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Huawei Mate 50 Pro smartphone review: The camera star has problems

It could be so much more. Huawei is once again offering a camera flagship in the Mate 50 Pro at a steep price this year. Variable aperture, optical zoom, high performance, a high-quality case and an OLED screen may well justify the price , but there is another problem...
Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Huawei has been delivering fantastic camera smartphones for years. However, the Chinese manufacturer has also been cut off from Google's services for years and is trying to build its own ecosystem with Huawei Mobile Services. In fact, many manufacturers are porting their apps to the platform, but certain tricks are often necessary to get the apps running. Especially when it comes to popular apps from Google, it sometimes doesn't work at all.

Of course, these are not the best prerequisites for Huawei's Mate 50 Pro, which is on offer for around US$ 1200 - not exactly cheap. But Huawei claims to offer a lot in return: an innovative camera with a variable aperture for natural bokeh effects, a high-quality optical zoom, as well as good equipment and material quality outside the camera. In addition, the company has abandoned its Kirin chips and now uses a Qualcomm SoC.

So, what predominates: frustration about the limited software, or joy about the high-quality phone? Find out in the following review.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro (Mate Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.70 inch 20:9, 2616 x 1212 pixel 430 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, 300 Hz sampling rate, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 235 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, Card Reader: NM card slot (shared, up to 256GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66) , Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 162.1 x 75.5 ( = 0.33 x 6.38 x 2.97 in)
Battery
4700 mAh Lithium-Ion, 66 Watt charging, 50 Watt wireless charging, 5 Watt wireless reverse charge
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.4-f/​4.0, pc-AF, laser-AF, contrast-AF, colour spectrum sensor, OIS, dual LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​60fps (Camera 1); 13.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle (Camera 2); 64.0MP, f/​3.5, phase comparison-AF, OIS, periscope-telephoto lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.4, Videos @2160p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, silicone bumper, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, eSIM support, IP68-certified, SAR: 0.43 W/kg (head), 1.09 W/kg (body), no Google services, fanless, waterproof
Weight
209 g ( = 7.37 oz / 0.46 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.9 %
11/2022
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
209 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2616x1212
90.6 %
11/2020
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Kirin 9000, Mali-G78 MP24
212 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.76"2772x1344
89.4 %
03/2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920
228 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"3088x1440
90.3 %
10/2022
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16, A16 GPU 5-Core
240 g128 GB NVMe6.70"2796x1290
89.2 %
06/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
234 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.81"3200x1440
87 %
08/2022
OnePlus 10T
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
203.5 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2412x1080

Case - Premium chassis with glass and aluminum

Huawei really cannot be accused of skimping on the case: High-quality metal and glass are used in the Mate 50 Pro and all elements merge seamlessly.  The smartphone is IP68 certified, namely dust- and water-proof, and withstands both pressure and twisting.

With its glossy glass back in black or silver and the large, round camera module in the upper area, Huawei's Mate 50 Pro not only looks chic, but also feels good and balanced when held and does not wobble on the table. However, the phone is very susceptible to fingerprints, so frequent cleaning is necessary to maintain its high-quality look.

The screen and back are protected by Huawei's Kunlun Glass, which is said to be particularly resistant to fall damage.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Size Comparison

164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.38 mm / 0.3299 inch 234 g0.516 lbs163.3 mm / 6.43 inch 77.9 mm / 3.07 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 228 g0.503 lbs162.96 mm / 6.42 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 212 g0.4674 lbs163 mm / 6.42 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 8.75 mm / 0.3445 inch 203.5 g0.4486 lbs162.1 mm / 6.38 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 209 g0.4608 lbs160.7 mm / 6.33 inch 77.6 mm / 3.06 inch 7.85 mm / 0.3091 inch 240 g0.529 lbs

Equipment - Own memory card format

Only one configuration variant of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro is offered in Europe: For 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of mass storage, Huawei is asking EUR 1,199. A version with 512 GB of storage is also available in other countries.

At least Huawei endows the USB-C port with slightly faster transfer speed, namely USB-C 3.1 Gen.1 with up to 5 GBit/s. A DisplayPort signal can also be output via the USB-C port so that the smartphone can be connected directly to a monitor.

You can also look forward to an infrared port again, which can be used to control TVs directly with the smartphone. NFC for mobile payment services is on board, but Google Pay cannot be used due to the missing services. Huawei is promoting its own alternative, Huawei Pay, but this does not work in Germany and Austria via NFC, but via barcodes from the provider Bluecode, which are only accepted at selected retailers.

