Needless to say, Apple isn’t the first to hold a back-to-school conference. Huawei has pulled the rug out from under it, beating Apple’s company in one small day. During its event that lasted more than two hours, the Chinese company launched a list of new products covering all possible categories such as home, connected health, automotive and, of course, smartphones . It is the last point that interests us here, the conference that produced 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 is sold in France.
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Xmage, Huawei’s in-house photo processing
In addition to the mechanical part of the photo, the company develops its own processing software. The partnership with Leica ended, the German company leaving Huawei for Xiaomi, the Chinese company had no choice but to manage everything internally. This is how Xmage was born, Huawei’s photography brand that promises, thanks to the software treatments included in it, to improve the brightness of the photos to give the best possible results. In addition, the Chinese giant is inspired by the practices of duos forged between manufacturers of smartphones and cameras; like them, it allows the user to use the colorimetric profile when shooting. Three are available (Original, Vivid and Bright) to offer different renderings, whether you want more contrast or slightly more colorful images. It is interesting to compare the renderings of shots taken by a Mate 50 Pro with a P50 Pro (released in July 2021). Because if the different photo modules that make up its back block are the same on paper, it may be that this new image processing changes the situation.
Mate 50 Pro and RS
So Huawei’s flagship is the Mate 50 Pro. And if the strength of the Mate range is in innovation, this model is no exception to the rule. Its main asset lies – not surprisingly – in its photography segment. The Chinese company has equipped it with a main module of 50 megapixels (the Sony IMX766) with a variable aperture between f / 1.4 and f / 4.0. Next to this is a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module that also allows you to take macro shots. To improve the photography experience, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens has been added, offering up to 3.5x optical magnification. Digitally, the company is ahead of its competitors and promises a 200x zoom, double what Samsung offers in the S22 Ultra. If the Mate 50 Pro offers a photo block almost identical to the P50 Pro, the Mate 50 Pro RS is slightly different: its telephoto module does not show 64, but 48 Mpx.
In terms of design, Huawei has not changed anything. In the background, the island in the photo is round, after the Companions since generation 30 (2019). A reminder of the past that we also find on the front with the presence of a notch that houses the sensor for facial recognition as well as a 13 megapixel photo 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 shows a dimming of 1440 Hz.
Inside, there is a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but in 4G unfortunately. However, it is a nice evolution compared to the Snapdragon 888 which is still in some high-end of the company with red petals. 8 GB of RAM is accompanied by the processor as well as 256 or 512 GB of storage depending on the variant chosen. It should be noted that the RS version opts for 12 GB of RAM. The battery is 4700 mAh and wired charging is planned at 66 W. Wireless, it needs 50 W. The IP68 standard is in the program, an excellent point for any self-respecting high-end smartphone.
The non-Pro version of the Mate 50 series acts more as a gateway to the range. Its technical sheet is a little thin, without discount. We found a 6.7-inch Oled screen, but the refresh rate was reduced to 90 Hz. The definition is also changed, because we go to 2700 x 1224 pixels. The rear design is similar to the Mate 50 Pro, but the front has a center punch. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G equips it, with 8 GB of RAM and only 256 GB of storage. The accumulator is a little more modest, with 4460 mAh, but the wired and wireless charges remain the same. The IP68 standard also remains in the game.
In photography, it also benefits from a main module of 50 megapixels with variable focal length. There is also a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module. The telephoto lens changes and goes to 12 megapixels, which needs a little magnification and a digital zoom x100.
A fourth model was announced in Asia, the Mate 50e, but it was not shown on Huawei’s global site, which usually covers European releases. So, although no announcement has been made about possible releases in France, it is unlikely to see a classic model and a Pro model land in our regions before the end of the year.