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Huawei unveils Mate 50 phone that links with China's own GPS system

Satellite feature aims to get around U.S. 5G curbs and outshine Apple

Huawei's Mate 50 smartphone line will allow users to send messages using China's BeiDou satellite system. (Photo from screenshot of Huawei launch event)

TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies has included satellite communications capabilities in its latest flagship smartphone as the Chinese tech conglomerate attempts to get around U.S. restrictions on its access to 5G wireless technologies.

The Mate 50 series will allow users to send short messages and map out routes using the BeiDou navigation satellite system, the Chinese version of the more widely used Global Positioning System developed by the U.S. Air Force.

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