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Huawei Mate 50 series-compatible 5G cases are released in China

Need 5G for your Mate 50? You need this. (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
Need 5G for your Mate 50? You need this. (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
Huawei's latest range of premium phablets launched with 4G/LTE-only versions of their flagship-grade chipsets due to the US governmental embargoes under which the OEM operates. However, according to an eminent leaker, a Mate 50 customer may now buy a new third-party accessory that confers sub-6GHz connectivity to the device. The cases are even equipped with their own chipset for this purpose.

Huawei P50-series users were reportedly able to circumvent the OEM's inability to use 5G hardware in its newer devices with a case provided by the company Soyealink. Now, as WHYLAB has pointed out, the same option has become available to those who own or plan to own a new flagship of the Mate 50 line.

Its 4 variants were introduced with the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 4G platform; however, they can apparently be upgraded to 5G with one of their new cases...sort of. The accessories are rated for 5G-NR in a restricted, standalone-only sub-6GHz mode, thanks to their own integrated UDX710 chip from ZTE.

It has dual Cortex-A55 cores at a max speed of 1.35GHz, and needs to draw power from the smartphone compatible with the case it inhabits via a built-in USB type-C port. Then again, these internals seem not to ad much to the depth of the case.

These accessories, apparently supported by China Telecom, are available for the entire Mate 50-series, from the entry-level 50 E to the Porsche-branded RS, and are said to cost 799 yuan (~US$113) apiece.

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These Mate 50-series cases may be among the very few to need their own specs lists. (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
These Mate 50-series cases may be among the very few to need their own specs lists. (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-09-21 (Update: 2022-09-21)