Instead of a microSD card, only Huawei's own NM card format is supported. While they are as compact as a nano-SIM, there are currently only a few providers and the cards are available up to a maximum of 256 GB. You can also insert two SIM cards in the SIM tray instead.

Right: standby button, volume rocker
Right: standby button, volume rocker
Left: no ports
Left: no ports
Bottom: SIM tray, microphone, USB-C port, speakers
Bottom: SIM tray, microphone, USB-C port, speakers
Top: infrared port, microphone
Top: infrared port, microphone

Software - App limitations

Huawei's software is based on the open-source part of Android, so long-time users of Google's operating system do not have to undergo a complete readjustment. However, as previously mentioned, Google Services is missing, which, for example, links the smartphone's location function with apps or provides registration options, so Android apps have to be adapted by the developers accordingly in order to work with Huawei's services.

As a result, not all apps can be used on the Huawei Mate 50 Pro; Google's apps in particular usually do not work. The Chrome browser starts working, but soon complains about missing components. Many things appear to be improvised and this may put off inexperienced users, such as when Huawei's App Gallery warns us during installation that we are downloading an app from a potentially unsafe third-party provider.

If you buy a device that requests to be linked via a manufacturer's app, you should check in advance whether it is also compatible with the smartphone. Even though Huawei states that 90% of the most popular apps out there can be used, its own alternatives such as Petal Maps usually work well, and the App Gallery is constantly improving. Of course, it is annoying when the one app that you need is missing.

Huawei pre-installs many ad apps and games or offers the possibility to download them via icons on the home screen. So you have to do a little tidying up if you want a clean system.

In its first month in Europe, the device received two updates. The security patches were from the beginning of October 2022 at the time of review and thus quite up-to-date. The manufacturer promises at least two OS updates and three years of security patches, which is generally standard.

DRM L1 is available so that streaming content can be enjoyed in full quality.

Software of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Software of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Software of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Communication & GNSS - Only 4G in the flagship phone

Somewhat annoying is the fact that Huawei's Mate 50 Pro does not support WiFi 6E: Although there are still very few routers that support the fastest WLAN standard currently available, it can bring significant speed advantages, as our tests show.

So you have to be content with WiFi 6. While this is not enough for top position in terms of WLAN speed, the Mate 50 Pro nonetheless achieves very solid rates of around 950 MBit/s under testing in conjunction with our Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 reference router.

Due to US trade restrictions against Huawei, the Mate 50 Pro is only a 4G phone, which is a considerable shortcoming for a flagship phone in 2022. At least the smartphone covers all the necessary frequencies for functionality on the 4G network worldwide and delivers very good signal strength in our tests.

In China, Huawei's Mate series offers a feature that Apple also introduced for its latest generation of devices: If no cell phone network is available, but an emergency call has to be made, the smartphone can fall back on the Beidou satellite network. This means that communication is also possible in remote areas.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
934 (768min - 949max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
932 (835min - 949max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
723 (643min - 737max) MBit/s ∼77% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
716 (539min - 791max) MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (44.3 - 1736, n=117, last 2 years)
604 MBit/s ∼65% -35%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
942 (804min - 955max) MBit/s ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
933 (865min - 958max) MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
817 (751min - 852max) MBit/s ∼87% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (57.7 - 1710, n=118, last 2 years)
651 MBit/s ∼69% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
521 (311min - 704max) MBit/s ∼55% -45%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1704 (852min - 1767max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (853 - 1768, n=15, last 2 years)
1407 MBit/s ∼83%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1702 (1642min - 1735max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (598 - 1751, n=15, last 2 years)
1284 MBit/s ∼75%
iperf3 transmit AX12
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Mali-G78 MP24, Kirin 9000, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1395 (689min - 1434max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1190 (1121min - 1230max) MBit/s ∼85%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1368, n=145, last 2 years)
488 MBit/s ∼35%
iperf3 receive AX12
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Mali-G78 MP24, Kirin 9000, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1348 (1217min - 1413max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
779 (363min - 824max) MBit/s ∼58%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 953, n=146, last 2 years)
461 MBit/s ∼34%
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Huawei Mate 50 Pro; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø932 (835-949)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø942 (804-955)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

Huawei supports a variety of networks for the smartphone's satellite positioning, namely GPS, AGS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, and NavIC. Localiaztion outdoors takes place very quickly and precisely at an accuracy of up to 3 meters.

