Huawei has confirmed that next month, they will be announcing their next-gen flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 50 series. The company did not reveal what kind of hardware will be powering the phone, but a post on Weibo by Digital Chat Station has revealed that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset could end up powering the device.
The chipset in question was not mentioned explicitly, but the post claims that the chipset model will be the SM8425. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has the model number SM8450 while the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has SM8475. As to why the model mentioned by Digital Chat Station is different, it is because it will most likely be a variant of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 without a 5G modem.
For those unfamiliar, Huawei’s issues with the US government means that they are banned from using certain types of US technologies, such as the 5G modems made by Qualcomm. As such, all of Huawei’s phones to date do not support 5G, and we expect that this will be the case until Huawei or a non-US company develops 5G modems that do not rely on US tech or patents.
The somewhat good news is that while the phone may lack 5G, it will still be a very capable handset powered by a very powerful chipset. We’ll most likely never see it land stateside, but for those living in regions where Huawei’s phones are available, the upcoming Mate 50 series could still be one to keep an eye out for.
Source: Gadgets 360