Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro: Huawei shows that it still knows how to make attractive high-end smartphones

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In China, Huawei held a lengthy back-to-school conference on September 6. On the menu, the presentation of its new products and services, including its latest flagship phones: the Mate 50 and the Mate 50 Pro. Models that enjoy excellent photographic resources.

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

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How the pricing table works

Xmage, Huawei’s in-house photo processing

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

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Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro: Huawei shows that it still knows how to make attractive high-end smartphones

Mate 50 Pro and RS

Huawei’s spearhead is, therefore, the Mate 50 Pro. And if the strong point of the Mate range lies in innovation, this model does not escape the rule. Its main asset lies, as expected, in its photographic component. The Chinese firm equips it with a 50-megapixel main module (the Sony IMX766) with a variable aperture between f/1.4 and f/4.0. Attached to it is a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module that also allows you to capture macro shots. To fine-tune the photographic experience, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens has been added, offering up to 3.5x optical magnification. In digital, the firm goes further than its competitors and promises a 200x zoom, double what Samsung offers in the S22 Ultra. If the Mate 50 Pro offers a block of photos almost identical to that of the P50 Pro, the Mate 50 Pro RS is slightly different: its telephoto module does not show 64, but 48 Mpx.

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

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

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In terms of design, Huawei does not revolutionize anything. At the back, the photo island is round, following in the footsteps of the Mates since generation 30 (2019). A reminiscence of the past that we also find on the front with the presence of a notch that houses the facial recognition sensor as well as a 13-megapixel photographic 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 indicates dimming at 1440 Hz.

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Inside, there is a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but unfortunately in 4G. However, it is a nice evolution compared to the Snapdragon 888 that was still present in some high-end brands with red petals. The processor is coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 256 or 512 GB of storage depending on the chosen variant. It should be noted that the RS version opts for 12 GB of RAM. The battery is 4700 mAh and 66 W wired charging 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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Matte 50

The non-Pro version of the Mate 50 series acts more like a gateway to the range. Its technical file is therefore a little finer, without being on sale. We find a 6.7-inch Oled screen, but the refresh rate drops to 90 Hz. The definition is also revised, since 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. It is equipped with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G, with 8 GB of RAM and only 256 GB of storage. The battery is a bit more modest, with 4460 mAh, but wired and wireless charging remain identical. The IP68 standard also remains in the game.

The new Mate 50 have an IP68 standard.

The new Mate 50 have an IP68 standard.

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In the photo, it also benefits from a varifocal 50-megapixel main module. The 13 megapixel ultra wide angle module is also present. The telephoto lens changes and goes to 12 megapixels, with necessarily a lower magnification and a x100 digital zoom.

A fourth model, the Mate 50e, has been announced in Asia, but is not listed on Huawei’s global site, which typically covers European launches. Therefore, although no announcement has been made about possible launches in France, it is not unlikely that a classic model and a Pro model will arrive in our regions before the end of the year.

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