The smartphone passes our practical test, a bike ride with the Garmin Venu 2 as a comparison device, with flying colors: Apart from a small deviation at the end of the ride, the Mate 50 Pro's tracking capability is very precise.

Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – overview
Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – overview
Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – loop
Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – loop
Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – bridge
Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – bridge
Localization of the Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Localization of the Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Localization of the Garmin Venu 2 – loop
Localization of the Garmin Venu 2 – loop
Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – bridge
Localization of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro – bridge

Telephony & Voice Quality - Clearly understandable

Huawei's standard telephony and contact apps are preinstalled on the device. We were also able to download Google's standard apps via apk download and use them without problems, even though they complained that the device was not supported.

The voice quality of the smartphone is very good. The earpiece can get very loud, which is why nearby parties may hear what our conversation partner is saying. The speaker's voice is also transmitted clearly, both when we make calls on the device and when we speak hands-free. However, one should not speak too softly, otherwise the microphone may fail to pick up our voice.

Cameras - Sharpness, zoom and bokeh are impressive

Photo with the front camera
Photo with the front camera

Huawei has discontinued its long-standing cooperation with Leica and is now launching the Huawei Mate 50 Pro without the famous brand name. The camera setup on the back has been completely revised, compared to the predecessor Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

This consists of a 50-megapixel main camera with a variable aperture and an optical image stabilizer. Images are usually taken at 12.5 megapixels in order to achieve even higher light output, but it is also possible to use the full resolution.

The camera takes very nice pictures where the main subject is clearly displayed and the background is slightly blurred. In ambient pictures, a lot of details are visible and, despite the cloudy weather, color reproduction is still decent. Even in candlelight, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro still takes good photos with lots of details and well-lit areas, whereas the Honor Magic4 Pro shows slightly more dynamics here. 

A real optical zoom is possible with the help of the periscope camera. The image processor renders the final image from simultaneous pictures of the main camera and the zoom lens, so the pictures are quite sharp even at longer distances.

Videos can be recorded in 4K resolution and at 60 FPS. However, given the price range, there is no option to record movies in 8K. Nevertheless, Huawei's Mate 50 Pro produces moving images in very good quality. A hybrid zoom between the ultra-wide-angle and the main camera is also possible during recording.

At the front, there is a 13-MP selfie camera. It displays faces very clearly, but could do with a little more dynamics in dark areas.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera - flowerMain camera - environmentMain camera - low lightWide angle camera
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As a special innovation, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro integrates a physically existing variable aperture into the main camera, which is intended to ensure soft and precise blurring effects in the background.

We compared the bokeh effect with other strong camera smartphones and found that the Mate 50 Pro actually does a very good job: The focused poinsettia is displayed very sharply, while the background with its not-excessive blur makes the plant stand out very well. Thanks to the variable aperture, the strength of the bokeh effect can even be regulated.

The Honor Magic4 Pro also does a good job, while the digitally generated bokeh of the Google Pixel 7 Pro appears overdone and is not quite accurate either.

The Mate 50 Pro also takes very sharp photos under laboratory conditions and lights up subjects very well at only 1 lux.

Bokeh effect of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Bokeh effect of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Bokeh effect of the Honor Magic4 Pro
Bokeh effect of the Honor Magic4 Pro
Bokeh effect of the Google Pixel 7 Pro
Bokeh effect of the Google Pixel 7 Pro
ColorChecker
12.5 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
0.6 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
13 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Mate 50 Pro: 8.63 ∆E min: 0.58 - max: 17.3 ∆E
ColorChecker
8.8 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
14 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
9 ∆E
9 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
12 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Mate 50 Pro: 9.89 ∆E min: 6.37 - max: 14 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty - Hardly any official accessories to buy

Huawei packs a decent package of accessories in the smartphone's box: a 66-watt charger, a USB cable, a silicone bumper, and a SIM tool are included. A protective film is attached to the display ex-works.

Huawei offers a 24-month warranty for its phone in Germany. This may differ in other countries, so be sure to check with your supplier before purchasing.

Input Devices & Operation - Accurate facial recognition

The touchscreen, with its glass curved over the corners, allows for very precise input and is very reactive thanks to the 120 Hz panel and 300 touch queries per second. Even fingers lying on the edge do not interfere with operation.

A fingerprint sensor under the display's glass is available for authentication. It recognizes previously registered fingers very accurately and unlocks the phone almost immediately.

