Huawei Technologies Co on Tuesday launched its new flagship smartphone series, Mate-50, which supports satellite communications but lacks a 5G connection owing to US sanctions that restrict the company’s access to advanced semiconductors.
The Mate 50-series will be the first smartphone linked with China’s BeiDou global satellite navigation system, Richard Yu Chengdong, Chief Executive Of Huawei’s consumer business group, said at the product launch.
This technology will enable users to send messages and their location data via BeiDou in the absence of local mobile network services.
The new smartphone series price starts from 4,999 yuan (US $ 721) for the basic model and 6,777 yuan for the Pro version. The phone will support a 4G connection instead of a 5G network. The Mate 50 smartphones are powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor.
The new handsets have HarmonyOS 3, the latest iteration of Huawei’s alternative operating system. This phone will also be equipped with in-house-developed Xmage cameras, which replace the optical systems from Leica Camera.
At the launch event of the Mate-50 series, the company also introduced the latest version of its electric sport-utility vehicle, the Aito M5, price starting from 288,600 yuan.
Huawei is expecting favourable results from this smartphone despite its lack of 5G networks. According to Will Wong, a Singapore-based analyst, “the company’s brand name, as a matter of pride, is expected to continue helping drive sales in the market segment”.
Huawei’s Mate 50-series Debut came just before the launch of Apple’s flagship smartphone iPhone 14. Now to see ━ if it would be able to attract users eagerly waiting for new smartphones in the market with the latest features.