the huawei Mate 50 Pro is the latest and greatest smartphone from Huawei. This is the company’s new flagship offering, which was initially launched in early September. It took a while for the phone to reach global markets, but now it’s finally here. It’s available for pre-order in the UK and is looking to spread its influence to more European markets soon. That said, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro review unit arrived in our offices and we managed to get our initial hands-on time with it, along with first impressions.
For full disclosure, I have been using the phone for about a day before writing this article. I have to be honest, I always expect quality when it comes to Huawei, but this phone managed to surprise me. Its design and camera performance were the two main aspects that surprised me, although I had high expectations at first. To tell you the truth, these are just initial impressions, I have a lot of testing to do and frankly, nothing I say here is definitive, basically. I’ll lay it all out in the full review.
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro feels great in the hand, it doesn’t feel big or bulky at all
Let’s start with the design. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro model we got is made of metal, glass and vegan leather. It has an orange vegan leather backplate, which is matched with a bronze-colored frame and camera island. That’s complemented by a curved glass panel on the back. The screen is protected by Kunlun glass and Huawei guarantees its hardness. We’ll see. The first thing I do when I receive a phone for review is remove the plastic screen protector, if there is one. That way, we can all get a better idea of how the screen looks, feels, holds, and how the fingerprint scanner works.
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is not a small device, not at all. In fact, it includes a 6.74-inch screen and it is quite large. Truth be told, it doesn’t feel that great. I have used smaller devices that feel bigger and bulkier than this. It doesn’t even look like it weighs 205 grams, and it does. Huawei did a great job when it comes to weight distribution on this phone, and I can’t stress it enough. The phone sits nicely in the hand, and the vegan leather back is just a bonus. It makes the phone feel good in your hand without giving you the feeling of holding a bar of soap. It doesn’t slip and feels premium at the same time. That is definitely a winning combination.
Camera setup looks promising and initial camera samples are excellent
What about the cameras? Well, I’ve been taking pictures since yesterday, and my first impressions are excellent, actually. I was expecting a good camera, like I usually do with Huawei phones, but I wasn’t expecting this. the huawei companion xs 2 Y pocket P50 had good cameras, but from the Huawei P50 ProThey were not leaders in their class. Well, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro certainly looks promising. The main camera is called the Ultra Aperture XMAGE camera and features a single lens with variable aperture. There are 10 steps available and this camera works very well. I really don’t want to spoil anything for the review, nor did I spend enough time with the camera, but the initial images are really impressive, both day and night.
There are actually three cameras on the back here, plus a color temperature sensor. In addition to the 50-megapixel main camera just mentioned, there’s also a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto camera. Images from the telephoto and ultra-wide cameras also look promising, as do the macro shots. I spent a lot of time taking macro photos today, in fact, they are that good. There’s a lot to prove here, and I’ve barely scratched the surface, but it seems my caution due to XMAGE Imaging’s rebranding was misplaced.
You get two secure biometric solutions, and both worked great for me…so far
What more is there to say? Well, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes with advanced face scanning, which seems to work very well. So does the phone’s in-display fingerprint scanner, which is an optical scanner. It is extremely fast and precise. So you have two great biometric solutions to choose from here, which is a rarity. This is basically the only modern phone to offer both, with neither being that secure, yeah I’m looking at you, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Face scanning means you have to put up with that notch at the top, but frankly , it’s not as loud as it looks, and I got used to it almost immediately.
There’s a lot more to say here, but let’s save all of that for the full review. I will continue to use the phone and put it to the test. Let’s see what else it has to offer. While you wait for that though, feel free to check out the attached images for a closer look at the phone.