Huawei is following Apple's example and has installed an infrared sensor on the front, which is used for facial recognition and creates a 3D image together with the front camera so that the technology is less susceptible to tricking. The facial recognition also works quickly and reliably in the dark.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display – Huawei with very bright AMOLED

At 2,616 x 1,212 pixels, the AMOLED screen in the Mate 50 Pro offers slightly fewer pixels than other phones in this price range. On the other hand, the difference is not visible to the naked eye, and content is still displayed very sharply.

In our test with the spectrophotometer, we measured an average brightness of 944.8 cd/m². A good value, but it cannot quite keep up with the top values of the Galaxy S22 Ultra or the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Nevertheless, it is sufficient for HDR playback.

918
cd/m²
931
cd/m²
968
cd/m²
921
cd/m²
940
cd/m²
985
cd/m²
912
cd/m²
937
cd/m²
991
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 991 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 944.8 cd/m² Minimum: 1.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 940 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.18 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.217
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
AMOLED, 2616x1212, 6.70
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
OLED, 2772x1344, 6.76
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Dynamic AMOLED, 3088x1440, 6.80
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Super Retina XDR OLED, 2796x1290, 6.70
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.81
OnePlus 10T
Fluid AMOLED, 2412x1080, 6.70
Screen
-15%
17%
7%
-9%
-31%
Brightness middle
940
778
-17%
1077
15%
1061
13%
891
-5%
861
-8%
Brightness
945
782
-17%
1093
16%
1057
12%
888
-6%
856
-9%
Brightness Distribution
92
95
3%
97
5%
99
8%
99
8%
97
5%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.18
1.4
-19%
1.2
-2%
1.3
-10%
1.9
-61%
2.27
-92%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.86
3.5
-22%
2
30%
3.1
-8%
3.7
-29%
4.17
-46%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.1
2.5
-19%
1.3
38%
1.6
24%
1.3
38%
2.9
-38%
Gamma
2.217 99%
2.22 99%
2.37 93%
2.19 100%
2.3 96%
2.303 96%
CCT
6352 102%
6530 100%
6526 100%
6511 100%
6527 100%
6141 106%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 119.9 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 119.9 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 119.9 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19590 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Huawei spares the eyes of its users: Even at the lowest brightness setting, only the frame rate of 120 Hz was visible in our test with the oscilloscope, but no PWM signal. The screen's response times are very short, so gamers will be pleased.

Color reproduction was very accurate in our tests, so no differences in color tones are visible to the naked eye.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1 ms rise
↘ 0.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.6 ms rise
↘ 0.7 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.9 ms).

The bright display cuts a good figure outdoors. Most parts of the screen are still visible even in direct autumn sunlight. The viewing angles are also without complaint, so the screen can be viewed from the sides without problems.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Now with Qualcomm SoC

