From the first device we met nine long years ago until today, the Huawei Mate series smartphones have been impressing users with their performance and cameras that have been upgraded year after year. And these very days, the latest representative of the main series, the Mate 50 Pro, is knocking on our door, arriving in Slovenia at the end of October. On this occasion, we can take a look at the history and see the path taken by the Mate and how the evolution of the series has changed the standards and usage of smartphones throughout history.
The story began in early 2013, when Huawei presented the Ascend Mate at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At that time, the new revolutionary device captured the most attention of users with its large 6.1-inch screen, large 4,050 mAh battery and excellent camera. A year later, Ascend Mate 2 4G and Ascend Mate 7 followed, devices with the same big screen and better performance, which are also the latest models under the Ascend Mate name.
Huawei Mate S series: optical image stabilization
In 2015, Huawei dropped the word Ascend from the name, making the series officially called the Mate. This name somehow corresponds to the meaning of the word. The English word « mate » means friend. Huawei Mate series phones truly act as users’ friends, who can be counted on every step of the way and in every task. The small Huawei Mate S was introduced at IFA 2015 in Berlin and is still remembered today for its large OLED screen and large amount (128 GB) of storage space, and the biggest innovation was the addition of optical image stabilization in the 13MP rear camera.
Huawei Mate 8 series: new dimensions for smartphones
Although it was launched just two months after the Mate S, the Mate 8 marks the beginning of a new era of Huawei smartphones. The device was powered by the powerful Kirin 950 processor, which provided solid support for users, and in addition to a large amount of working memory and a solid battery, the phone boasted many useful functions, such as a fingerprint reader and barometer.
Huawei Mate 9 Series: The Beginning of a New Era of Mobile Photography
The Huawei Mate 9 represents a new era in mobile photography as we know it today. Thanks to Huawei’s partnership with the legendary German camera maker Leica, the Mate 9 was the first with a dual camera of 12MP and 20MP, and an increased aperture of f/22 that takes care of great photos. The phone’s monochrome sensor captured detail and worked with the color sensor responsible for the image to create an image with more depth and accuracy. Huawei also introduced a premium version of the Huawei Mate 9 smartphone, which they called Huawei Mate Porsche. Collaboration with Leica led to widespread recognition among users around the world, which is why the Mate 9 is rightfully considered one of the best camera phones of that time.
Huawei Mate 10 series: first 4K video recording
Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Lite were launched in October 2017. The Mate 10 series has been upgraded from the previous series with a faster processor, bigger OLED screen, more durable battery and glass back. The camera was also designed in cooperation with Leica, and among other things, it has already made it possible to record 4K video. The Mate 10 Pro was also one of the first Huawei phones to offer 22W fast charging via USB-C.
Huawei Mate 20 Series: Meet Wireless Charging
Huawei launched the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones in London in October 2018. Despite its similar design, with a nice metal frame and glass back, the Mate 20 Pro is still the best-selling model and is considered one of the best-selling smartphones from Huawei in general. The Mate 20 Pro was the first Huawei phone to support 30x digital zoom, and it also offers 15W wireless charging and 40W wired charging for a 4200mAh battery. It also features the fast Kirin 980 processor, which was one of the best mobile processors at the time.
Huawei Mate 30 series: the ultimate ruler among smartphones
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro smartphones were presented in 2019 and satisfied even the most demanding users. Back then, the latest Kirin 990 processor ensured great and smooth operation, and a more powerful 4500mAh battery for long use. The Mate 30 series has up to four powerful cameras developed in cooperation with Leica, including a 40MP camera with dual optical stabilization that ensures great night photos.
Huawei Mate 40 series: always one step ahead
The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro phones were released to the public in 2020, and they are decked out in an attractive design with a combination of glass and metal, and even options with vegan leather on the back. The excellent OLED display provided a crystal-clear picture on the front, while the Space Ring camera module with up to four Leica lenses provided a crystal-clear picture on the back and in photos. The Mate 40 series phones have fulfilled the desire of everyone who wanted a beautifully designed phone with great display and performance, top-notch cameras and fast charging functionality.
Huawei Mate 50 series: The king of mobile photography
Huawei recently introduced the new Mate 50 Pro series smartphones, which will hit the shelves of Slovenian stores at the end of October. The latest phones bring many innovations and technological solutions that once again prove Huawei’s commitment to creating the best smartphones. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro has a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and allows for a 66W fast battery charging. In particular, it stands out in the field of photography as the first phone with a 10-level manually adjustable aperture.
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