Huawei MRD-AL00. MRD-TL00 Images Leaked on TENAA, Reveal a Waterdrop Notch

On: December 26, 2018

Update 2 (January 17, 2019): Earlier today, we reported that the MRD-AL00 and MRD-TL00 variants of an upcoming entry-level Huawei were certified by the MIIT certification agency in China. The two variants have now been spotted on the TENAA website. While the hardware specifications of the smartphone have not been listed on the TENAA website yet, the certification agency has uploaded photos showing the smartphone from all sides. As you can see in the images above, the MRD-AL00 and MRD-TL00 will have a waterdrop-style notch on the front with the Huawei branding on the bottom bezel. At the rear, the smartphone appears to have only a single camera, with an LED flash. We do not see any fingerprint sensor on the back of the handset, which could mean that it will only come with face unlock. More details regarding the smartphone are expected to be revealed once TENAA updates the listings with all the key specifications.

Update (January 17, 2019): After receiving 3C certification in China last month, Huawei’s upcoming MRD-TL00 and MRD-AL00 models have now been certified by MIIT. Unfortunately, however, the MIIT certificates do not reveal any new information regarding the upcoming smartphone.

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei recently announced that it has exceeded its revised sales forecast of 200 million smartphones. The company had initially expected to sell 180 million units this year but had later revised its forecast to 200 million units. For 2019, Huawei is preparing to launch quite a few new smartphones, including the flagship P30 series. Another upcoming Huawei smartphone has now come to light, courtesy of Chinese certification agency 3C.

Huawei MRD-AL00, MRD-TL00 Certified by 3C

3C has certified two variants of an upcoming Huawei smartphone with model numbers MRD-AL00 and MRD-TL00. Unlike TENAA, the 3C certification agency does not include any key features or specifications of certified devices on its website. However, the MRD-AL00 and MRD-TL00 3C certification pages do tell us that they will be shipped with a 5V 1A HW-050100C01 power adapter in the box. Since the power adapter does not offer fast charging support, we can be certain that the MRD-AL00 and MRD-TL00 will are variants of an upcoming entry-level smartphone from Huawei.

The Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) also ships with a similar 5V 1A power adapter in the box. However, its successor will come with a 5V 2A power adapter in the box. Three variants of the Y7 Prime (2019) have surfaced online so far: DUB-AL20, DUB-TL00, and DUB-AL00. Along with the Y7 Prime (2019), Huawei is also working on the Y7 Pro (2019), which will succeed the current Y7 Pro (2018). Both the smartphones will feature a 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a teardrop notch at the top and a 19:9 aspect ratio. While the chipset has not been confirmed, we expect them to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 14nm octa-core processor.

Moving on to the camera department, Huawei Y7 Prime (2019) and Y7 Pro (2019) will feature a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup at the rear. For selfies, they will have an 8MP snapper on the front. In terms of software, the upcoming Y-series smartphone will run Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 out of the box.

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