The Huawei Mate 50 Pro sits at the top of the lineup for 2022 and has the usual compelling mix of hardware seen in high-end Mate models over the past several years. This is our unboxing and first impressions of the Mate 50 Pro.
The Mate 50 Pro feels and looks premium. The leather-like material on the back is nice and soft to the touch and eliminates the need for a case. The aluminum frame and curves around the screen and back create a product that feels great in the hand. Despite its 6.74-inch 120Hz OLED screen, the Mate 50 Pro is easier to use with one hand than competing flagships with similar sized screens.
Interestingly, Huawei ditched the punch hole and you get the benefit of a 3D TOF biometric sensor reminiscent of the one used on the Mate 20 Pro from 2018. The screen is protected by Huawei Kunlun Glass and the phone itself is IP68 dust and water resistant. In-box contents include a clear silicone protective case, a 66W charger and a USB cable.
Cameras are traditionally a strong point of Mate devices, and this year’s Mate 50 Pro brings XMAGE imaging technology and a powerful 50MP wide, 64MP periscope (3.5x optical zoom) and 13MP ultrawide setup with variable aperture. We make sure to pay extra attention to cameras in our review process.
Elsewhere, the Mate 50 Pro gets the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset for obvious reasons, though it lacks 5G connectivity. One of the marquee features – BDS-3 satellite messaging is unfortunately not available on our global range. Stay tuned for our full review.