Huawei’s Mate series flagships have been around for ages now, generally delivering well-rounded flagship phones. The Chinese manufacturer unfortunately skipped the release of the Mate series last year due to US sanctions, but it is back with the newly launched Mate 50 series in 2022.
This year we have three phones namely Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 RS. All three phones are powered by the 4G variant of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC and offer IP68 rating, 66W wired charging, 50W wireless charging capability and Harmony OS 3.
The phones also stand out thanks to the 50MP RYYB primary camera on all three devices, offering variable aperture technology. Huawei says you can choose from 10 aperture settings varying from f/1.4 to f/4, as opposed to only two settings on phones like the Galaxy S10.
Huawei has even beaten rivals, announcing that the Mate 50 series supports satellite connectivity via China’s Beidou constellation. This feature allows you to send text and location information over the satellite, although you cannot receive messages via this connectivity standard. So what else should you know about these phones?
Huawei Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 Rs.
The Mate 50 Pro packs some remarkable core specs, such as a 6.74-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED curved panel, a 4,700mAh battery, and 256GB to 512GB of storage (expandable via NM card).
Coming to the camera category, the phone also packs a 13MP ultrawide camera (120-degree field-of-view, autofocus) and a 64MP 3.5x periscope camera. A 13MP ultrawide camera and 3D ToF sensor is available on the front of the device, albeit in a wide notch.
Huawei has relaunched a Mate 50 RS Porsche Design model (seen at the top of the page), bringing a ceramic build and a similar camera housing design as the Mate 40 RS Porsche Design variant back in 2020. It’s otherwise almost identical to the Mate 50 Pro with a 48MP 3.5x periscope shooter being swapped for the save 64MP periscope camera. This camera is also capable of macro shots and videos.
Interestingly, Huawei says that both phones offer water resistance in six meters of water as opposed to two meters of immersion for the vanilla Mate 50.
Standard Mate 50
Interested in something cheaper? Then Huawei also has a vanilla Mate 50 on offer. You’re still getting a powerful flagship SoC, IP68 rating, and variable aperture technology, but we see a few drawbacks in the name of pricing.
For one, you’re getting a 4,460mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the Pro and Porsche variants. The 6.7-inch OLED display also tops out at 90Hz instead of 120Hz, though we’re sure the switch to flat screen will be welcomed by many.
Coming to the cameras, we still have a 50MP variable aperture main camera and a 13MP ultrawide camera, but we also get a 12MP 5x periscope camera in exchange for an ultra high-resolution 3.5x periscope shooter. Lastly, you’ve also got a 13MP ultrawide selfie camera, but there’s no 3D ToF camera here.
Pricing and Availability
Huawei previously told android authorization That today’s launch was only for the Chinese market, but there will be a global release soon after. Still, there’s no word on a timeline for a wider launch just yet.
Huawei Mate 50 Series: Hot or Not?
The standard Mate 50 is expected to start at 4,999 Yuan (~$718) for the base 128GB model, while the Mate 50 Pro has a starting price of 6,799 Yuan (~$977) for the 256GB model. Porsche model fancy? Then expect to pay 12,999 Yuan (~$1,868) for the only 512GB model.