Huawei wants to put one of its phones back in the highest range on the market to fight not only in photography but also in power. For that, they have finally adopted the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and I will tell you about my experience with the Huawei Mate 50 Pro in this analysis.
Huawei’s track record since the US veto has been bumpy. They started strong, with the intention of not noticing the blow, but little by little we began to see the consequences of the ‘ban’.
It was not only software and the impossibility of using GMS but also an impediment to mounting a 5G modem on their most powerful mobiles. We have seen this in terminals such as the P50 Pro or the Mate XS 2, which still had the Snapdragon 888 and, furthermore, without 5G.
The play is repeated in this Huawei Mate 50 Pro, which arrives without 5G, but is finally updated to a next-generation processor.
After a week of using it as my main mobile, I’ll tell you how it went in this Huawei Mate 50 Pro test.
The review of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro: analysis, test, and opinion of Computerhoy :
- Characteristics and technical sheet of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
- Design: the sensation of having a premium mobile in total
- Screen and sound: the notch reappears on a very good screen to consume content
- Performance and autonomy: Huawei is now in the league of TOP mobile phones… in hardware
- Cameras: Three cameras for beastly versatility
- Versions, offers, and prices of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
- Review Is it worth buying the Huawei Mate 50 Pro?
Datasheet of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
First of all, these are the technical characteristics of the latest from Huawei:
|Huawei Mate 50 Pro|
|Screen||6.74″ OLED | 2,616 x 1,212 pixels | 120 Hz | Kunlun Glass|
|Processor||Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1|
|Storage||256 or 512 GB UFS 3.1|
|main chambers||Main 50 Mpx f/1.4/4.0 OIS | Wide angle of 13 Mpx f / 2.2 | Tele 64 Mpx 3.5x OIS f / 3.5|
|Frontal camera||13MP f/2.4 | TOF 3D|
|Drums||4,700mAh | 66W wired charging | 50W wireless | 5W reverse charge|
|Operating system||Android + EMUI 13|
|connectivity||GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, NavIC | Bluetooth 5.2 | 4G | wifi 6|
|Dimensions and weight||162.1 x 75.5 x 8.5mm | 205 grams|
|Additional features||Charger in the box | Silicone sheath|
As you can see, no components have been spared in this generation and we have a mobile capable of competing head-to-head against the rest of the premium range.
It stands out, of course, the Snapdragon processor and the camera section, two of the things that we are going to test below.
The feeling of having a premium mobile in total
The Mate 50 Pro is a mobile that attracts attention as soon as you take it out of the box. The color that I got is not the most appropriate to avoid fingerprints on the back, but the truth is that it is the most attractive.
That silver color seems beautiful to me and it looks great with the camera module, making it much more integrated into the body than what happens in other colors as in previous generations.
In the Mate 40 Pro, we had a black camera module that went less unnoticed and here we go to an individual design for each of the cameras.
I like it better, to be honest, but aside from all that, I’m glad Huawei continues with this design line because it is distinctive (although Honor has shot it a bit ).
What I don’t like so much is that the volume and lock buttons are located very high on the right side. It is a 162 mm high mobile, so sometimes it is difficult to reach the buttons without making an “effort” with your hand.
But hey, the finishes are TOP, aluminum, and glass “melt” in a very pleasant way for the touch and it is a terminal with IP68 protection and, in addition, a screen with Huawei Kunlun Glass protection.
This is a new protection for the screens that Huawei is promoting as a competitor to Gorilla Glass and that, well, gives us a little more security because it seems that the Chinese company could not opt for that protection on its terminals either.
The notch reappears on a very good screen to consume content
And if it attracts attention from behind, it is clear that, in front, too. And it is that you only have to see the photographs that accompany this analysis: the notch has returned to Huawei’s most premium range.
Let’s see, to be fair, it’s not like the Mates had a tiny notch. In fact, they had this eyebrow until the Mate 30 Pro and, although it disappeared with the 40 Pro, we had the double hole on one of the sides.
I am not going to criticize the notch or the double holes because we have them in some mobiles (the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro, with its dynamic island, two examples) and because the hardware has to be inserted somewhere. recognition.
And it is that, yes, the Mate 50 Pro has a biometric facial recognition system, nothing from the 2D photo to unlock with the face. This allows for a higher level of security both for unlocking the device and for purchases.
Now, it is not the only system, since we also have the unlocking by fingerprint on the screen. It is an optical sensor that is very close to the lower frame, something that is not comfortable for me because you have to make a strange movement with your hand.
And, to tell you the truth, the speed is… fair. Neither excellent nor very bad, but it is not as fast as we would expect in this range.
For the rest, it seems to me a very good screen to consume content. It is curved, so we have the sides with a certain shadow in content with a blank screen, but even if I prefer flat panels, I know that there are lovers of curvature and, in addition, aesthetically it also gives it a point.
We have an OLED panel that allows us to configure the colors both in standard mode -as it comes by default and as I have left it- and in live mode. I prefer the first one because the bright one is too saturated for my taste, but this is up to each one to decide.