Rumor has it that Huawei will only unveil the 4G Mate 50 series on September 7

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With US restrictions still making life miserable for Huawei, the company has decided not to release a few flagship models every year (the photography-focused P series and the technologically advanced Mate series) in order to have just one flagship model in a calendar. to produce. year. Huawei alternates with the P 50 flagship series released last year, shipping the Mate 50 flagship series this year.

Huawei’s flagship line for 2022, the Mate 50, could launch on September 7

According to ITHome, the line will be launched on September 7. These will be the first Mate phones made by Huawei since the Mate 40 series of 2020. The report says there could be as many as four different variants of the line, including the Huawei Mate 50e, Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro. and Mate 50 RS. All three except the Mate 50 RS can be powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 9000S.

Huawei doesn’t have enough stock of its Kirin 9000S chip to cover all four models. That’s because the US changed an export rule in 2020 that prevents foundries using US technology from sending chips to Huawei. As a result, while the Huawei P50 series flagship used Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset, the component was modified to prevent it from being used with 5G networks.

Last month, we relayed a rumor from a tipster who posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo. At first we thought about the speculation that Huawei would use chips produced using the mature 14nm process node for next year’s P60 flagship series to be insane. But then it dawned on us that 14nm is the most advanced complex chipset that China’s largest foundry, SMIC, can currently produce.

If Huawei wants to compete in the smartphone market and try to recapture its glory days when it nearly surpassed Samsung as the world’s top handset shipper, it will eventually have to offer 5G models. But the Mate 50 series will only continue to support 4G, which is rather ironic given that Huawei’s position as one of the leading suppliers of telecom equipment worldwide means it has worked on more 5G networks than most companies in the field. Still, it can’t offer 5G support on its latest and greatest phones. What the Mate 50 series will offer is the latest version of Huawei’s proprietary Harmony operating system, version 3.0.

The Chinese manufacturer lost its ability to use the Google Mobile Services (GMS) version of the open-source Android operating system thanks to US measures in 2019 that put Huawei on the entity list. Listed for security reasons, Huawei still cannot access its US supply chain, which includes Google and the GMS version of Android.

Hi Leica, hello XMAGE

The Mate 50 will include new features for the rear camera array, and a video of a concept version of the Mate 50 based on past leaks and rumors reveals an iPhone-like notch on the screen. The 2019 Mate 30 series was the last of the Mate models to have a notch on the front screen.

The Mate 50 rear camera carries the XMAGE brand, which is the company’s name for the new photography technologies it will be using on its high-end phones. Previously, the company partnered with camera and lens manufacturer Leica to provide the company with optics for its smartphone cameras. That partnership ended and Leica is now supplying optics to fellow Chinese phone vendor Xiaomi.

So Huawei will be developing its own imaging and optical technologies under the XMAGE brand, which will feature prominently on the Mate 50’s rear camera if the phone looks like the concept in the video we embedded in the story.

Huawei is no longer the smartphone powerhouse it once was, but it still has the technological capabilities to innovate, which means we have to keep an eye on the company’s phones.

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