped with a mammoth 6.9-inch AMOLED screen, according to South Korean news outlet The Bell. The publication reports that Huawei recently commissioned Samsung’s display-making arm to design and manufacturer such a screen for a smartphone it’s hoping to launch in the October to December period.
The middle of the road Mate 20 is expected to come with a respectively-sized 6.3-inch QuadHD AMOLED screen (2560 x 1440), while the Mate 20 Lite apparently has a lower resolution 6.3-inch near-edge-to-edge LCD screen (2340 x 1080 pixels).
Huawei Mate 20 Specs: How powerful will they be?
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is rumoured to feature a Huawei-made Kirin 980 CPU, which is due to be announced at the end of August; at least 6GB of RAM; an in-screen fingerprint reader; a 42MP triple-camera setup on the rear and 40W fast-charging.
Its younger brother, the regular Mate 20, will reportedly use this same Kirin 980 CPU, while also coming with 6GB / 8GB of RAM, 128GB / 256GB of internal storage, a 4200mAh battery and wireless charging. It’s also expected to have at least one 20MP camera on its rear, and some kind of face-unlock system on its front.
Finally, the Mate 20 Lite will have a 2.2GHz in-house Kirin 9710 octa-core CPU, at least 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal storage.
There’s also a dual-camera setup on both the front and rear – 24MP + 2MP on the former, and 20MP + 2MP on the latter.
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