Huawei has a small surprise in store for the SoC of the Mate 50 Pro: The smartphone does not use the in-house Kirin processor, the production of which Huawei had to stop due to trade restrictions. Instead, Huawei now uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is one of the most powerful SoCs currently on the market.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro cannot quite keep up with the new iPhones, but it does take first place in the benchmarks among the competing Android devices. In everyday use, this is enough for smooth operation, even in very performance-intensive apps.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1885 Points ∼100% +103%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (930 - 1356, n=14)
1292 Points ∼69% +39%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1277 Points ∼68% +37%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1154 Points ∼61% +24%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
989 Points ∼52% +6%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
930 Points ∼49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=265, last 2 years)
737 Points ∼39% -21%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
5533 Points ∼100% +34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (3987 - 4436, n=14)
4218 Points ∼76% +2%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
4139 Points ∼75%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
3987 Points ∼72% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
3560 Points ∼64% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3462 Points ∼63% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=265, last 2 years)
2374 Points ∼43% -43%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (846323 - 1119358, n=13)
1024648 Points ∼100% +18%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
949107 Points ∼93% +9%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
870815 Points ∼85%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
846323 Points ∼83% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
801983 Points ∼78% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
704479 Points ∼69% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1119358, n=160, last 2 years)
584886 Points ∼57% -33%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
15944 Points ∼100% +45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (11029 - 17727, n=13)
14935 Points ∼94% +35%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13982 Points ∼88% +27%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
12579 Points ∼79% +14%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
11029 Points ∼69%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=213, last 2 years)
10352 Points ∼65% -6%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1329 Points ∼100% +28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (806 - 1178, n=13)
1046 Points ∼79% +1%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1038 Points ∼78%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
990 Points ∼74% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
942 Points ∼71% -9%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
806 Points ∼61% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1332, n=97, last 2 years)
775 Points ∼58% -25%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
8320 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (6423 - 8753, n=13)
7736 Points ∼93% +8%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
7178 Points ∼86%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6365 Points ∼77% -11%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6319 Points ∼76% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 8753, n=179, last 2 years)
4625 Points ∼56% -36%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
Points ∼0% -100%
System
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
12230 Points ∼100% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (10047 - 13563, n=13)
12129 Points ∼99% +9%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
11164 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
10464 Points ∼86% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
9696 Points ∼79% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2083 - 19657, n=179, last 2 years)
8168 Points ∼67% -27%
Memory
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
8822 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (6124 - 9017, n=13)
7787 Points ∼88% +3%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
7587 Points ∼86%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
7453 Points ∼84% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6212 Points ∼70% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=179, last 2 years)
5204 Points ∼59% -31%
Graphics
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
24037 Points ∼100% +20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (16742 - 26660, n=13)
21343 Points ∼89% +6%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
20111 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
17104 Points ∼71% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12776 Points ∼53% -36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 26660, n=179, last 2 years)
8925 Points ∼37% -56%
Web
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1833 Points ∼100% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (1559 - 2006, n=13)
1813 Points ∼99% +16%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1782 Points ∼97% +14%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1559 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1434 Points ∼78% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=179, last 2 years)
1407 Points ∼77% -10%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (3291 - 84787, n=12)
61653 Points ∼100% +1773%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=97, last 2 years)
23194 Points ∼38% +605%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 9000, Mali-G78 MP24, 8192
15682 Points ∼25% +377%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
11648 Points ∼19% +254%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
10841 Points ∼18% +229%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
3291 Points ∼5%
AImark - Score v2.x
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
262983 Points ∼100% +25114%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1043 - 286905, n=156, last 2 years)
51780 Points ∼20% +4865%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
38169 Points ∼15% +3560%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
6955 Points ∼3% +567%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  (1043 - 7865, n=11)
6385 Points ∼2% +512%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6217 Points ∼2% +496%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1043 Points ∼0%

In terms of graphics performance, the Mate 50 Pro can also keep up with the fastest devices on the market, so it is also well equipped for connecting a monitor and graphically demanding apps. Interestingly, onscreen frame rates of over 60 fps are also achieved in simpler benchmarks, but the smartphone locks at 60 fps in more complex tests.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
3196 Points ∼100% +18%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2876 Points ∼90% +6%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2708 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1916 Points ∼60% -29%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1498 Points ∼47% -45%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
3365 Points ∼100% +21%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2824 Points ∼84% +2%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2775 Points ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2044 Points ∼61% -26%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1552 Points ∼46% -44%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
12367 Points ∼100% +12%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11084 Points ∼90%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10989 Points ∼89% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7288 Points ∼59% -34%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Mali-G78 MP24, Kirin 9000, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6923 Points ∼56% -38%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5734 Points ∼46% -48%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps ∼100% +100%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
118 fps ∼98% +97%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
455 fps ∼100% +1%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
451 fps ∼99%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
435 fps ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
302 fps ∼66% -33%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
281 fps ∼62% -38%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
108 fps ∼100% +80%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps ∼91% +63%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼56% 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps ∼56% 0%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼56%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
289 fps ∼100% +11%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
260 fps ∼90%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
221 fps ∼76% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
187 fps ∼65% -28%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
177 fps ∼61% -32%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps ∼100% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps ∼87% +3%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼85% 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps ∼85% 0%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼85%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
187 fps ∼100% +6%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
176 fps ∼94%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
171 fps ∼91% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
127 fps ∼68% -28%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼65% -31%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼65% -35%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps ∼58% -42%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
108 fps ∼100% +6%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
102 fps ∼94%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
98 fps ∼91% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps ∼66% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps ∼63% -33%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps ∼100% +9%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
54 fps ∼92% 0%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps ∼92%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps ∼53% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
26 fps ∼44% -52%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼98% -2%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
41 fps ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼67% -33%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼67% -33%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼68% -32%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps ∼68% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼50% -50%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps ∼48% -52%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
133 fps ∼100% +8%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps ∼92% 0%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps ∼92%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
85 fps ∼64% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps ∼51% -45%

