Huawei to add Satellite Texting to Phones

The Huawei Mate 50 has just framed Apple in the space-texting race. Huawei has revealed the Mate 50 series a day earlier to Apple’s September event and with an attribute that the iPhone 14 is expected to deliver: the ability to send texts thru satellite communication.

The Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 will be able to dispatch short texts and employ navigation gratitude to China’s global BeiDou satellite grid, qualifying for communication in zones without cellular signals.

The flagship Mate 50 series holds 4G-only versions of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset and 8GB of RAM. The 50 Pro has a negligibly more prominent 6.74-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Mate 50 delivers a 6.7-inch, 90Hz OLED panel. Both include a 50-megapixel primary rear camera with a varying aperture lens with cessations from f/1.4 to f/4 — many smartphone cameras employ fixed apertures. Hence, a moving aperture is neat, but the lens itself is so small that it’s unlikely to create any significant disparity in depth-of-field in most situations.

Both models transmit a 13-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide. While individually has a telephoto lens, the Pro gets an upgraded 64-megapixel camera with 200x digital zoom — the standard Mate 50 delivers 100x digital zoom having a lower-res 12-megapixel sensor.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro arrives in a charming orange color, in addition to black and silver. If you feel like you’re listening much about satellite-based communication, it’s because you are. T-Mobile and SpaceX just unveiled a partnership that strives to obtain this feature to T-Mobile subscribers by way of Starlink satellites. And the buzzes about Apple’s satellite messaging feature have surged since last year.

The technology will likely be limited in all of these matters, at least at first. For example, T-Mobile says its system will qualify for text and picture messaging, but voice calls and data won’t come until later. And based on Huawei’s definition of the system, it seems like the Mate 50 phones will only be able to dispatch texts by satellite and won’t be able to accept them.

T-Mobile U.S. furnishes messaging, wireless voice, and data services in the United States mainland, including Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile trademark. The company operates the second most extensive wireless network in the U.S. market, with over 95 million customers and yearly earnings of $32 billion. Its nationwide network gets to 98 percent of Americans via its EDGE 2G/HSPA 3G/HSPA+ 4G/4G LTE networks, as well as via roaming agreements.

The company owns licenses to operate a 1900 MHz GSM PCS digital cellular grid and AWS UMTS digital cellular grids employing 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 1700 MHz, and 2100 MHz. It covers areas of the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, it provides coverage in places where it does not possess radio frequency spectrum licenses thru roaming contracts with other operators of agreeing networks. In addition to its mobile cellular network, T-Mobile U.S. employs a nationwide Wi-Fi Internet-access web under the T-Mobile HotSpots label.

The T-Mobile HotSpot service proffers access to a national network of approximately 8,350 access points, installed in outlets such as FedEx Office Office and Print Centers, Starbucks coffeehouses, Hyatt hotels and resorts, Novotel hotels, Red Roof Inns, Sofitel hotels, the airline clubs of American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and U.S. Airways, and airports.

In all of these cases, satellite-based texting aims to provide an emergency connection in places without a signal to get urgent messages out rather than a way to keep up with your group chats while you’re out of cell range. In any case, we’ll have to wait a little longer for the feature in the U.S. — Huawei’s devices will not be sold here.

The Huawei Mate series (previously the Huawei Ascend Mate series) is a line of high-end HarmonyOS-powered (formerly Android-based) phablet smartphones produced by Huawei. It is one of the flagship smartphones, along with the P series. Since 2016, Huawei has been in a co-engineering partnership with the German manufacturer Leica, whose lenses have been used on the Mate series.