When it launches later this year, don’t dismiss the Mate 10 Lite just because you think the name indicates something negative. It’ll join the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro in serving different consumers, but Huawei isn’t dramatically lowering the specifications for the cheapest of the three. The Mate 10 Lite is far from your usual budget phone. In fact, it’s not a budget phone at all. The specifications are about what you’d expect in the mid-range segment.
The phone will have a 5.9-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, which means Huawei taking advantage of an industry trend even for this non-flagship. Evan Blass of VentureBeat, who’s obtained an image of the device, says the Mate 10 Lite’s screen will also have Full HD+ (2160×1080) resolution. That’s even higher than the screen resolutions on phones like the OnePlus 5 and Moto Z2 Play.
Huawei will heavily promote the phone’s “quad-camera” setup. There will be two cameras on the front as well as two cameras on the back. Both pairs include 16MP and 13MP lenses.
Blass also notes the Mate 10 Lite will ship with Huawei’s own Kirin 659 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 3340mAh battery. Not bad at all for a phone that we expected to be featuring low-end specifications. Even Android 8.0 Oreo will be pre-installed, so owners of the Mate 10 Lite immediately have a phone with the latest version of Android.
A launch event is planned for October 16. That’s when the Mate 10 family will make its global debut. The Mate 10 Lite should then ship in November for around $455.