Huawei announces the presentation of its Mate 50 series on September 6. The series should be made up of four smartphones which, this year, will not benefit from Leica’s photo contribution.
Increasingly discreet in the mobile telephony segment in our region, and focusing more on the world of computing and audio, Huawei nevertheless regularly announces new products. It is not abandoning the high-end smartphone market, and intends to announce its Mate 50 series next week. On the Chinese social network Weibo, the manufacturer has indicated that it will hold a conference on September 6.
Accompanied by a visual showing a sunrise over a mountainous landscape — a metaphor for a rebirth? — as well as a ring evoking the circular photo module characteristic of the Mate series, the invitation seems to give an appointment to the “summit”. But if the range is to reach it, it will be without its usual companion, Leica, whose partnership with Huawei has ended and which has recently moved closer to another Chinese telephony giant, Xiaomi.
If two weeks separate us from the official announcement of the smartphones, some elements already allow us to get a precise idea. The leakers have indeed been having a field day for a few weeks. One of them had fun compiling the information circulating in the Middle Kingdom, and is thus counting on a range comprising no less than four smartphones: the Mate 50E, the Mate 50, the Mate 50 Pro and the Mate 50 RS.
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If it is appropriate to take these leaks with tweezers, it would be a question for the entire range of Full HD + and Amoled screens, the 50E and 50 being satisfied with a diagonal of around 6.3 inches and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, while the 50 Pro and 50 RS would benefit from a format of around 6.8 inches and a refresh rate of 120 Hz (LTPO). the leaker also believes that all devices would be equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip in 4G version, with the exception of the 50E, confined to the Snapdragon 778G, 4G too. All would benefit from a 4400 to 4500 mAh battery compatible with fast charging at 66 W.
As for the thorny question of photography, novelties are to be expected. The entire range would be entitled to a 50 megapixel main sensor (IMX766 for the 50E and 50, IMX800 for the 50 Pro and 50 RS), associated with wide-angle optics with variable aperture (from f / 1.4 at f/4). There is also talk, for each, of at least a second 13-megapixel module including ultra-wide-angle optics. We can easily imagine that the most high-end smartphones in the series will also be entitled to a telephoto lens. Let’s add that a ceramic shell could also be reserved for the Mate 50 RS, resolutely the most advanced smartphone of the lot.
These smartphones should not arrive alone, since at least one tablet could accompany them. There is currently talk of a 12.4-inch MatePad Pro, which should logically ship the HarmonyOS 3 operating system, freshly announced by Huawei. The latter could also include a new functionality on smartphones: it is a question of a system allowing to reserve a small portion of battery for the issuance of emergency calls and SMS.