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Huawei Mate 50 series launch "confirmation" emerges alongside leaks pointing to vanilla and Pro model screen designs

Are these some Mate 50 screen protectors? (Source: Weibo)
Are these some Mate 50 screen protectors? (Source: Weibo)
According to recent leaks, the Mate 50 series of premium-tier phablets from Huawei is definitely on the way, despite the ever-increasing slack in the time-line relative to their predecessors. On that note, a knowledgeable Weibo tipster once again asserts that they will launch, albeit even later than earlier thought. Meanwhile, screen protectors allegedly made for the upcoming 50 and 50 Pro might corroborate earlier reports of potentially odd display-tech decisions on the part of their OEM.

Huawei has not released a Mate-series mobile flagship since October 2020; however, tech Weibo contributors are still fairly confident that the 40 series is not to be their swansong. One of these leakers, The Factory Manager's Classmate, has re-ignited claims that the 50 line is indeed on the way - it's just that it won't be here until September 2022 now.

The tipster, basing this claim on the contents of a slide spotted during Huawei's HarmonyOS 3 launch, asserts that successors to the 40, 40 Pro and 40 RS will be introduced during that month, with no mention of the larger 50 X now rumored to join them at this juncture.

That alleged variant might have an extra-large screen; however, it is also absent from the latest "Mate 50" tip from Digital Chat Station. The famous leaker has posted a photo of what is depicted as a screen protector for the 50 (or the "HW Mate 50", at least), next to one for a 50 Pro.

The former is fairly unremarkable, presenting with a fairly standard-issue central punch-hole-compatible cut-out and aspect-ratio - however, the latter draws the eye as it seems to have reverted to rocking a shallow divot along its top edge.

Yes, rumors of a Mate 50 Pro complete with big old notch are back again, and are not helped by the Classmate's other recent addition to Huawei leaks: a live image of a heretofore-unseen device that does look much like the 40 Pro, albeit with a perhaps even more profound curve to its front panel, upon which a much wider notch can also be made out. 

In fact, the waterfall effect is undeniably strong with this putative 50 Pro, in a way that also makes the phablet look thicker than ever before. Accordingly, Huawei might hype it as almost Mi Mix Alpha-style device with matching use-cases on its alleged September debut - which, as it also now has the Mate Xs 2 for those purposes, might prove a love-it-or-hate-it moment for many phablet fans.

One of these accessories...
One of these accessories...
...might match this allegedly upcoming Pro-grade device. (Source: The Factory Manager's Classmate, Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
...might match this allegedly upcoming Pro-grade device. (Source: The Factory Manager's Classmate, Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-07-29 (Update: 2022-07-29)