Even though they do not support 5G networks, Huawei has introduced three new Mate 50 models that all have a camera with a variable aperture and the most recent high-end Qualcomm chipset.

The company’s most recent flagships, which were released two years after the Mate 40 phones and one year after the P50 Pro was introduced, feature significant upgrades to both their hardware and their software.

Even while we have high hopes that they will, the Huawei Mate 50, Huawei Mate 50 Pro, and Huawei Mate 50 Pro RS Porsche design will only be available in China at first.

Find out everything you need to know about the Huawei Mate 50 series, including the innovative satellite communication features it offers.

When will Huawei release the Mate 50?

Customers in China will be able to begin placing preorders for any of the Mate 50 devices beginning on September 6, 2022. They were made available to the general public on September 28th.

In addition, Huawei has stated that Europe will be the first market to receive the Mate 50 Pro and that the company will announce the specific distribution dates and locations for each region in the coming weeks. Furthermore, Huawei has stated that Europe will be the first market to receive the Mate 50 Pro.

Huawei Mate 50 price

The Mate 50, in its most basic configuration, can be purchased for $499, while the Mate 50 Pro, in its most powerful configuration, can be purchased for $779.

You may get your hands on a limited-edition Mate 50 RS Porsche design model for a price that starts at 12,999. The orange model of the Mate 50 Pro will retail for €1,399, while the black and silver models will retail for €1,299.

Huawei Mate 50 specifications and features

Each of the three Huawei Mate 50 devices are equipped with Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

Although rumors had suggested otherwise, it’s great to see the phones have upgraded from the Snapdragon 888 found in the Huawei P50 Pro. The Mate 50 phones, like other Huawei phones at this point, are hampered by the fact that they are not 5G compatible.

The company is unable to adequately support the new network standard due to the current US trade ban affecting it. The performance of these smartphones, however, should be on par with the best Android has to offer in 2018.

Like the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and other recent Huawei phones, these will not be able to use Google services or access the Google Play Store. They will instead use Huawei’s Harmony OS 3.0. The Huawei AppGallery will still be accessible for app downloads, albeit many Western favorites are still unavailable.

The normal Mate 50 has a 6.7-inch OLED display with support for a 90Hz refresh rate, while the Mate 50 Pro has a 6.74-inch OLED display with support for 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit color depth.

Perhaps most intriguing is the fact that the primary camera on both the Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro are identical. This lens has a wide focal length (50 megapixels), optical image stabilization (OIS), and a varying aperture (f/1.4 to f/4.0). The Samsung Galaxy S9 is notable for being one of the few smartphones to feature a variable aperture, a feature which, surprisingly, was not carried over to subsequent Samsung handsets.

Huawei’s inclusion of it on the Mate 50 is promising in that regard. Offering more manual options equivalent to DSLR cameras based on hardware rather than software might be the next great breakthrough in smartphone photography. Huawei claims that its camera app’s Pro mode provides access to ten separate physical aperture settings.

While the main camera on both phones includes this new technology, the Mate 50 Pro boasts a better-specced 64Mp telephoto lens with OIS and 3.5x optical zoom. The telephoto lens on the normal Mate 50, however, is only 12Mp but also has OIS and 5x optical zoom. While the Mate 50 has a still-impressive 50x digital zoom, the Pro can go up to 100x.

The front-facing cameras and what seems like the ultrawide lens (both 13 MP) on both phones are identical in resolution.

The Mate 50 RS, which features a more expensive Porsche design but is otherwise identical to the Mate 50 Pro except for a slightly better camera, costs significantly more. It comes with a 48MP periscope camera that is capable of taking close-up images.

Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro handsets have 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage, respectively. The perennially luxurious Porsche model tops out at 512GB of storage space. All are upgradable by means of the nano memory (NM) card format developed by Huawei.

All of them have a dust and water resistance rating of IP68, a charging power of 66W via cable or 50W wirelessly, and stereo speakers.

Support for satellite communications is another innovative feature of the Mate 50 series. The Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro, and Mate 50 RS Porsche design will be able to send messages via the Chinese Beidou satellite messaging system instead of the terrestrial cell networks; however, they will only be able to send messages and not receive them.

Satellite communications are now utilized primarily by militaries and emergency services on private networks in areas where public mobile networks do not reach.

One possible explanation for the lack of adoption of this technology in phones is the risk involved in going around established mobile network providers.

However, despite being rejected by the United States, this may indicate Huawei’s continued capacity for innovation in China.

If and when a European release is confirmed for the Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro, you can expect to read reviews of both devices right here on Tech Advisor.

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