Even the most hated of Huawei in the US has to admit that the company has put together a delightful flagship line this year. Previously, the start of each year was reserved for the company’s (no pun intended) photography-focused P series with the technologically advanced Mate series released later in the same year. But with all the bans imposed on Huawei, it now produces a flagship line every year, moving from the P series one year to the Mate series the following year.
This means that with the Mate 50 range available in 2022, the P60 series can be expected in 2023. Still, it’s amazing that Huawei has produced such a big flagship this year and the consumer response in China has been incredible with long queues hailing the Mate 50 models when they release in September.
Here’s the deal folks. Huawei has done a tremendous job given that it lost its ability to source parts from its US supply chain. As a result, the Google Mobile Service version of Android was no longer available. So he created his own HarmonyOS and the third version of the software is pre-installed on the Mate 50 range. It has also created its own ecosystem, Huawei Mobile Service, which is doing very well.
Low battery emergency mode will give you 12 minutes of phone calls and three hours of standby time with 1% remaining
Consider the Huawei Petal Search app which searches for an app that you want to install on your Huawei phone. If a title can’t be found in Huawei’s own AppGallery, it will search third-party app stores for one that might have it for you. And to circumvent the chip ban that prevents foundries using US technology from shipping cutting-edge chips to Huawei, the latter uses powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chips tweaked to work only with 4G signals.
The Huawei Mate 50 series has been re-announced slated to be released alongside the European release of the phones. The video, titled “Huawei Mate50 Series – Heralding a New Era for Smartphones”, is 75 seconds long and begins by showing off the variable aperture on the 50MP rear camera which ranges from f/1.4-f/4.0. Huawei also had to deal with the loss of Leica as Xiaomi’s photography partner. The Mate 50 line launches Huawei’s own XMAGE camera.
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is now available in Europe but will not come to the United States
The video, which is for the Mate 50 Pro, shows Super Macro Video mode and if your battery life drops to 1%, Low Battery Emergency Mode will provide up to 12 minutes of phone calls or three waking hours. After a few seconds of video that will remind you of September 11 (shame on you Huawei!), the manufacturer boasts of its “Powerful Gaming Performance” and its water resistance to 6 meters (over 19 feet).
The video ends by showing how the Kunlun glass will survive a fall down a snowy mountain.
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro sports a 6.74-inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 1212 x 2616 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G mobile platform. The single SIM model has 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of storage. The dual SIM unit has 8 GB of memory and 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. Both models come with a microSD slot with a capacity of 256 GB.
The rear camera array includes the 50MP variable aperture camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture), and a 64MP telephoto camera. The front camera weighs in at 13MP and there’s a 3D depth-sensing camera for secure facial recognition similar to the iPhone’s Face ID (hence the notch on the Mate 50 Pro). There is a 4700mAh battery which supports 66W wired charging. Wireless charging is up to 50W.
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is a phone that could rival any flagship available in the US and includes the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, and Pixel 7 Pro.