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Huawei’s Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro feature satellite texting

Huawei announced the Mate 50 series, a day before Apple’s September event and with a feature that the iPhone 14 offers: the ability to send texts via satellite communication. The Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro can send short texts and, thanks to China’s global BeiDou satellite network, enable communication in areas without cellular signal.

The flagship Mate 50 series has 4G-only versions of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset with 8GB of RAM. The 50 Pro comes with a slightly larger 6.74-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Mate 50 offers a 6.7-inch, 90Hz OLED panel. Both have a 50-megapixel main rear camera with a variable aperture lens with stops from f/1.4 to f/4 – most smartphone cameras use fixed apertures, so a movable aperture would be nice, but unlikely because the lens is so small. Create any meaningful difference in depth-of-field in most cases.

While both models share a 13-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide and each has a telephoto lens, the Pro gets an upgraded 64-megapixel camera capable of 200x digital zoom – the standard Mate 50 offers a low-res 12- and 100x digital zoom. Megapixel sensor.

Huaweis Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro feature satellite

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes in black and silver as well as a lovely orange color.
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If you feel like you’re hearing a lot about satellite-based communication these days, it’s because of you. T-Mobile and SpaceX just announced a partnership aimed at bringing this feature to T-Mobile subscribers via Starlink satellites. And Apple’s satellite messaging feature has been rumored since last year.

In all of these cases, technology is limited, at least initially. T-Mobile’s system also allows text and picture messaging, but voice calls and data won’t come until later. And based on Huawei’s description of the system, Mate 50 phones can only send texts via satellite and not receive them. In all these cases, the goal of satellite-based texting is to provide an emergency connection in areas with no signal to get emergency messages, rather than to continue your group chats when you’re out of cell range. However, we’ll have to wait at least a little longer for the feature in the US — Huawei’s devices won’t be sold here.

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