Launched last month, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro has been given two new variants today, both of which feature the newfangled Kunlun Glass front. The Carbon Black Vegan Leather Edition and Silver models join the existing Orange Vegan Leather Edition and sees a drop in price for Huawei’s top-of-the-line flagship smartphone.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Kunlun Glass price and availability
The new Huawei Mate 50 Pro Carbon Black Vegan Leather Edition and Silver are both available in a single configuration with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, priced at RM4,899. This makes them RM400 cheaper than the Orange Vegan Leather Edition, but there’s a catch—the latter has double the storage at 512GB.
Both models will go on sale starting on December 10, with pre-order benefits that include RM300 worth of free gifts, one year of extended warranty and three months of extended glass warranty. They’ll be made available through Huawei Experience Stores, the Huawei eStore, the official Shopee and Lazada stores and authorised Huawei Partner Stores such as Senheng, SenQ, Harvey Norman and Urban Republic.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Kunlun Glass specs and features
The defining feature of these new variants is the Kunlun Glass front, said to be ten times more drop resistant than the regular glass on the other Mate 50 models. Named after the ancient Kunlun mountain range in China, it protects the same 6.74″ OLED display with a 2616×1212 resolution and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
As for the new finishes, the Carbon Black model features a grained texture for the (essentially plastic) back of the phone, first seen on the Orange Vegan Leather Edition. Huawei has been a little bit vague about the Silver model but we assume it’s the same standard glass back that can be found on the original Silver phone.
The rest of the specs are identical to the regular Mate 50 Pro, including the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip and a triple camera setup. This includes the 50MP main camera with a unique variable aperture that adjusts in ten steps between f/1.4 and f/4. You’ll also find a 13MP f/2.2 ultrawide and a 64MP f/3.5 telephoto shooter providing 3.5x optical zoom. A 32MP selfie camera sits at the front in an iPhone-style notch, together with a 3D depth sensor.
Juicing the phone is a 4,700mAh battery, with support for 66W fast charging and 50W fast wireless charging. The Mate 50 Pro also comes with stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor and stereo speakers as well as an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, although it’s unclear if the new Carbon Black Vegan Leather Edition and Silver models are able to be submerged up to six metres, like the Orange Vegan Leather Edition can.
Also included are Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6 and NFC connectivity, but despite incorporating a flagship chip, the device isn’t able to connect to 5G networks. As has been the case for a while with Huawei phones, the Mate 50 Pro also doesn’t come with Google mobile services, including the Play Store, requiring you to download apps using Huawei’s own App Gallery.