It’s actually more than that
The Huawei P50 series was first teased during HarmonyOS’ launch. After a series of hindrances and troubles, the P50 series has finally arrived, with a stunning finish and design to complement it.
The design is slightly different from the P40, for instance, there is only one front camera now opposed to two and is located in the center. The Huawei P50 series also offer a different yet innovative camera design at the back. It uses a unique double ring design to house the camera sensors! And these camera sensors are jam-packed.
The Huawei P50 is a flagship device, but is not the more premium of the two (obviously that would go for the Pro version). Let’s start off with the display. The display is a flat 6.5in. FHD+ (2700 x 1224) OLED with 90Hz refresh rate but has a high touch sampling rate of 300Hz. The screen can display for up to 1.03 billion colours and also includes HDR10+ support, 1440Hz PWM dimming and P3 wide colour gamut, for a truly vibrant and energetic display experience.
Next off are the cameras, which are the phones’ main highlight. As mentioned earlier, it uses a unique large two-ring design for the camera hump. If you are wondering, yes these cameras are still Leica-engineered. There are three cameras at the back. The main sensor is 50MP f/1.8 with a focal length of 23mm and features omnidirectional PDAF, laser autofocus and OIS. There’s also a 13mp f/2.2 ultrawide camera and a 12mp periscopic telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom, which also comes with OIS.
As you can tell, these are flagship-worthy cameras that is certainly an upgrade over the P40, which also features a 50mp camera and OIS. The Huawei P50 also comes with a new XD Fusion Pro graphics engine for enhancing image quality. For selfies, you get a single 13mp punch-hole camera with an aperture of F/2.4
For the processor, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor (surprisingly, since they were told not to exist by the US government). However, there’s a catch to that, you only get the 4G edition of the chipset, due to a sanction by the US government. So this may be one of the only flagships launched this year that’s 4G only
The phone comes in two storage options: 128GB and 256GB as well as 8GB RAM. Unlike the typical flagship, this phone comes with an expandable memory, however it uses Huawei’s very own contraption called nanomemory, which are like MicroSD cards but even smaller.
Because this is Huawei, the two phones would be like the black sheep of the Android phone family. Instead of EMUI, this phone would come HarmonyOS 2.0 which was announced earlier this year. Also because of political problems, this phone won’t come with Google services, like every new Huawei smartphone.
For the battery, you get a 4100mAh battery with support for 66W fast wired charging. Unfortunately though, this one does not come with fast wireless charging support. However this was partly compensated for its IP68 water/dust resistance rating, stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and an optical in-display fingerprint sensor
Huawei P50 Pro
The Huawei P50 Pro comes out as the more premium and main flagship for Huawei this year. The phone is, in many respects, similar to the vanilla variant with a few major differences.
While the P50 Pro shares the same type of display and resolution as the vanilla variant, the Huawei P50 Pro’s screen is curved and comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate. The display is also slightly larger, at 6.6in.
For the processor, you get two variants: One that’s Snapdragon 888 and the other is Huawei’s in-house Kirin 9000 chipset, both of which are locked to 4G due to US sanctions. The phone comes in four configurations: 8/128, 8/256, 8/512 and 12/512.
Of course it can’t be a P-series phone without the stunning camera, which the phones are widely known for. Huawei played the numbers game pretty much in this sector.
There are four cameras, the main one is a 50MP sensor like the one on the vanilla variant but also a 40MP B&W camera with 26mm focal length and an aperture of f/1.6. Huawei did not announce any type of stabilisation here, but we believe this at least comes with gyro-EIS. In addition, there’s a 64MP periscopic telephoto camera with f/3.5 aperture, 3.5 optical zoom, 20x hybrid, 100x digital zoom and OIS. This telephoto camera has more resolution for a more detailed zoom-in, unlike the vanilla variant. Finally, there is the 13mp ultrawide camera with f/2.2 aperture.
Like the vanilla variant, there’s a 13mp selfie camera in the center. Not much is changed here, except anti-shake and autofocus so when you vlog it won’t feel like a recent earthquake just hit the area and you are just oblivious to your surroundings. The main camera performance should be on-par or as competitive as contemporary flagships.
Like the P50, the P50 Pro has a graphics engine called XD Fusion Pro that is similar to AI enhancement capabilities. This enhances the post-processing of your photos after you have taken the shot. In addition to this, there’s also HDR Vivid mode that enhances colour reproduction.
For endurance, the phone comes with a 4360mAh battery out of the box with support 66W fast wired charging. This battery is only slightly larger in contrast to the vanilla variant. There’s another major differences in which the P50 lacks… that’s the wireless charging support! Huawei said that this phone would come with a 50W fast wireless charging support along with the ability to wirelessly charge in reverse. Although, Huawei did an Apple for the two flagships as the phones won’t be shipped with a charger (is “having a charger in the box” seriously going to be a feature now? WTF?).
Like the vanilla variant, this is also IP68 certified and also comes with stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.2, optical in-display fingerprint and HarmonyOS 2.0 without Google services (like obviously).
Also, as a bonus, Huawei will be launching a 12/512 collectors edition of the phone made of nanocrystalline glass that should withstand drops by up to 5 times in comparison to normal glass.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:
The prices and availability for the two phones are as follows:
Huawei P50 (Available starting 21st September in China)
- 8/128 – CNY 4488 (~Php 34.8K)
- 8/256 – CNY 4988 (~Php 38.8K)
Colours: Cocoa Tea Gold, Snow White, Black
Huawei P50 pro (Available starting 12th August, Pre-order starts 30th July)
- 8/128 (Snapdragon version) – CNY 5988 (~Php 46.5K)
- 8/256 (Kirin and Snapdragon versions) – CNY 6488 (~Php 50.4K)
- 8/512 (Kirin and Snapdragon versions) – CNY 7488 (~Php 58.2K)
- 12/512 (Kirin and Snapdragon, Ripple Blue colour only) – CNY 7988 (~Php 62.1K) (Available starting September)
- 12/512 (Collectors’ Edition (Black, includes charger), Kirin version) – CNY 8488 (~Php 66K) (Available starting September)
Colours: Gold, White, Black, Pink