Huawei ended 2021 without launching a flagship phone outside of China and contenting itself with Nova 9 models as the main product launched in Europe. Meanwhile, the Huawei P50 Pro remains only in China and has no global release date. Many are also wondering what happened to the Huawei Mate 50, which in theory was always launched in the second half of the year. It is now scheduled for a debut in mid-2022.
At the Huawei Winter New Product Launch conference on December 23, 2021, Huawei CBG CEO Yu Chengdong revealed that the number of HarmonyOS terminals on board already exceeds 220 million. As of December 2, there were already 135 phone models with this OS installed. The official version at the moment is HarmonyOS 2.0, and the successor to HarmonyOS 3.0 should be released by July. Huawei has scheduled a software-related event at the end of the second quarter.
The Huawei Mate 50 could also start there, which has not been a stranger to leaks so far. It is worth noting that Derek Yu, President of Huawei CBG for Northern Europe, Canada, Central and Eastern Europe, mentioned last year that a new Mate model will arrive in 2022, without detailing the product. What do we know about Huawei Mate 50 so far? That it will use an LTPO screen after the iPhone 13 Pro model, with an adaptive refresh rate that reaches 120 Hz. It is also expected with a 4G version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, but it will also have a version with Kirin 9000.
Another rumor places a 7000 mAh battery inside, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and a 6.8-inch OLED screen on the front. The camera is probably the most neglected of leaks, but I expect here either the 108 MP jump or the huge and very capable 50 MP sensors at night. And a periscope room is in the books.