At an event in China tomorrow, i.e. September 22, Huawei will be unveiling its first mid-range Android smartphone with an 18:9 display, the Maimang 6. According to a new VentureBeat report, the Maimang 6 will be sold in markets outside China as the Mate 10 Lite. The most affordable member of the Mate 10 family is codenamed Rhone and will carry a 5.9-inch display with 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen-to-body ratio of the smartphone is said to be 83%, which is on par with flagship devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.
Since it is going to be unveiled in China tomorrow, it would be Huawei’s first smartphone to feature a FullView display. In addition to an 18:9 ratio display, the Mate 10 Lite will impress with its cameras as well. At the rear, the Mate 10 Lite will sport dual 16MP cameras, while on the front it will sport dual 13MP selfie cameras. The two selfie cameras will apparently allow it to create a two-person bokeh effect, while an LED flash will help capture selfies even when there isn’t enough light around.
Now let’s talk about the core specifications of the smartphone. Powering the Huawei Mate 10 Lite will be the company’s in-house developed Kirin 659 SoC clocked at a high 2.36 GHz. It will include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The battery inside the handset is said to be a 3340mAh unit, which does seem a bit small for the large display size. While the Maimang 6 is likely to begin shipping even before the rest of the Mate 10 series is announced next month, the global Mate 10 Lite will begin shipping in November. All the Mate 10 series smartphones will be announced simultaneously on October 16th in Munich, Germany. Three color options will be available at launch – Blue, Black, and Gold. It is expected to be priced at 379 EUR in Europe, which converts to roughly $455. As for the software, the global variant will be shipping with Android Oreo + EMUI 5.1 out of the box.
What are your thoughts on the Huawei Mate 10 Lite? Do you think the 18:9 display could help make it more popular than other mid-range Android smartphones on the market?