The Mate 50 Pro fails in the browser benchmarks and is even slower than the predecessor in some cases. This is also noticeable during web browsing: Although pages load relatively quickly, other smartphones display images immediately when scrolling, but you have to wait longer on Huawei's smartphone.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
278.979 Points ∼100% +266%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (76.2 - 155, n=13)
119.6 Points ∼43% +57%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
96.8 Points ∼35% +27%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
94.3 Points ∼34% +24%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
81.383 Points ∼29% +7%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro (Huawei Browser 11)
79.6 Points ∼29% +4%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (Chrome 107)
76.2 Points ∼27%
Average of class Smartphone (14.8 - 282, n=176, last 2 years)
73.4 Points ∼26% -4%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
371 runs/min ∼100% +437%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
108 runs/min ∼29% +56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (69.1 - 134, n=10)
102.3 runs/min ∼28% +48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
98 runs/min ∼26% +42%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
93.4 runs/min ∼25% +35%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro (Huawei Browser 11)
84.6 runs/min ∼23% +22%
Average of class Smartphone (12.5 - 375, n=163, last 2 years)
70.3 runs/min ∼19% +2%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (Chome 107)
69.1 runs/min ∼19%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
201 Points ∼100% +191%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (69 - 146, n=11)
111.1 Points ∼55% +61%
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 202, n=53, last 2 years)
88.1 Points ∼44% +28%
OnePlus 10T
75 Points ∼37% +9%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (Chrome 107)
69 Points ∼34%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
288 Points ∼100% +167%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (106 - 209, n=10)
154.2 Points ∼54% +43%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro (Huawei Browser 11)
147 Points ∼51% +36%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
141 Points ∼49% +31%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
124 Points ∼43% +15%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (Chrome 107)
108 Points ∼38%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
106 Points ∼37% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 292, n=176, last 2 years)
101.9 Points ∼35% -6%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
72024 Points ∼100% +186%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (17622 - 54646, n=13)
40189 Points ∼56% +60%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
39982 Points ∼56% +59%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
34055 Points ∼47% +35%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
33423 Points ∼46% +33%
Average of class Smartphone (3905 - 74261, n=195, last 2 years)
26805 Points ∼37% +7%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro (Huawei Browser 11)
26597 Points ∼37% +6%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (Chrome 107)
25168 Points ∼35%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 12437, n=186, last 2 years)
2582 ms * ∼100% -51%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
1782 ms * ∼69% -4%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (Chrome 107)
1706.5 ms * ∼66%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro (Huawei Browser 11)
1671 ms * ∼65% +2%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
1627.3 ms * ∼63% +5%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
1259 ms * ∼49% +26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (763 - 1707, n=12)
1124 ms * ∼44% +34%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
469.9 ms * ∼18% +72%

* ... smaller is better

With UFS 3.1 storage, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro is up to date. The predecessor is still able to transfer data a little more quickly, but the fast storage makes for a smooth system overall.

Huawei Mate 50 ProHuawei Mate 40 ProSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5GXiaomi Mi 11 UltraOnePlus 10TAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
5%
-7%
-13%
-31%
-9%
-45%
Sequential Read 256KB
1835.8
2037
11%
1653
-10%
1928
5%
1568.37
-15%
1774 ?(1014 - 2037, n=65)
-3%
993 ?(45.6 - 1999, n=256, last 2 years)
-46%
Sequential Write 256KB
1104.8
1321
20%
1074
-3%
756
-32%
847.69
-23%
1046 ?(452 - 1783, n=65)
-5%
568 ?(11.9 - 1783, n=256, last 2 years)
-49%
Random Read 4KB
263.4
325
23%
322.3
22%
259.3
-2%
173.45
-34%
275 ?(173.5 - 543, n=65)
4%
183.3 ?(13.5 - 543, n=256, last 2 years)
-30%
Random Write 4KB
423.6
277.6
-34%
273.1
-36%
329.7
-22%
211.24
-50%
295 ?(197.5 - 490, n=66)
-30%
185.1 ?(18.4 - 503, n=257, last 2 years)
-56%

Gaming – Even possible on high settings

Unfortunately, both GameBench and other fps trackers refuse to work on the Huawei Mate 50 Pro. So we cannot provide specific frame rates, but only our impressions of the games.

We did some test runs of PUBG Mobile, Diablo Immortal and other games and never had any problems: You can often select the maximum graphics settings, such as "UltraHD" in PUBG or "Very High" in Diablo, and the game still runs very smoothly.

Game controls via the accurate touchscreen and the fine-tuned sensors also run very smoothly.

Diablo Immortal
Diablo Immortal
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile

Emissions - Hot dance

Temperature

Under load, the Huawei smartphone heats up significantly to 45.1 °C.

