"Huawei P50 4G/LTE" rumors gain speed with a new 3C certification from the OEM
The Huawei P50 series are phones thought to launch with image sensors of potentially ground-breaking sizes - and top-end Snapdragon 888 SoCs from the US-based company Qualcomm, despite its blacklisting perpetrated by that nation's current administration.
Then again, there is a kicker to the latter part of this story, which is that the parts in question are non-5G versions of the premium chipset, a compromise made to get around the aforementioned sanctions (and also possibly to save on costs).
The prolific leaker Digital Chat Station might have just found more evidence to support this theory, in the form of a new registration with the Chinese regulator 3C. It has been conferred on the "Huawei JAD-AL50", which stands out in 2021 by being certified as a 4G/LTE-only device.
On the other hand, this phone's new leak also shows it packs high-end 66W charging, which is also present in the premium Mate 40 and P40 lines. Therefore, Digital Chat Station proposes it is a base P50 model, with the only other best-fitting explanation at this point being that it is an upcoming Nova 9 variant.
A high-end smartphone without 5G might seem like a downgrade by now; on the other hand, some users might still find the idea more practical. On the other hand, these services have become much more commonplace in Huawei's native China, meaning a 4G/LTE-only P50 series might come across as less attractive in this market.