There are a lot of question marks over the Huawei Mate 50 series, the anticipated 2021 entry in Huawei’s top-end Mate line of powerhouse mobile phones.
With the Huawei P50 series delayed, and months still expected, some would be surprised to hear that the Mate series was delayed as well – but then some sources seem to have been canceled altogether, And we will have to wait a year to see another Mate phone.
It’s a shame, because if it’s real, the Huawei Mate 50 could be one of the best handsets of the year. This was true of the Huawei Mate 40 range in 2020, phones that – especially in the case of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Pro Plus – had great screens, great designs, class-leading cameras, good battery life, and plenty of power.
So far we don’t know much about the Huawei Mate 50 range, but we expect all this to continue – possibly coupled with the higher price tag.
Below we’ll look at everything we’ve heard so far, along with release date and price details, and then a wish list of what we want out of the phone, as there’s always room for improvement.
According to a source, there will be no new Mate phones this year – so no Huawei Mate 50 or 50 Pro – for the first time since 2013.
cut to the chase
- What is this? Huawei Mate 40 . the phablet successor
- When is it out? maybe September or October, if at all
- How much will it cost? vague but a lot
Huawei Mate 50 release date and price
The Huawei Mate 50 will likely be announced later in the year, but exactly when is less clear. The Huawei Mate 40 range was unveiled in late October of 2020, and went on sale from November, but last year the Huawei Mate 30 was both announced and released in September.
We may see a delay – the Huawei P50 series has not launched at the time of writing despite the usual March appearance, and perhaps the Mate line will be pushed back so that the P devices have a chance to shine. That is, if the phone hasn’t been canceled, as one source thinks.
As for the price, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro was the only model in the current range to get a UK or Australian release, and was priced at £1099.99 / AU$1,999 (about $1,430). No phones were released in the US, but the standard Mate 40 debuted in Europe at €899 (about £810 / $1,065 / AU$1,500).
So pricing for the Huawei Mate 40 range could be similar – as could availability, but with no rumors yet, we’re not quite sure. We can only trust that the Range probably won’t land in the US thanks to the Huawei ban, though even with a new administration in power that may not be set in stone.
news and leaks
We don’t know much about the Huawei Mate 50 yet, but it is possible that it will be powered by the Kirin 9000 chipset. This is actually the same chipset that the Huawei Mate 40 has, which means the new phone won’t get as much power boost as usual.
The reason for this chipset likely is because Huawei’s US trade embargo means it can’t easily source the components to make the chipsets. However, it reportedly holds back enough Kirin 9000 stock to be able to equip the Huawei P50 range and perhaps the Mate 9000 range with it.
Genuine and rumored LTPO smartphones so far for 2021- S21 Ultra- Oppo Find X3/Pro- Z Flip 3- Z Fold 3- Xiaomi Mi 12- Huawei Mate 50 Pro- Apple iPhone 12s Pro- Apple iPhone 12s Pro MaxJanuary 22, 2021
elsewhere, Ross Young (a display industry expert and leaker) has tweeted that the Huawei Mate 50 Pro is among the 2021 phones that are rumored to have an LTPO (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) screen.
This is the type of screen technology we’ve seen on some phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, but not many. This allows the refresh rate of the display to be changed dynamically, without additional hardware components.
This in turn probably means two things for the Huawei Mate 50 Pro. Firstly, it will likely have a refresh rate above 60Hz (which is hardly surprising given that the Mate 40 range has a 90Hz refresh rate), and secondly, it will likely have a variable refresh rate, which means it will be slower Switches on when an additional refresh is not needed, thereby conserving battery life.
what do we want to see
We don’t know much about the Huawei Mate 50 range at the time of writing, but we do know what we want.
1. More Apps
One of the biggest problems with Huawei’s recent phones is software, and apps in particular. The company’s phones can’t access the Google Play Store or use Google apps like Maps because of a US trade ban.
Huawei has its own alternative store, called AppGallery, as well as access to some third-party stores on its phones, but none of these can compete with Google Play, or in many cases Google’s own apps. , so there are a lot of gaps in its app library.
Fixing this for the Huawei Mate 50 range would make it more desirable, but short of the end of the trade embargo (which may not be entirely impossible now that a different government is in power) the situation probably won’t be much better.
2. Wide availability
None of the Huawei Mate 40 range landed in the US, and only the Huawei Mate 40 Pro landed in the UK or Australia, so for the Huawei Mate 50 range we want wider availability.
Specifically, we want to see every model in the UK and Australia. The US is still likely out of the question given the Huawei ban, but we want every region to have these phones.
3. A 120Hz or higher refresh rate
Every model in the Huawei Mate 40 range has a 90Hz refresh rate, which is a reasonable refresh rate for the basic model, but less impressive for the Mate 40 Pro, let alone the Mate 40 Pro Plus.
So we want the Huawei Mate 50 range to at least match the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21 range in offering 120Hz refresh rate on every model.
Better yet, we’d love to see an even higher refresh rate. Few gaming phones offer this, so there’s no reason a general-purpose flagship can’t.
4. Low Price
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro was an expensive phone at launch, and if the rest of the phone were available in the regions we covered, they might as well, so we’d be looking to see a price cut for the Huawei Mate 50 range. .
Samsung slashed the prices for the Galaxy S21 range, so it’s not out of the question, especially as Huawei would like to be able to compete with those phones.
5. An in-screen camera
One thing that can help make the Huawei Mate 50 range stand out is the in-screen selfie camera. It’s a feature we’ve now seen on the ZTE Axon 20 5G, and it’s also one that other companies are rumored to be working on, so it’s not unreasonable to expect the flagships to have a camera in the screen by the end of this year.
Also, one of the problems we had with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro was its large camera cut-out, which is what an in-screen camera will solve.
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