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The Huawei Mate 50 is not cancelled after all: new leak

The Mate 40 series might get successors after all. (Source: Huawei)
The Mate 40 series might get successors after all. (Source: Huawei)
According to recent rumors circulating around China's tech media, Huawei may be obliged to skip updating its Mate series of premium phablets in 2021. However, the latest word is that this launch is back on. Then again, the 50 series' debuted might still come much later than usual.
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Huawei's mobile division has had an unarguably bad time of it in 2020 and 2021 compared to earlier years. Its placement on an official US trade blacklist has reportedly wreaked havoc on its sales, market share and supply chain, particularly as it relates to stock of in-house flagship processors that can no longer be farmed out to Qualcomm or TSMC to be manufactured as normal.

Huawei's supply crisis has reportedly gotten so bad that it is now rumored to have dropped plans to launch a high-end phablet (presumably to launch with HarmonyOS out of the box for the first time in its series' history) toward the end of the year as normal. Accordingly, the OEM had been projected not to provide upgrades to the Mate 40, never mind its Pro, Pro+ or RS variants, in 2021.

However, a new twist in this tale suggests the OEM might feel it is equal to defying these leaks after all. An outlet called China Securities News claims to have broken the "exclusive" news that Huawei has stated that it does indeed plan to release the Mate 50 series after all.

Then again, it might arrive much later than projected, mirroring the similar severe delay in the more certain launch of the flagship P50 line, which is still expected to take place in the second quarter of 2021.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-20 (Update: 2021-06-20)