Huawei Mate 50 Flagships; Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, XMAGE Cameras

Huawei Mate 50 image 1

The Huawei Mate 50 series of smartphones has been announced. The company announced the devices during an event in China. Four smartphones got announced, three of which belong to the flagship lineup.

Those devices are the Huawei Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro, and Mate 50 RS Porsche Design. The Huawei Mate 50E also got announced, but that’s a mid-range smartphone, pretty much. We’ll talk about each of them below. We’ll actually group them two by two, as the Mate 50 and Mate 50E have a lot in common, and the same goes for the Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 RS Porsche Edition.

Before we get to it, do note that all of them have a similar camera island on the back. The cameras are not the same, but all of them have four cutouts inside that camera island. Not all of those cutouts are reserved for the cameras, though.

Also, they look quite similar overall, but there are differences we’ll note. Harmony OS 3.0 comes pre-installed on all of them in China.

Huawei Mate 50 & Mate 50E

Huawei Mate 50 image 1
Huawei Mate 50 image 1
Huawei Mate 50E image 1

The Huawei Mate 50 and Mate 50E come with flat displays, and a centered display camera hole. Design-wise, these two phones are extremely similar. Their internals are not the same, but there are similarities here as well.

Both devices have the same display. We’re looking at a 6.7-inch fullHD+ (2700 x 1224) OLED display. That panel offers a 90Hz refresh rate, and a 300Hz touch sampling rate. It can project up to 1 billion colors.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G fuels the Huawei Mate 50, while the Mate 50E ships with the Snapdragon 778G 4G. They cannot support 5G with those chips due to the US ban, that goes for all Huawei phones that get released these days.

They both include 128GB and 256GB storage options, while the Mate 50 also has a 512GB storage variant. That storage is expandable, though Huawei’s memory card will be necessary for that.

Huawei Mate 50 image 2
Huawei Mate 50 image 2
Huawei Mate 50E image 2

The camera situation is also quite interesting. The main and ultrawide cameras are the same on these two phones, but the Mate 50 also comes with a periscope telephoto unit. A 50-megapixel main camera (OIS, f/1.4-f/4 variable aperture) is backed by a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera (f/2.2 aperture) on both phones. The Mate 50 also includes a 12-megapixel periscope telephoto camera (F/3.4 aperture, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 50x digital zoom).

A 13-megapixel front-facing camera (f/2.4) is included on both phones. They also have the same battery capacity, a 4,460mAh battery is included. Huawei’s 66W fast wired charging is included on both devices, while the Mate 50 also supports 50W wireless charging.

The Huawei Mate 50 starts at CNY4,999 ($718) in China, while we still don’t know the price of the Mate 50E.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro & Mate 50 RS Porsche Edition

Huawei Mate 50 Pro image 1
Huawei Mate 50 Pro image 1
Huawei Mate 50 RS Porsche Design image 1

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is the company’s top-end flagship, and the RS Porsche Edition model is basically a luxury variant of it. The difference is the paint job on the back, some included software content, and so on. The specs are basically the same, though. Needless to say, the RS Porsche Edition model is more expensive, but more on that later.

Both phones are fueled by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G SoC, and feature a 6.74-inch display. That panel is curved, and we’re looking at a fullHD+ resolution here (2616 x 1212). A 120Hz refresh rate is supported, as is 300Hz touch sampling rate. This display can project up to 1 billion colors.

A notch is included on the Huawei Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 RS Porsche Edition. That notch is considerably less intrusive than the one on the iPhone 13 series, at least based on renders. The bezels are quite thin, though.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes in both 256GB and 512GB storage options, while the RS Porsche Edition packs in 512GB of storage only. Storage can be expanded on both smartphones, though.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro image 2

There are some differences in the camera department. The first two cameras are the same, but the third is not. A 50-megapixel main camera (f/1.4-f/4, OIS) is backed by a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera (f/2.2 aperture) on both phones.

The Mate 50 also includes a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto camera (F/3.5 aperture, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom, 100x digital zoom). The third camera on the Mate RS model is a 48-megapixel super macro telephoto camera (f/3.0 aperture, OIS).

Both phones include a 13-megapixel ultrawide selfie camera (f/2.4 aperture), in addition to a 3D depth camera. That depth camera is there for advanced facial scanning, and is the reason both phones have a notch.

A 4,700mAh battery sits inside both phones, while Huawei’s 66W wired charging is supported. Both phones also support 50W wireless charging.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro pricing starts at CNY6,799 ($977), while the Mate 50 RS Porsche Design model’s pricing starts at CNY12,999 ($1,868).

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