The Huawei Mate 10 was announced in October 2017 and went on sale in November, so it’s only a couple of months old. But technology marches on and Huawei is poised to launch more flagship phones in the coming weeks. One is likely to be the successor to the Huawei P10 but those who prefer a larger screen will have to wait until much later in the year for the putative Mate 11.

Huawei Mate 11

Huawei has been developing the Mate range for a number of years now, so there’s no reason to suspect it won’t continue its annual release schedule in 2018. The Mate 8, 9 and Mate 10 have all launched during November in successive years, so expect the company to announce the Mate 11 range sometime in October, with an on sale date in November.

It’s impossible to say how much the Mate 11 will cost as we simply don’t yet know the upgrades it will have. Don’t forget that there are likely to be several models in the range, with the Mate 11 itself being the cheaper version and the Mate 11 Pro being the true flagship.

This is the same chip rumoured (via GizOK) to be in the upcoming Huawei P20 phone, though, so it’s possible there will be an even more powerful processor ready by the time the Mate 11 launches.

The 980 is reportedly manufactured using a 7nm process, which is highly advanced. It’s unconfirmed but thought that it will retain the AI features (the Neural Processing Unit) of the 970, which is used in the Mate 10. A Chinese forum post also told readers to expect surprises in the “graphical part”.

We might see some minor hardware updates, such as the latest version of Bluetooth and an even faster LTE modem. In other respects, things could well stay the same: 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and microSD expansion. Don’t expect the return of a 3.5mm headphone jack either.

Huawei made sure the Mate 10 shipped with the latest version of Android, so expect the Huawei Mate 11 to come with Android 9.0 and the company’s own EMUI 9 software.