26 September 2022
The Mate 50 series from Huawei is primarily about expensive Android flagships but it also has an affordable model. It is the Mate 50E which is essentially a toned-down version of the vanilla Mate 50. It has a lot of similar specifications but differs in a few aspects to keep the cost low.
The Mate 50E sports a 6.7-inch OLED notched display with Full HD+ (2700 x 1224 pixels) resolution. The panel offers up to 90Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate. The choice of processor here is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 778G but the 4G LTE variant. The phone has a single 8GB RAM but 128GB and 256GB storage options. It further supports microSD cards up to 256GB.
The rear camera module houses a 50-megapixel OIS sensor with f/1.4~f/4.0 aperture and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Huawei says its primary camera sensor is capable of adjusting the aperture automatically. It also has a Pro mode where users can manually choose from 10 different aperture options. The phone has a 13-megapixel front camera with an f/2.4 aperture.
The whole package is powered by a 4,460mAh battery with support for 66W wired fast charging. Other features include a USB Type-C port, IP68 rating, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.2, and a fingerprint scanner. The Mate 50E costs CNY 3,999 (about $574) for the 8GB/128GB model and CNY 4,499 (about $645) for the 8GB/256GB model.