The function, rumoured to be named the Emergency Battery Mode, is said to enable users to make calls, send texts, and scan documents or barcodes. Although a tiny power reserve would seem to be the logical solution, Huawei has not yet made it apparent how they intend to do this. In the teaser video, Huawei depicts a building in the shape of a battery with lights that dim floor by floor to represent a battery that is running low on power. However, some individual lights continue to be on before all of the lights are turned out, and Huawei (at least as translated by Google Translate) states on the screen that “Energy might not be depleted.”
We informed you last month about a reported new feature that allegedly debuted with the Huawei Mate 50 series, which, incidentally, will be launched tomorrow, September 6. The iPhone 14 range won’t be formally introduced until the following day. In addition to announcing satellite connectivity for its new flagship phones one day before Apple (if Apple does the same for its new phones on Wednesday), the Chinese maker is currently pushing a new battery-related innovation.
The cameras are now developed in-house as Huawei and Leica’s partnership came to an end (the latter now works with Xiaomi, another Chinese smartphone manufacturer) and Huawei calls the system XMAGE. The phones will have HarmonyOS 3.0 pre-installed. For those not familiar with this platform, it was self-developed by Huawei following the company’s placement on the U.S. Entity List in 2019 which prevents the firm from accessing its U.S. supply chain including Google.
The Mate 50 series should consist of the Mate50e (powered by the Snapdragon 778G), and three models with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip (tweaked for 4G use only) under the hood. These phones include the Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro, and the Mate 50 RS (Porsche Edition). Besides the Emergency Battery Mode and the support for satellite connectivity, the rear 50MP cameras on the new handsets will feature a variable aperture that gets larger under low-light conditions to allow more light in and smaller in bright environments.
Now, after selling its Honor sub-unit for over $15 billion to a consortium in November 2020, Huawei is no longer a threat to Samsung or Apple. It also is no longer the top brand in its home market, one it used to dominate. The company has managed to get around the U.S. restrictions and even came up with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to make up for its inability to use Google Mobile Services. HMS reportedly has over 650 million active monthly users and its App Gallery app store is available in over 170 countries.
The Mate 50 line is expected to bring back the notch. The Mate 40 series used a pill-shaped cutout on the left side of the top of the display. It looks similar to what we might see on the iPhone 14 Pro models later this week. The saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” might eventually apply to Huawei as it tries to climb out of the hole that the U.S. dug for it as a national security threat. At the time, Huawei was a cinch to surpass Samsung to become the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide. This was part of a five-year plan that the company’s consumer chief verbalized in 2016.
And now, almost like in the old days, Huawei is poised to introduce some innovations for its 2022 flagship series. Next year, Huawei will release the P60 series, its photography-based flagship line. The company used to release two flagships a year but has cut back to alternating between the two models every year. Get the most important news, reviews and deals in mobile tech delivered straight to your inbox