Huawei releases Mate 50 smartphone series with satellite communication
The Mate 50, the newest iteration of Huawei’s flagship smartphone line, was released on Tuesday.
The brand-new phones are the first to handle communication over China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a global satellite network similar to GPS.
The latest self-developed operating system from the Shenzhen-based company, HarmonyOS 3, which ships with the phones, offers a new emergency mode that can keep the phone on standby for a further three hours with just one percent battery.
Multiple copies of a file will only occupy one file’s space in the new phones’ storage, according to Eric Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer branch.
It’s been nearly two years since the release of the last-generation Mate 40 series, which is unusually slow in the series’ decade-long history.
Many believe Mate 50’s release was delayed by U.S. government sanctions against the company, and the wait hyped up expectations
The base price for the new series remains unchanged from the Mate 40, which may come as a bummer for potential buyers. The new series is 4G-only and previous 4G Huawei phones are priced cheaper than their 5G equivalents.