The Huawei Mate 9 is still fresh in everyone’s mind, but that doesn’t mean that the ambitious smartphone maker isn’t working on their successor to the P9 – a phone with the dual 12MP Leica cameras on back, a powerful Kirin 955 chipset under the hood and 3GB of RAM inside – which has sold 9 million units in just 8 months.
Huawei has likely been working on the P10 for months if not years, at this point. As smartphones are generally worked on for at least a year or more, before they are actually made public. The latest information comes to us via GFXBench listings, where a Huawei LON-L29 smartphone has been spotted.
At first glance, the Huawei LON-L29 smartphone looks quite similar to what the Huawei Mate 9 offers. However, it features a smaller screen size. The smartphone which is expected to release as the Huawei P10 runs the Android 7.0 Nougat below the EMUI. The device offers the users with a 5.5 inched, QHD display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. The Kirin 960 chipset is under the hood with an octa-core 2.3GHz CPU and the Mali G-71 GPU. 6GB of RAM is inside along with 256GB of native storage.
Huawei has said that you don’t need a QHD display on a smartphone, other than for virtual reality – even though they used one on the PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 9 earlier this month. So this could mean that they are looking to jump into virtual reality next year.
A 12MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front shooter is included, although there is no indication that the phone will carry a dual-camera setup like the P9 does.
Huawei typically releases the P-series devices around the March-April time. We can expect the smartphone to release around the March of 2017. It could possibly be announced at the Mobile World Congress which is expected to be held late February.
The Huawei P9 is still selling well – it sold 3 million units in last two months – and Huawei just launched the Huawei Mate 9 which was well received, and did not blow up. Hence, Huawei has no reason to rush out the P10. Most likely, we will see the next model in the series unveiled in late March or early April next year.
Oh and as to why this LON-29 is supposed to be the Huawei P10, the Huawei P9 had the model number LON-19. Huawei has plans to overthrow Apple from the second spot within two years, and Huawei will need its momentum. However, with the iPhone 8 next year expected to bring along some big changes, we will have to wait and see how things unfold.