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We spoke to Huawei's Bruce Lee about the Mate 10

By Peter Chu - 8 Aug 2017,6:20pm

We spoke to Huawei's Bruce Lee about the Mate 10

Bruce Lee, Vice President, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Earlier today, we had the opportunity to speak with Bruce Lee, the Vice President of Handset Business at Huawei Consumer Business Group, to learn more the technological trends and innovations that Huawei is currently working on, and more importantly, what consumers can expect from the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Mate 10.

But despite the relentless prodding and prying from the press, Lee remained tight-lipped about the exact specifications of the Mate 10, but confirmed that it will be powered by Huawei’s yet-to-be-released Kirin 970 chipset. 

Lee declined to compare the performance of the Mate 10 against its competitors, but mentioned that the Mate 10 will offer exceptional performance and battery life. He also said that the Mate 10 will have a large display but a compact body, which brings to mind the bezel-less Infinity Display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Again, no mention on specifics whatsoever, but Lee did say that there will be some form of a breakthrough as far as the Mate 10’s display is concerned.

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro.

Lee also said that the Mate 10 will feature Huawei’s SuperCharge fast-charging technology, but stopped short on confirming whether the device would be water resistant.

With regards to the audio quality of the Mate 10, Lee evidently a man of few words said: “We hope to improve the audio quality of the Mate 10” – that’s it. When asked further about whether the Mate 10 will be using a conventional 3.5mm audio jack or a USB Type-C port, Lee said he can’t provide a concrete answer, but said that he believes the USB Type-C interface is the way forward.

Although Lee is contractually obligated to reveal as little as possible about the Mate 10, he did at least attempt to compensate for it by sharing the four key objectives that Huawei is currently working on, which include improving the performance and power efficiency of its Kirin chipset, streamlining its software to reduce slowdowns, strengthening the 4G and 5G capabilities of its smartphones, and enhancing the smartphone photography experience.

As you would expect, Lee declined to mention the specifics about Mate 10's launch date, saying that Huawei will be releasing a new flagship smartphone by the end of the year. However, word on the vine is that the Mate 10 will very likely be making its debut in October in Germany – something you might want to take into consideration before you decide to spend your money on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone 8.

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