Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro: Huawei proves that they still know how to make attractive high-end smartphones

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In China, Huawei held a very long back-to-school conference on September 6. On the menu, the presentation of its new products and services, including its latest mobile flagships: Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro. Models enjoying amazing photo assets.

That said, Apple isn’t the first to hold a back-to-school conference. Huawei pulled the rug out from under it and beat the Apple company by a small day. During its event, which lasted more than two hours, the Chinese company rolled out a list of new products covering all sorts of categories such as home, connected health, automotive and of course smartphones. It is this last point that interests us here, as the conference has given rise to the announcement of the Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 RS. New flagships that replace the Mate 40 that was presented almost two years ago and of which only the Pro version has been marketed in France.

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Xmage, Huawei’s internal photo processing

In addition to the mechanical part of the image, the company has developed its own software processing. The partnership with Leica ended when the German company had left Huawei for Xiaomi, the Chinese company had no choice but to manage everything in-house. This is how Xmage was born, Huawei’s photo brand promises, thanks to the software treatments it includes, to improve the brilliance of photos to give the best possible result. In addition, the Chinese giant is inspired by the practice of duos forged between manufacturers of smartphones and cameras; like them, it allows the user to use colorimetric profiles when recording. Three are present (Original, Vivid and Bright) to offer different renderings, whether you want more contrast or slightly more colorful images. It will be interesting to compare the renderings of the photos taken with a Mate 50 Pro with the renderings of a P50 Pro (released in July 2021). Because if the various photo modules that make up its rear block are the same on paper, this new imaging may well change the situation.

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Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro: Huawei proves that they still know how to make attractive high-end smartphones

Mate 50 Pro and RS

Huawei’s spearhead is therefore the Mate 50 Pro. And if the strength of the Mate series lies in innovation, this model is no exception to the rule. Its main asset lies – unsurprisingly – in its photo component. The Chinese company equips it with a main module of 50 megapixels (Sony IMX766) with variable aperture between f/1.4 and f/4.0. Next to it is a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module that also allows you to take macro shots. To fine-tune the photographic experience, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens has been added, offering up to 3.5x optical magnification. Digitally, the company goes further than its competitors, promising a 200x zoom, double what Samsung offers on the S22 Ultra. If the Mate 50 Pro offers a photo block almost identical to that of the P50 Pro, the Mate 50 Pro RS is a bit different: its telephoto module shows not 64, but 48 Mpx.

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The layout of the photo modules on the Mate 50 series.

The layout of the photo modules on the Mate 50 series.

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In terms of design, Huawei does not revolutionize anything. On the back, the photo island is round, in the wake of Mates since generation 30 (2019). A reminiscence from the past that we also find on the front with the presence of a notch that houses the sensor for facial recognition as well as a 13 megapixel photo module. The panel also measures 6.74 inches, is based on Oled technology and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The definition is 2616 x 1212 pixels and Huawei states an attenuation at 1440 Hz.

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Inside there is a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but in 4G unfortunately. However, this is a nice development compared to the Snapdragon 888, which was still present in some high-end of the company with red petals. 8 GB of RAM is connected to the processor as well as 256 or 512 GB of storage, depending on the selected variant. It should be noted that the RS version opts for 12 GB of RAM. The battery is 4700 mAh and wired charging of 66 W is planned. Wireless, it takes 50 W. The IP68 standard is on the program, an excellent point for any self-respecting high-end smartphone.

The RS version, in collaboration with Porsche Design.

The RS version, in collaboration with Porsche Design.

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mate 50

The non-Pro version of the Mate 50 series serves more as an entry point to the series. Its technical sheet is therefore a bit thinner, without being discounted. We find a 6.7 inch Oled screen, but the refresh rate drops to 90 Hz. The definition is also revised as we go to 2700 x 1224 pixels. The rear design is similar to the Mate 50 Pro, but the front only has a center punch. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G equips it with 8GB of RAM and only 256GB of storage. The accumulator is slightly more modest at 4460 mAh, but the wired and wireless charging remain identical. The IP68 standard also remains in the game.

The new Mate 50s have an IP68 standard.

The new Mate 50s have an IP68 standard.

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In the picture, it also benefits from a main module of 50 megapixels with variable focal length. The 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module is also present. The telephoto lens changes and goes to 12 megapixels, with necessarily a smaller magnification and a digital zoom x100.

A fourth model has been announced in Asia, the Mate 50e, but it is not listed on Huawei’s global site, which usually covers European releases. Although no announcement has been made regarding possible releases in France, it is not unlikely to see a Classic model and a Pro model land in our regions before the end of the year.

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