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Huawei Mate 50 Pro launched with Qualcomm’s highest processor but lacks 5G

Huawei Mate 50 Pro is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese company that is still suffering from the suspension of trade with many American companies. Although it has been some time since the US banned Huawei, the company has tried to stand on its own. But it is still far from being completely independent. One example is the new Mate 50 series, which uses Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip but without 5G connectivity. ALSO READ – Huawei Mate 50 Pro announced with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G SoC and triple cameras

Contrary to rumors that the Huawei Mate 50 Pro will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the company went on to announce that the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip supports the new flagship. The surprise, however, was that the phone did not have 5G connectivity, possibly due to US sanctions against Huawei. This may come as a major break for many customers in the market where Huawei is still in the works, but to make up for it, the company has come up with better cameras on the latest Mate 50 Pro.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 specifications

The new Mate 50 Pro brings some changes in the camera design from the previous generation. The camera module looks octagonal and includes all the sensors. The design surrounding the prominent camera module looks like a smartwatch carved into the back of the phone. The Mate 50 Pro also comes in a Porsche Design model called Huawei Mate 50 RS Porsche Design. The design of this model is inspired by supercars.

The Huawei Mate 50 uses the same rear design as its predecessor Mate 40. There is a curved back panel and rounded edges on the Mate 50. However, apart from the Mate 40, the camera module on the Mate 50 is a big circle bearing smaller circles with all the sensors inside. This unit covers almost a third of the back panel of the Mate 50.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro has a 6.74-inch OLED display with FullHD + resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate. The phone supports 1440Hz high frequency PWM dimming technology. The notch of the screen contains many sensors that help in recognizing 3D faces. On the other hand, the Mate 50 has a 6.7-inch FullHD+ OLED display with a hole in the middle. The screen uses a 90Hz refresh rate and a 300Hz touch sampling rate. Huawei says the display also supports HDR and P3 color gamut, while it also has an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 both run on an octa-core Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. As 5G connectivity is missing in the processor, it may translate to better power efficiency. The performance of the 4G Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor is likely to be the same as that of its 5G counterpart. Despite the lack of a 5G network, the Huawei Mate 50 series supports satellite calling technology that allows users to make calls and send texts in locations without a network. While the Mate 50 Pro has an IP68 rating, the company claims the Mate 50 is water and dust resistant, but there is no IP rating available on the website. The phones also have stereo speakers and an anti-fingerprint film.

Cameras are one of the selling points of the Huawei Mate series. The Mate 50 Pro has a 50MP Sony IMX766 main camera with OIS, a 13MP ultrawide camera, and a 64MP telephoto camera with OIS. On the front, the Mate 50 Pro has a 13MP selfie camera inside the notch. The Mate 50 Pro is the first ever phone with XMAGE imaging technology.

On the other hand, the Mate 50 has a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor, a 13MP Sony IMX688 sensor, and a 12MP telephoto sensor with 5X optical zoom and optical image stabilization (OIS). The phone has a 13MP front camera for taking selfies and video calls. Keeping the lights on is a 4700mAh battery on the Mate 50 Pro and a 4460mAh battery on the Mate 50 that supports 66W wired charging and 50W wireless charging.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 price

The flagship Huawei Mate 50 Pro starts at CNY 6,799 (around Rs 78,000), while the Mate 50 will be available in China starting at CNY 4,999, roughly Rs 57,300. Both phones come in five colors, (translated from Chinese), Obsidian Black, Frost Silver, Purple, Daybreak, and Kunlun.