Huawei P10 Renders Leaked; Specifications Spotted on Benchmark Site

Huawei silenced all rumours by confirming that the P10 smartphone is launching at MWC 2017 on February 26. The device is largely expected to sport a dual camera setup, and come in different colour variants as well. Now, a new leak has come in showing renders from all angles, whilst the device was reportedly also spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench.

Huawei P10 Renders Leaked; Specifications Spotted on Benchmark Site

Tipster Onleaks (in collaboration with 91 Mobiles) has released what re claimed to be official renders of the Huawei P10, giving us a look at the device from all angles. The leaked renders show that the Huawei P10 is heavily inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera setup at the back, the antenna bands at the edges, and the metal frame with rounded corners. The Huawei P10 now has a Home Button in the front with the fingerprint sensor underneath. The predecessor Huawei P9, on the other hand, had no Home Button, and the fingerprint scanner was mounted at the back. The dual camera setup at the back comes with the Leica branding, just like its predecessor.

Furthermore, the Huawei P10 was also spotted on GFXBench, and it is listed to sport a 4GB RAM and run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. This is in line with previous leaks that claim the smartphone will launch in various bundles. The fresh leak reveals that the Huawei P10 will launch in – 4GB RAM / 32GB storage, 4GB RAM / 64GB storage and 6GB RAM / 128GB storage – bundle variants. It is expected to be priced at CNY 3,488 (roughly Rs. 34,200), CNY 4,088 (roughly Rs. 40,000) and CNY 4,688 (roughly Rs. 45,930) respectively.

The Huawei P10 is tipped to support wireless charging, and sport a dual curved screen as well. The Huawei P10 specifications have also been leaked earlier, and it is expected to feature a 5.2-inch display with QHD resolution, and Kirin 960 octa-core processor with Mali G71 octa-core GPU. It is tipped to pack a 3100mAh battery and sport 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel dual rear sensors. At the front, there will be an 8-megapixel selfie camera setup.

The big-screen version of Huawei P10 – Huawei P10 Plus – is also reportedly incoming, and it is expected to have an 8GB RAM. This variant will supposedly be available in two configurations: 4GB RAM / 64GB storage and 6GB RAM / 128GB storage, and is expected to be priced at CNY 4,988 (roughly Rs. 48,870) and CNY 5,688 (roughly Rs. 55,730) respectively.

At its event, Huawei is also expected to launch the Huawei Watch 2 smartwatch. The big rumour about the device is that it is expected to come with a built-in SIM card slot, and run on Android Wear 2.0.

Huawei partners with optics specialist Leica to ‘reinvent’ smartphone photography

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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei and German camera and lens specialist Leica have announced a strategic partnership which they promise will reinvent smartphone photography.

Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera, acknowledged in an adjective-heavy press release that smartphones make a very important contribution to the world of photography and open an important door for his company to target new groups and fields of application.

Pleasantries aside, Leica’s exact role in the partnership isn’t clearly defined. The duo said the partnership will span research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution. But what exactly does that mean? Will Leica simply supply lenses for Huawei’s smartphone cameras?

Huawei is already the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Likewise, Leica has been in business for well over 160 years and has built a reputation as one of the top (and most expensive) optics companies around. That said, it’s not like either side needs help boosting their street cred by leveraging the name brand of the other yet on the other hand, additional brand recognition certainly wouldn’t hurt matters either.

Leica is no stranger to the smartphone business. The company worked with Panasonic on the Lumix CM1 smartphone in 2014. Designed primarily to compete with devices like Samsung’s Galaxy K Zoom, the CM1 was essentially a digital camera with an integrated smartphone.

It featured a 1-inch image sensor capable of producing 20-megapixel images through a Leica-branded f/2.8 aperture fixed lens. Its high price point, however, kept it from ever really becoming a serious threat in the industry.

Huawei takes on Surface, iPad Pro with 2-in-1 MateBook running Windows 10

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Huawei at Mobile World Congress pulled back the sheet on its first-ever 2-in-1 running Windows 10. The Huawei MateBook is an incredibly thin 2-in-1 that aims to take on devices like the Surface and the iPad Pro in the productivity category.

The MateBook features a 12-inch IPS LCD display operating at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,400 that’s powered by an Intel Core M processor of your choosing. It measures just 6.9mm thick – rivaling the thinness of today’s flagship smartphones – and tips the scales at only 640 grams.

The keyboard folio is backlit with 1.5mm of key travel. Rather than Bluetooth, the keyboard interfaces with the tablet via a proprietary connector on the side of the tablet. Speaking of, that’s where you’ll also find the device’s fingerprint reader, tucked neatly between the volume rocker buttons. Ars Technica found the trackpad to be surprisingly large and responsive while the two angles of tilt (54 and 67 degrees) were described as sensible choices.

There’s also the optional MatePen, a stylus that offers 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity with an elastomer tip should you have the need for it.

Its all-metal unibody design certainly looks the part of a premium device with smooth, rounded edges and chamfered buttons. Huawei says its 33.7Wh battery is good for around 10 hours of standard use.

The Huawei MateBook starts at $699 which includes an Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of local storage. On the upper end, you can expect to pay $1,599 for a Core M7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Note that accessories like the keyboard folio and stylus are extra ($129 and $59, respectively). Look for it to go on sale in the US “in the coming months.”