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The new Huawei Mate 50 phone can connect to the Chinese satellite system

Huawei has designed a new smartphone capable of connecting to China’s satellite system, rolling out the new technology as a way to deal with US restrictions on its access to 5G technology.

The Mate 50 series, launched today, will enable smartphone users to communicate with short messages via the BeiDou satellite navigation system. It is the Chinese version of the Global Positioning System (GPS) developed by the United States.

The Chinese company has not had access to premium 5G mobile chips since it was the target of a US crackdown, while competitors like Samsung or Apple are already integrating this technology into their flagship devices.

“Basically, the Mate 50 series will allow users to send short messages with location information using China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) for emergency uses when the carrier’s mobile network telecommunications is not available,” said Arnold Gao, principal analyst at Gartner. Told IT Professional. “BDS offers wider signal coverage, higher reliability and ubiquitous access compared to commercial mobile networks, which can play an important role for emergency communication in disasters, in the desert, at sea. “

Gao added that by launching this new service, Huawei has become the first smartphone maker to bring satellite communication technology to the mainstream market before Apple.

“However, the ‘revolutionary’ part is more on the satellite side, as the global short message communication service offered by BDS is not available from other global navigation satellite systems such as GPS or GLONASS,” said underlined Gao.

According Huawei Center. It also has a triple camera system including a 13MP ultra-wide angle camera and a 50MP main camera.

The device is available in five colors, including blue, orange, silver, black, or purple, and comes in plain leather or glass variants.

The company confirmed in August last year that its flagship phone, the P50, was to ship without 5G support. Huawei blamed the decision on ongoing trade restrictions imposed on the company by the United States. The P50 handsets were only going to support 4G and run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G chipset, although the Pro version would use the company’s own Kirin 9000 processor.

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