Huawei could be looking to put an end to the ongoing screen size battle with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, a handset that’s rumoured to feature a mammoth 6.9-inch AMOLED screen.
South Korean news outlet The Bell has learned that Huawei recently commissioned Samsung’s display-making arm to design and manufacturer a 6.9-inch AMOLED screen for a smartphone it’s hoping to launch in the October to December period.
Since the plus-sized Huawei Mate 10 was announced in October 2017, it makes sense for its successor, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, to debut around the same time this year – making it a contender for the first handset to feature the 6.9-inch AMOLED screen.
It’s a move that would make a lot of sense. The introduction of such a large screen should give the Huawei Mate 20 Pro the competitive edge it needs to compete with the onslaught of flagship smartphones due to hit the market at the same time.
The barrage of leaks we’ve seen surface in recent weeks all point towards the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 shipping with a 6.4-inch screen and the Apple iPhone X a 6.5-inch panel – giving the Huawei the edge in the competitive size department.
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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.
Information shared on Weibo, alongside a hands-on image (above) of the handset, states that the handset will retail for around $730 (£555) when it hits the shelves.
But let’s not forget: that’s all far from confirmed. All we know for certain is that Huawei is working on a new device, as it revealed on August 9, and it’s set to bring some big new features to the table.
Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Lite are also en route
There will be three variants of the Mate 20, according to a batch of firmware files obtained by XDA-Developers user FunkyHuawei – the Huawei Mate 20, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
The former will be the firm’s first flagship to bundle its Kirin 980 CPU, alongside the Mate 20 Pro. It will also come with a 6.3-inch FullView screen, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and wireless charging.
FunkyHuawei was unable to uncover information pertaining to the budget Mate 20 Lite and high-end Mate 20 Pro, other than that the latter will come with an in-screen fingerprint reader à la Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS.
The Mate 20 Lite surfaced on Chinese certification agent TENAA’s database on August 2, with the listing revealing that the handset is near-identical to the Mate 10 Lite from a design standpoint – so there isn’t a dreaded screen notch in sight.
A little more than a week later, a render of the handset was unearthed by WinFuture’s Roland Quant, showcasing a unit with a notch that’s larger than that of the flagship Huawei P20 Pro. The rest is much the same as the Mate 10 Lite.
The handset is expected to be priced at €400 (£360) and bundle a 6.3-inch near-edge-to-edge LCD screen (2340 x 1080 pixels), 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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