Huawei Mate 50 Pro impresses with great camera, but does not have 5G
How nice it would be if the Huawei Mate 50 Pro came with Google Services and 5G: Then you would have a great camera smartphone whose bokehs in portraits are adjustable and very accurate thanks to the variable aperture. You could zoom in on distant objects and still get a usable picture, and enjoy the bright and color-accurate OLED screen without PWM.
Unfortunately, in our review of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, the manufacturer's problems come to the fore. Since the US trade ban against the company, many software components and patents are no longer usable, so the current flagship has to do without Google Services. Sure, the App Gallery is getting better and better and provides users with almost all the apps they need, but sometimes makes unnecessary warnings about the supposed danger of downloading an app from a third-party provider.
At the same time, most of Google's apps do not run on the smartphone at all because Google Services is missing. And there are other difficulties: The patents necessary for using 5G are also missing, so the smartphone for around US$1,199 is essentially a 4G flagship...
Strong heating and the associated throttling under load were already a problem in the predecessor, and the new Qualcomm SoC proves unable to change that.
On the other hand, we like the sound of the speakers, the voice quality is impressive, positioning is very precise, and facial recognition with infrared support works perfectly.
So there is a lot to love about Huawei's smartphone. If you want to take a closer look at whether the smartphone is suitable for you, we recommend reading our detailed review of the Mate 50 Pro with all its test results and comparison tables.