As in the predecessor, the Mate 50 Pro also has problems maintaining performance under prolonged load: In the 3DMark stress tests, we see a significant drop in performance to almost 60% or even below 40% during the first run, following a few test runs.

Max. Load
 45.1 °C
113 F
41.6 °C
107 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 44.6 °C
112 F
40.9 °C
106 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 43.5 °C
110 F
39.6 °C
103 F
35.9 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 45.1 °C = 113 F
Average: 40.3 °C = 105 F
33.2 °C
92 F
38 °C
100 F
41.2 °C
106 F
34.2 °C
94 F
36.5 °C
98 F
40.9 °C
106 F
33.4 °C
92 F
37.6 °C
100 F
40.7 °C
105 F
Maximum: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Average: 37.3 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.3 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.1 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92.7 % ∼100% +138%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92.5 % ∼100% +137%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
80.1 % ∼86% +105%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58.5 % ∼63% +50%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Mali-G78 MP24, Kirin 9000, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49.3 % ∼53% +26%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 % ∼42%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
93.5 % ∼100% +66%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
66.7 % ∼71% +19%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61.8 % ∼66% +10%
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56.2 % ∼60%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
% ∼0% -100%
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Huawei Mate 50 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø15 (9.27-16.5)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.8.1: Ø9.2 (7.76-12.6)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø14.4 (13.4-20.1)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø54.1 (25-64.1)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø32.2 (25.9-44.2)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø50.6 (47.5-59.3)
OnePlus 10T Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø61.8 (59-63.6)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø32.3 (26.8-43.4)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø55.3 (50.8-74)
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Speakers

The Mate 50 Pro uses a full-fledged speaker on the bottom edge and the phone's earpiece for support. Stereo effects are thus also possible in landscape mode. The sound is averagely loud, quite clear, and well-suited for music playback, even if it lacks bass, as is the case with almost all smartphones.

External audio devices can also be connected via Bluetooth or USB-C. This works without issue, but despite the Qualcomm SoC there are no aptX codecs on the Huawei phone, so you have to make do with AAC, SBC and LDAC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.431.7253829.73125.826.24027.4315030.233.76328.931.58018.823.610016.334.412513.843.116014.649.920012.750.42501753.531510.156.240010.358.550011.960.363012.763.880013.761.7100014.167125015.568.416001268.3200012.770.725001370.9315013.464.5400013.864.950001561.3630015.466800016.270.81000017.770.21250017.6631600018.656.2SPL26.579.5N0.845.6median 13.8median 63Delta1.4640.435.640.537.427.335.231.830.540.636.625.229.121.318.118.922.516.831.520.241.51647.818.253.51456.61358.117.262.517.962.219.563.919.570.622.274.721.177.425.974.919.973.915.172.814.7711565.214.859.813.86514.965.914.758.815.455.331.731.7841.31.352.9median 16.8median 62.52.36.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Mate 50 ProOnePlus 10T
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 16% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

OnePlus 10T audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 39% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 62% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - Fast charging technology

Power Consumption

In terms of energy consumption, the Mate 50 Pro is average overall, even if the load consumption is significantly higher than in the predecessor.

The smartphone can be charged with a maximum of 66 watts, and the appropriate power adapter is included in the scope of delivery. The battery charges from completely empty to full in significantly less than 2 hours. Wireless charging is possible with up to 50 watts. Only the wireless 40-watt charger is currently available in Huawei's German store, and this costs just under EUR 130.

Other devices such as TWS headphones can be charged wirelessly with up to 5 watts via reverse charging by placing them on the smartphone.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.2 / 1.5 / 1.7 Watt
Load midlight 6.5 / 8.7 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
4700 mAh
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
4400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
5000 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
4323 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
5000 mAh
OnePlus 10T
4800 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
3%
20%
21%
0%
31%
24%
13%
Idle Minimum *
1.2
1.01
16%
0.58
52%
0.61
49%
1.13
6%
0.8
33%
0.893 ?(0.56 - 1.2, n=11)
26%
0.887 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=194, last 2 years)
26%
Idle Average *
1.5
2.12
-41%
0.71
53%
1.7
-13%
1.67
-11%
1.2
20%
1.258 ?(0.71 - 1.84, n=11)
16%
1.568 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=194, last 2 years)
-5%
Idle Maximum *
1.7
2.15
-26%
1.16
32%
1.73
-2%
1.69
1%
1.3
24%
1.374 ?(0.79 - 1.86, n=11)
19%
1.783 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=194, last 2 years)
-5%
Load Average *
6.5
3.94
39%
7.07
-9%
3.85
41%
5.17
20%
3.5
46%
3.98 ?(2.75 - 6.5, n=11)
39%
4.36 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=194, last 2 years)
33%
Load Maximum *
8.7
6.53
25%
11.32
-30%
5.94
32%
9.9
-14%
5.9
32%
6.85 ?(4.54 - 8.7, n=11)
21%
7.17 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=194, last 2 years)
18%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Huawei Mate 50 Pro; Geekbench 5.4: Ø5.19 (1.507-12.3)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.293 (1.254-1.644)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Huawei Mate 50 Pro; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø10.2 (9.67-10.6)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.293 (1.254-1.644)

