Here’s why the new Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black is a dark horse flagship phone that’s well worth a look
In Malaysia, people are spoilt for choice with a veritable cornucopia of phones of all makes and price points from flagships to affordable workhorses but what makes a phone great?
While improved specifications certainly do play a part in making a phone great, it’s not the ultimate determining factor. Every year, smartphone vendors perpetually pursue a Sisyphean race with successive generations of smartphones offering improved performance, bigger and brighter and sharper displays, longer battery life, better cameras and more such that the smartphones of tomorrow will always be better than those today except in one respect – durability.
Bar outliers like the ancient, almost indestructible Nokia 3310, the classic smartphone form factor today of a glass shod slab of metal, unfortunately have the resilience of a Faberge egg to a drop to the floor. Huawei’s latest addition to their line-up, the Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black aims to address that oversight in a somewhat impressive fashion.
The latest addition to their ultra tough Kunlun Glass edition line-up alongside the Orange Vegan Leather that debuted earlier and its sibling done up in a smooth silver colourway, the Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black is a flagship smartphone in every respect but ups the ante in terms of toughness by several notches as it’s protected by Huawei’s latest ultra tough Kunlun glass.
That’s not all though as the Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black has a few extra features up its proverbial sleeves. Here’s why the new Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black is a dark horse flagship phone that’s well worth a look!
Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black – Ultra tough Kunlun glass
The new Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black features a display protected by a special transparent material that Huawei has dubbed as Kunlun Glass that is currently unique to the Mate50 Pro Kunlun Glass series phones that also include the Orange Vegan Leather and Silver variants.
In terms of toughness and durability, Kunlun Glass is able to easily survive drops to the floor without damage from about waist height and offers excellent impact resistance such that it is able to smash open walnuts on the display without a scratch. This level of damage resistance means that the Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black is one of the toughest phones around and is actually a roundabout but highly effective cost saving measure.
Owners needn’t have to chunk out for heavy, bulky casings or screen protectors. You can find out more about how Kunlun Glass is made in our prior feature here. What makes the Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black special on top of its Kunlun Glass sheathed display is its textured Carbon Black backplate that’s finished in vegan leather akin to the orange variant launched earlier. This lends it a luxurious tactility that makes it sensuous to hold while also reducing the chances of it slipping and dropping when held.
Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black – Flagship grade performance
The Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black features flagship-grade hardware with a top of the line Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU paired with 8GB RAM as well as 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage that let it go toe to toe with other flagship-grade phones.
That’s not all as the Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black features the powerful XMAGE camera system which has a physical aperture system, robust IP68 water and dust resistance too.
Add in the robust Kunlun Glass protecting its display and you have a phone that can keep pace with your lifestyle. For more details about the Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black’s performance, you can check out our Mate50 Pro review which has a similar performance envelope but lacks the Kunlun Glass and textured Carbon Black vegan leather. You can also check out our prior feature on why the Mate50 Pro series are powerhouse flagships too
Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black – Huawei AppGallery with Lighthouse apps and Google apps support
While Huawei phones run EMUI and source apps from the AppGallery, the Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black and its other siblings have the added benefit of being able to support and run Google apps via the Lighthouse app.
By installing the free Lighthouse app from the Huawei AppGallery, Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black users can add their Google account or multiple accounts as well as the ability to run Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, backup and run Whatsapp, use Google Classroom and more without issue. You can find out more about the Lighthouse app here.
Where to buy the Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black in Malaysia
The new Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Carbon Black is now available nationwide at all HUAWEI Experience Stores as well as online at the HUAWEI Official Website priced at RM4,899 with 8GB RAM/256GB of storage alongside the Huawei Mate50 Pro Kunlun Silver which has a similar price and storage configuration. If you need additional storage, the Huawei Mate50 Pro Orange Vegan Leather is priced at RM5,299 which has 512GB of storage available.