Rumor has it that Huawei is gearing up to launch a new version of its popular Mate line of smartphones. This is despite the fact that the latest P model has yet to launch outside of China.
However, we’ve rounded up all the latest news and rumors about the Hauwei Mate 50 series, including whether or not it will be released at all.
When is the Hauwei 50 coming out?
In 2021, Huawei faced some disruption to its release schedules. The long-awaited P50 Pro is expected to be announced in the spring, but after delays, it finally arrived in July as a China-only release, with global availability confirmed in early 2022. This has led several news outlets to report that the Mate 50 may have been completely canceled, in part due to worldwide chip shortages and the ongoing battle between the Chinese company and the US government.
Others have stated that it is simply delayed and will arrive at some point in 2022.
Typically, the Mate series is introduced around September or a little later, with the last two generations debuting in the fall:
- Mate 40: November 2020
- Mat 30: September 2019
It seems unlikely that the Mate 50 will launch in 2021 – even if it’s only in China – but we’ve seen reports, in particular from the Chinese tech site IT, that suggest Huawei may be planning a release in the first quarter of 2022.
Again, this may only be in China, as was the case with the P50 series, but if it does arrive in the Far East in the spring, it could enter the world market by summer.
How much will the Huawei Mate 50 cost?
While there is no official pricing (or confirmation that the Mate 50 lineup will even appear), we need to look to the latest generation for some clues. Huawei offers three versions of the Mate 40 line: 40, 40 Pro and 40 Pro +, but not all are available in all territories. Due to the US ban, you cannot buy Huawei phones in North America unless you import them yourself. Thus, prices may be difficult to estimate due to taxes, customs fees, etc.
In the UK, Europe and Australia, the only phone available is the Mate 40 Pro, which will cost you the following:
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro: £ 1099 / € 1199.99 / AU $ 1999
In China, as you would expect, the entire range is available at the following prices:
- Huawei Mate 40: 4999 Y (about £ 574 / $ 780 / € 675)
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro: 5899 Y (Approx. £ 677 / $ 920 / € 796)
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro +: 8499 Y (approx. £ 975 / $ 1330 / € 1147)
Based on this, we can assume that the Huawei Mate 50 models may cost the following:
- Huawei Mate 50: £ 799 / $ 1099 / € 939
- Hauwei Mate 50 Pro: £ 1099 / $ 1,500 / € 1199.99
- Huawei Mate 50 Pro +: £ 1299 / $ 1775 / € 1499
What new features will we see in the Huawei Mate 50 devices?
Since the Mate 50 is essentially mythical at this point, there isn’t much to say about it. However, we did manage to find a few screams from other reporters who have some idea of what you might see when the phones finally hit the market.
GizmoChina says the Mate 50 lineup will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 chipset, although due to sanctions imposed by the US government, Huawei is expected to only offer 4G, not the 5G it is capable of. The Mate 40 Pro offered 5G because it used Huawei’s own Kirin 9000 processors.
Of course, there is no certainty that it will move to the next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon. The company has already announced that it is building its own manufacturing facility to avoid relying on third-party manufacturer TSMC. The bad news is that the company won’t be able to make chips for phones for a while. According to the FT report, the plant will begin manufacturing 28nm chips for IoT devices – and there is a long way to go before it can manufacture the 7nm processors used in today’s phones.
GizmoChina also reports that the Mate 50 devices will feature LTPO displays that appear to be in line with other new phones we expect to see in the first half of 2022. These panels are more energy efficient than existing ones, have a potentially higher maximum brightness and offer variable refresh rates up to 120Hz.
We’ve also seen similar rumors from the display industry expert. David Naranjo who tweeted a list of phones expected to use LTPO next year.
With the announcement of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max with variable refresh rates up to 120Hz, there are 20 current models rumored to use SDC’s LTPO OLED panels. pic.twitter.com/5wlbsl2HF1
– David Naranjo (@DSCCDave)
September 16, 2021
Perhaps the strangest rumor, again from GizmoChina, is that the Mate 50 will support satellite text messaging (SMS) communications when regular cellular networks are unavailable. This sounds like a cracker to us, so take it with a grain of salt.
One intriguing idea came in the form of a concept video for the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, created by designer HoilNDI. He used various leaks and speculations about the upcoming model to put together a great video in which the new phone shows off two huge circles on the back that house the triple camera section, LED flash and depth camera area.
Whether the Huawei Mate 50 will look like this or not remains to be seen, but hopefully it won’t be long before we know. One thing is for sure: until the Chinese company makes peace with the US and regains access to the Google Play Store and all the apps inside, it will be just great hardware, held back by the lack of the best apps that most people use (i.e. outside of China). …
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