Although it may not be as popular as Samsung or Apple in the U.S., one of the world’s biggest smartphone brands is Huawei.
Huawei often releases some of the best and most interesting Android phones of the year, including powerful flagships and more affordable options through its Honor sub-brand.
It can be hard to keep up with Huawei’s endless releases, so to help keep you in check, here are all the phones the company’s launching in 2018.
The phones we are still expecting
Huawei Mate 11
Towards the end of 2017, Huawei decided to go out with a bang with the impressive Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
The Mate 10 Pro paved the way for Huawei’s 2018 lineup, featuring the Kirin 970, a large 6-inch 18:9 screen, and fantastic dual cameras.
Rumors surrounding its successor are still pretty light, but if it’s anything like last year’s model, it’ll be big, powerful, and a true beauty to look at. The Mate 10 Pro was the first in the series to adopt a new glass back, and we’ll likely see Huawei continue that trend this year with the Mate 11.
Huawei Nova 3/Nova 3 Plus
During IFA last year, we got a chance to go hands-on with the Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus. The phones featured much more similar designs compared to the drastic difference between the original Nova and Nova Plus and offered comparable specs for just $360 and $426, respectively.
The Nova 2 and 2 Plus were metal-clad phones with dual cameras, 1080p LCD displays, the Kirin 659 processor, and dual cameras.
There’s no reason to believe Huawei won’t release a Nova 3 series before 2018 is over, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for a Nova 3 and 3 Plus over the coming months.
Released at the very end of last year, the Honor 7X continues to be one of the best ways to spend less than $200 on a smartphone well into 2018.
Honor really hit the nail on the head with the 7X, offering a sturdy metal design, fast Kirin 659 processor, 5.93-inch 18:9 display, and respectable dual cameras for just $199 in the U.S.
We fully expect an Honor 8X to be announced before 2018 is over, featuring a similar price and even more bang-for-your-buck.
(List by Android Central)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro adds face mask recognition feature
Huawei Mate 50 series has been continuously receiving new features with new software updates. Recently, Huawei has added face mask support for the Mate 50 Pro via a new firmware rollout.
HarmonyOS 126.96.36.199 software version has been rolling out for the Mate 50 Pro users that brings face mask recognition support.
According to the description of this feature, face recognition works accurately when the face is not covered by anything. While wearing a mask, the feature will allow the device to unlock the phone with eye scanning. You just need to look at the Huawei Mate 50 Pro screen to enable the face mask recognition process.
The feature is available in settings and if the user is opt-in to the feature, you just have to tap the slider and give your consent.
Due to the pandemic, most peoples wear masks mostly in outdoor conditions. In that case, they may require the phone’s feature to make a payment or for other use cases. Hence, the phone’s support for facial authentication could get denied but with a such new feature, you won’t have to remove the mask.
Apple has already installed face mask support for face id in all of its iPhone devices since last year.
This version of HarmonyOS 3.0 brings optimizations for system stability in certain situations to improve the phone’s inner performance for a better user experience.
Yesterday, we noted HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52, which improved camera shooting effects, adds support for 3D avatar, and also brings system senior mode for the users.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes with a wide front notch that resembles the Mate 20 Pro. However, the notch contains various sensors face facial security purposes.
The front module includes a laser sensor, ToF 3D depth camera, 13MP selfie camera with ultra-wide angle capability, proximity sensor, light sensor, and flood illuminator. these all combine a powerful face id system that is secured and reliable.
After Huawei Mate Xs 2, one more external folding phone is coming
Do you like foldable phones? If yes, then here is something interesting for you. Finally, we are getting the smell of a new foldable device in the air. After Huawei Mate Xs 2, one more external folding screen phone is on its way for consumers.
As per the latest reports brought by the Weibo tipster @DigitalChatStation, Mate Xs 2 is not the last model to showcase the external folding screen technology. Soon, there will be a newcomer on this list with some bashing features.
On the flip side, the tipster also hints at vital key specs of the device. He reports that the forthcoming flagship model will equip the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor which will deliver powerful performance. Besides, it will have a massive battery to accelerate the phone’s life and a huge main lens at the back.
In comparison to the inner screen, this device will be light and thin in terms of weight. These are just the tweaks, while there could be some more hidden features that we will fetch in the time ahead.
It’s worth mentioning that the folding device we are talking about is not from Huawei. Although it’s not confirmed, some fans depict that this could be the impending Honor Magic V2. But, we still require an official statement on this matter.
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Huawei Mate Xs 2 is the latest and the most popular external folding phone on the market. With a weight of only 255g, it is the lightest foldable at present. As for the design, the phone adopts an ultra-light glass fiber, with an eagle-wing folding layout.
It is the first smartphone to feature a composite reinforced structure screen. Further, it carries a three-dimensional microfiber technology, and the color and texture are ingeniously combined. Concerned with the optical hood, the device sports a triple-cam framework at back with 50MP + 13MP + 8MP lenses.
But, as per the fresh information, the approaching model could also bring some outstanding characteristics and outlooks. In that manner, Huawei Mate Xs 2 will soon get a competitor in the market.
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First Huawei Mate 50 Pro sale begins in the global market
Huawei Mate 50 Pro began its first sale in the global market starting in Poland. Yesterday, the company officially listed the phone on the Huawei Poland website and started selling this flagship phone as the first outside of China.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro sale at 5999 PLN (1,246 EUR, 1207 USD) for a 256GB memory version. The cost of the phone could be paid at once or PLN 299.95 in installments for 20 months with zero percent interest.
This flagship comes in three colors – Black, Silver, and Orange. To be mentioned, the black and silver variants have 256GB and the orange one has 512GB of memory priced at 6499 PLN (1350 EUR, 1307 USD).
What will you get?
Huawei is offering one year of extended warranty free (worth PLN 279) and a free FreeBuds Pro 2 earbuds (worth 899 PLN).
The silver Huawei Mate 50 Pro will be shipped after November 16, 2022, and the black or orange version will ship after November 10.
Eligible consumers can win a Scale 3 weight measurement device by adding a review after purchase for just 1PLN. Furthermore, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro purchase will bring you double points, which can be collected and exchanged for discounts on new products. Moreover, This new flagship packs 3 months or 50GB of Huawei cloud services free of cost.
Huawei Mate 50 first global sale:
As of now, Huawei has started selling Mate 50 Pro in Poland but we expect the sale to open in November for other markets including Germany, France, and more.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro specs:
Huawei Mate 50 Pro brings you a powerful camera system that has an XMAGE Ultra aperture 50MP camera with 10 stops of aperture adjustment to take stunning images. A 13MP ultra wide-angle camera is ready to take those wide shots to capture every subject in the scenario. Furthermore, the 64MP telephoto periscope camera will reach your vision to the farthest.
Meanwhile, the Orange version comes with Kunlun Glass for screen quality, as the display measures 6.74 inches with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone packs a 4700mAh battery with a 66W wired charger and supports 50W superfast wireless charging.
It’s worth noticing that the Huawei Mate 50 Pro global version has EMUI 13, which makes them the first devices to pack with this new software.
(source – Huawei Poland)