Huawei launched the world’s first satellite-connected mobile phone Mate 50. It can send emergency text messages in places where there is no telecommunications network signal, but does not support a satellite connection on the first launch.

On the September 6, Huawei preceded Apple’s iPhone 14 when it introduced the Mate 50. It said the technology was “sky piercing.” Huawei claimed the Mate 50 can send emergency text messages via the Beidou satellite system in places where there is no telecommunications network signal, and is considered a “life-saving artifact” for mountain climbers. However, Chinese media lost face, when the Mate 50 was “first launched but it did not support a Beidou connection,” prompting netizens to disprove, “Why promote this (satellite connection)? “

Many people think that just holding the Huawei Mate 50 series in their hands, they have the technology to “pierce the sky” and send messages and chat freely via the Beidou satellite. The fact proved to be completely false. NetEase cited information from Fast Technology reporting that the satellite connection technology on mobile phones “only supports sending messages, not support receiving,” and should be used in an open and unobstructed environment. 

Li Xiaolong, leader in charge of Huawei’s mobile phone product line, said that in urban or mountainous environments, you can use the Mate 50 series to send messages to the Beidou satellite, but it cannot be used on a plane.

There are many limiting factors, but the satellite connection functionality of the Mate 50 series “was not supported at the launch time.” In other words, the phone cannot use this function after it is sold and must wait for a later update. Even if this function is released in the future, it needs to be activated on the ground through the “Changlian” app – Huawei’s own connection software and it is limited to use only in China. Even special zones like Hong Kong, Macau, or neighboring Taiwan have no access to this feature.

Aboluowang quoted many complaints, “You call this the first debut?” “Originally disabled, but still bragging about it?” “Bragging first, users have to wait for the next update to use anyway.”

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