A year after the launch of the P50 and P50 Pro, Huawei decided it was time to renew its high-end range. To this end, the new Huawei Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro from China are two excellent devices with an amazing set of cameras.
Huawei’s new range comes with Harmony OS 3.0, but they also hide other surprises that we’ll talk about later. That’s the hallmark of the new Huawei Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro, with all the good and bad.
Huawei’s new flagship looks similar to the 2020 Mate 40, although it’s much more refined. We say this because, despite being huge, the camera module is now better integrated into the Mate 50 and 50 Pro’s glass or leather back.
The frame is made of aluminum which provides resistance to the entire set, and both units are IP68 certified. Meanwhile, the screen is protected by Kunlun Glass, Huawei’s alternative to Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which promises to be ten times more resistant than standard glass.
The screens of both devices are quite large. There are differences, but they promise brutal image quality.
Mate 50: 1224-inch straight screen with Full HD+ resolution (6.7 x 2700 pixels), OLED panel, 90Hz refresh rate, and 300Hz touch sampling. A front-facing camera is embedded inside the perforation.
Mate 50 Pro: 1212-inch curved screen with Full HD+ resolution (6.74 x 2616 pixels), OLED panel, 120Hz refresh rate, and 300Hz touchscreen. There’s a huge notch to accommodate the front-facing camera and a TOF 3D sensor for facial recognition.
There is a third model of the Mate 50. RS Porsche Design Special Edition. On the face of it, it’s identical to the Mate 50 Pro in terms of hardware and camera, so I won’t comment on anything else. The difference, however, is that the back is ceramic, giving it a much more aggressive look than the standard model. It’s even more striking, but you can’t ignore that the rear is effectively a copy of the Mate 2020 RS Porsche Design from 40 years.
One of the curiosities of the P50 is that, after a long time, Huawei abandoned the Kirin chip for Qualcomm (at least in a high range). Therefore, the Mate 50 series packs the powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 inside to deliver the best performance in all scenarios.
But this Qualcomm chip isn’t the edition we all know, it’s only capable of 4G LTE connectivity. The lack of compatibility with 5G may seem like a very obvious throwback (and it is), but it has a lot to do with the US veto. So, you can’t blame Huawei this time.
The manufacturer did not elaborate on the amount of RAM integrated into the new device, but did mention: The Mate 50 Pro is sold with 256 and 512GB storage. Meanwhile, the standard Mate 50 does the same in 128, 256, and 512GB versions. Both can be expanded to an additional 256 GB using removable NM memory.