Is this the Huawei Mate 10 Pro (video)

Come 16th October in Munich, Germany, Huawei will unveil to the world their next flagship smartphone. And I think Evan Blass might have given you a glimpse of how it looks like before the event.

I trust Evan Blass. Most of his leaks are accurate. Sometimes the names might be inaccurate. However, most of the pictures are actually spot-on.

Check out the Huawei Mate 10 Pro (or is it?). It is touted to be the next flagship model from Huawei. From many sources, Huawei might be unveiling not one but 3 handsets during the 16th October. They might be the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Lite (or the Huawei Nova series?).

Looking at the previous model of Huawei Mate series (Mate 9), the purported Huawei Mate 10 Pro is different. It has a larger screen to body ratio. I believe this is the trend of all flagship models regardless of the brands (check out the LG V30, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+).

What might be the game changer for Huawei is the Kirin 970 chip in the smartphone and the cameras with Leica branding.

Huawei recently invited the media to their office (unfortunately I could not make it) to help them understand more about the Kirin 970 chip. Check out this video clip by Techtradeasia.

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It shows how fast the Kirin chip is (comparing to the latest iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+) when it comes to image recognition. Although Huawei has been talking about AI (Artificial Intelligence) and NPU (Neural Processing Unit) on the latest Kirin 970, it seems that it is limited to image recognition at the moment. I might be wrong.

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On the camera. I love Leica and am glad that Huawei is able to continue to provide cameras with Leica brand on their flagship models. From my understanding during the short trip to Huawei recently, I got to know the process of getting the Leica branding on the camera of Huawei smartphones. Trust me, it is super difficult with the high bar set by Leica. So, when the Leica brand is officially on a Huawei phone, you know that the standard is there.

Check out this image leaked by Evan Blass on the close-up of the camera of Mate 10 Pro. If it is accurate, the Mate 10 Pro will have rear-facing cameras with an aperture of f/1.6.

Overall, I hope that the leaked picture is the actual Mate 10 Pro. However, I think that there should be two front-facing cameras instead of one.

Based on the recent release of Huawei Maimang 6 (麦芒6) in the China market, it is already sporting a dual front-facing camera. I have doubts that the Mate 10 Pro is just having one front-facing camera. It does not make sense. I hope I am right about it.

Looking forward to Oct 16 of the unveiling. Here is a teaser “This is not a Smartphone” from Huawei.