The Huawei Mate 50 Pro with XMage variable lenses, now available in the Philippines!

Thanks to GBox, buying a Huawei is becoming more substantial. The lack of 5G may put some people off though

Huawei may no longer be the juggernaut it used to be, but the fact that they can still develop new phones with fresh new technologies, despite breaking up with Leica, is astounding.

Yes, they have no 5G nor do they have Google. But let’s face it, how many of you actually managed to use 5G smoothly? Possibly only a tiny fraction. 5G is still immature and developing. And as for Google, there’s now an easier way to do it, called GBox. We tackled it in our article here.

Because Huawei is now banned from trading with western companies, they have to make up for it by making what they have now, and so they did. We’re surprised that Leica stayed with them a little longer even after the ban, before moving on with Xiaomi.

The phone has a 6.74in. waterfall OLED with 120Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate, and a ridiculously large notch reminiscent of the Mate 40 Pro and the iPhone X from four years ago (yep, it’s that old). This actually has a function though, aside from housing the 13MP front camera, it also houses different sensors, for a very precise and accurate Face recognition system, including a 3D ToF sensor. By the way, this display uses an in-house glass, Kunlun Glass, instead of Corning Gorilla Glass.

Speaking of cameras, there are four at the back and they are photography to the next level. It may not be Xiaomi 12S Ultra nor iPhone 14 Pro Max cameras but they are still very capable. It uses a 50MP primary camera with PDAF and OIS, and this camera utilizes the XMage technology that replaced the Leica ones. This meant that it can physically switch between f/1.4 or f/4.0 for more accurate blurring. Alongside this is a 13MP ultrawide camera and a reasonable 64MP telephoto camera with OIS. Huawei did not mention the zoom capabilities of this, strangely.

While only 4G-enabled, it still uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset so that means the two companies can work together on a limited contract. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 256 or 512GB internal storage. Introduced with the Huawei P10, this uses an expandable memory type called nanomemory, which Huawei developed in-house.

There is a 4700mAh battery and Huawei is not cutting corners, unlike Samsung. Here, it has 66W fast charging paired with 50W fast wireless, and can also reverse charge if you have a USB-C to USB-C cable.

Tradition to all Mate flagships, this phone retained the IR Blaster. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner and sadly only 4G LTE thanks to US restrictions. Nonetheless, it still has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. It also has a layer of IP68 water/dust protection, as with many flagships

There are two types. One with a glass rear and the other with synthetic leather. The former costs Php 58,999 (8/256) while the latter costs Php 68,999 (8/512).

Colours include Black, Silver, and Orange.


  • 6.74in. FHD+ (2616x1212px) curved OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate, 1440Hz high-frequency PWM Dimming
    • Kunlun Glass protection
    • IP68 water/dust resistance
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 (4nm)
    • 50MP (main), f/1.4-f/4.0, PDAF, contrast focus, OIS, Huawei XMage technology
    • 13MP (ultrawide), f/2.2
    • 64MP (telephoto), f/3.5
    • FRONT: 13MP, f/2.4 + 3D ToF depth sensor
  • EMUI 13 based on HarmonyOS 3.0, APK supported, Huawei Mobile Services
  • 4700mAh battery
    • 66W Fast Charging
    • 50W fast Wireless Charging
    • Reverse Wireless Charging
  • USB-C, IR Blaster, In-display fingerprint scanner, Stereo speakers
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
  • Black, Silver, Orange
  • PRICE:
    • 8/256 (Glass): Php 58,999
    • 8/512 (Leather): Php 68,999


Aside from Lazada and Shopee, the phone is also available on Huawei’s website as well as Huawei’s own concept stores and authorized dealers. What’s more, if you pre-order until 24th November, you get two useful freebies like the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro (worth Php 11,990) and FREE 200GB cloud storage for 6 months from Huawei worth Php 894

You can also pay via home credit, however, we do not recommend it as this may incur extra hidden charges. Here you can get the Huawei Mate 50 Pro for a 10% downpayment and 0% interest. This offer is only available until November 30th