On September 6, Huawei released the new generation of its flagship smartphones, the Mate 50 series, in China. As the release date was only one day ahead of that of Apple’s new iPhone series, the two models’ direct confrontation attracted a lot of attention. On September 27, several reports showed that Huawei’s Mate 50 Pro was officially launched in the European market, including two options of 8+256GB and 8+512GB, selling for 1,299 euros to 1,399 euros ($1249.88 – $1346.10).
Huawei’s Mate 50 Series includes the Mate 50, Mate 50E, Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 RS Porsche Design Edition. Only the Pro version is listed overseas, and there are currently no plans for Huawei to launch other models outside China.
Huawei’s Mate 50 Pro released in overseas markets is not much different in hardware specifications from that which is available in China, though the overseas version only provides 4G functionality. The difference is that it does not provide Beidou satellite navigation support nor satellite connectivity for the time being. Furthermore, the overseas version uses the EMUI 13 system customized based on HarmonyOS 3.0.
In terms of configuration, the overseas edition is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 4G chipset and has a 6.74-inch OLED screen protected on the front and back by Kunlun Glass’s super anti-fall materials. It uses a combination of a 50MP camera (f/1.4~f/4.0 aperture, OIS optical anti-shake) + 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2 aperture) + 64MP telephoto long-focus camera (f/3.5 aperture, OIS optical anti-shake). The model has a battery of 4700mAh and supports 66W wired charging and 50W wireless fast charging.
Huawei’s Mate 50 series is selling well in China. When it was first released, many of the company’s offline stores saw long queues, while scalpers took the opportunity to up the price. According to the company, in the pre-sale stage, the number of reservations for Huawei’s online mall and major e-commerce platforms exceeded one million, among which Huawei’s Mate 50 Pro is the most popular model in the series. The order for models with Kunlun Glass is more than 50%.
Huawei has started to increase the production of its Mate 50 series mobile phones due to high demand. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Device BG, said in a social media post that the company would step up production to guarantee product supply.