On September 22, Huawei is set to unveil the Maimang 6 for its home market of China. This phone has been leaking a lot lately, and we thought that it would end up being sold elsewhere as the G10 (since the Maimang 5 got rebranded to G9 Plus outside of China). However, it turns out that Huawei is set to surprise us.
While the Maimang 6 will indeed be offered in other markets, it will arrive bearing the name Mate 10 Lite, according to a new report from the usually reliable Evan Blass of @evleaks fame. This is a change in strategy for the Chinese company, but it makes some sense when you consider that the Maimang 6 has two standout features – it has four cameras in total, and it will be the first Huawei phone with an 18:9 display and near bezel-less front.
For those reasons it’s understandable that the company didn’t choose to name it something forgettable like G10, instead making it the most affordable entrant in the Mate 10 lineup (which will have four members, as we recently found out).
The Mate 10 Lite employs a 5.9-inch 1,080×2,160 display with 83% screen-to-body ratio, the mid-range Kirin 659 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,340 mAh battery.
The cameras are 16 MP + 2 MP on the rear, and 13 MP + 2 MP on the front. Although it will be announced as Maimang 6 in just a couple of days, it will only be made official as the Mate 10 Lite for international markets at Huawei’s big event on October 16 in Munich. It will run Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 5.1 on top.
The Mate 10 Lite will be offered in blue, black, and gold, for a price of 379 in Europe, unlocked and SIM-free of course. It will start shipping in mid-November.