Battery Life

The battery's capacity of 4,700 mAh is slightly higher than in the Mate 40 Pro. This is also reflected in the runtimes, which are about 16% longer on average. Just under 12 hours in our Wi-Fi test is solid, but compared to other top-of-the-range phones, it ranks in the midfield at most.

The Mate 50 Pro will definitely get you through the working day, but whether it is enough for a second day depends on intensity of use. If the battery level drops to 1%, the smartphone can activate an emergency mode that is so energy-efficient that you can still make calls for 12 minutes or remain on standby for 3 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
29h 14min
WiFi Websurfing
11h 57min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 59min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 56min
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
4700 mAh
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
4400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
5000 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
4323 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
5000 mAh
OnePlus 10T
4800 mAh
Battery Runtime
-16%
16%
55%
-16%
20%
Reader / Idle
1754
1255
-28%
1973
12%
3473
98%
1108
-37%
1795
2%
H.264
1139
999
-12%
1078
-5%
1688
48%
1006
-12%
1646
45%
WiFi v1.3
717
609
-15%
844
18%
948
32%
650
-9%
856
19%
Load
296
270
-9%
410
39%
416
41%
276
-7%
332
12%

Pros

+ great camera images
+ very bright and accurate screen
+ lots of power
+ good speaker sound
+ clear voice quality
+ very chic and stable chassis
+ secure and accurate face recognition

Cons

- proprietary memory card format
- no Google services
- no 5G
- severe throttling after longer load
- comparatively low performance during web browsing
- no WiFi 6E
- no aptX Bluetooth codecs

Verdict - Only suitable for professionals

In review: Huawei Mate 50 Pro. Review sample provided by Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei Mate 50 Pro. Review sample provided by Huawei Germany.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro suffers from the fact that it cannot use Google's services or install 5G technology. These are tough restrictions for Western users.

Many potential buyers are thus likely to immediately rule out the smartphone from the outset and will never get to see the sharp zoom pictures and soft bokehs that are possible with the periscope camera and the variable aperture. Another negative point is the heavy throttling under prolonged load.

The build quality of the case, on the other hand, is beyond reproach, even if the visible fingerprints on the glossy device quickly get on our nerves. Here, it would have been nice to also have access to the faux leather variants that are sold in Asia. The bright screen, fast memory, great speakers and good voice quality put the smartphone in a good light.

Nevertheless, it is difficult to unreservedly recommend the Huawei Mate 50 Pro: The limitations in everyday use are too great due to reduced app compatibility, and the future-proofness of the expensive smartphone is at risk without 5G. Hence, the smartphone is too expensive to be considered as a real alternative in the West.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro's camera offers impressive technology, but the many unfortunate limitations in software and 5G make everyday use difficult.

Many of Huawei's technologies were adopted by former subsidiary Honor when the company was spun off. The Honor Magic4 Pro is also a great camera smartphone and is also able to use Google Apps and 5G without problems. The Google Pixel 7 Pro also takes great pictures at a very attractive price.

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Price and Availability

To date, availability of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro appears to be restricted to certain countries around the world. Interested buyers can check directly via the manufacturer here. Select your location, then type HUAWEI Mate 50 Pro in the search bar. We found the smartphone, for example, to be available in France, Malaysia and Mexico (this list is not exhaustive).

Other suppliers, such as Amazon, may also list the smartphone. Amazon India, for example, offers the 256GB variant for ₹1,44,999.00 and the 512GB variant for ₹1,72,500.00.

Prices are as of 21.11.2022 and subject to change.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro - 11/18/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
92%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
98%
Connectivity
52 / 70 → 75%
Weight
88%
Battery
90%
Display
92%
Games Performance
59 / 64 → 92%
Application Performance
82 / 86 → 95%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 90 → 89%
Camera
84%
Average
82%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-11-21 (Update: 2022-11-28)