Huawei Mate 50-series specs allegedly leak in full with hints at OLED displays, triple rear XMAGE cameras and custom HiSilicon NPUs across the board
The Huawei Mate 50 series really will have an E variant that will launch with the Snapdragon 778G rather than the 8 Gen 1 (not the 8+ Gen 1, apparently) of the rest of the series, according to the latest leak on the upcoming phablets. Then again, it will have the same display as the vanilla 50.
It will, like those of the 50 Pro and 50 RS, be FHD+ and OLED; however, it will also be LTPS, whereas the 2 higher-end variants will get LTPO instead. Both type of panel has allegedly been sourced from BOE, apparently; however, the leak - which consists of a slide comparing the specs of all 4 SKUs - is less clear-cut about their sizes.
It seems to think that the Mate 50E might get 2 size options, from 6.28 to 6.38 inches in diagonal length, whereas the 50 might be a 6.56-inch device - either way, all 3 lengths are up there. Similarly, the 50 Pro and 50 RS apparently oscillate between 6.78- and 6.81-inch displays - or rather have one apiece, more likely.
These higher-end panels are rumored to revert to large rectangular notches in this generation. According to the new leak, one really will appear in the 50 Pro at least, and Huawei will rationalize its existence with the promise of "3D display" tech for their single 13MP selfie cameras that handles facial recognition as well as some kind of "new function".
The Mate 50 line is slated to become first-gen XMAGE devices, and this is discussed in more detail in this new leak. It apparently means that each variant gets 3 rear cameras apiece, with each main, wide-angle sensor at a resolution of 50MP - at least, with the new 54MP IMX800 as a possibility for the 50 Pro and RS.
That may not be the in-house solution, however: the new alleged spec-dump lists something that can be interpreted as a "variable f/1.4-f/4" aperture. It will appear even in the 50E, as will the additional ultra-wide and telephoto specs to feature across the whole series. Then again, the 4 devices are thought to have a stove-top camera hump, and this is because each SKU might also get a ToF sensor.
Huawei does nothing new with the Mate 50 series' charging tech, at 66W over USB type-C for 4,400 to 4,500mAh batteries - although there is wireless charging across the board. However, the OEM might try to make up for that with a new "HiSilicon NPU", "self-developed" to work with the cases touted to restore 5G connectivity to 4G-only devices.
However, they have only been made for the 50 RS and Pro, according to the slide. Finally, the Mate 50 and 50E are predicted to debut with 8GB of RAM and 128-256GB of internal storage, while the 50 Pro and RS upgrade to 12GB and a 512GB top-end option.
Despite all this, there is still no conclusive word on when these new flagships will actually emerge.