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Huawei P50: here’s everything we know so far

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Officially, the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pro were unveiled in July 2021. However, they have not yet been made available for international buyers as of October.

The phones are currently only available in China and Malaysia. Huawei has confirmed that it will be bringing its smartphones into other countries. Some parts of Europe are next, but it is not clear when or if key regions such as Australia and the UK will receive them.

It is possible that the global chipset shortage is the cause. We have heard that the Huawei Mate50 series could also be delayed or canceled.

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The 2021 entries in Huawei’s long-running series of photography-focused smartphones are the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pro. They have top specs all around, but especially in the camera department. Below, you can learn everything about these devices.

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Huawei has announced European pricing for the Huawei P50 Pro & P50 Pocket phones, but it is not clear if these phones will be available in the UK.

Let’s get to the point

  • What is it? Huawei’s latest line of high-end smartphones
  • When will it be available? It’s now available in China and later on other countries
  • What is the price? Pricing for the Pro at mid-range and the Pro at the top of the price range

Release date and price for the Huawei P50 series

Huawei has revealed European pricing for its Huawei P50 Pro (a foldable phone) and the Huawei P50 Pocket (a smartphone). The P50 Pro starts at EUR1199, which is roughly $1,350 / PS1,000 / AU$1,890, while the P50 Pocket begins at EUR1299 (roughly £1,465 / PlayStation1,085 / AU$2,045).

A Huawei P50 Pocket Premium edition (made in collaboration avec haute couture designer Iris van Herpen) is also available for EUR1599, or approximately $1,800 / PS1,335 / AU$2,520.

These phones are priced in Europe so there is a chance they will be available in the UK. However, that has not been confirmed yet, which means that a release date has not been set. A release in Australia is not confirmed, so a US launch is highly unlikely.

The standard Huawei P50 is not mentioned here, which could indicate that it doesn’t get a broad launch.

The European prices were not revealed until now, but the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pro prices have been confirmed for China. This is more than Europe because there are different prices for different sizes of storage. Let’s first look at the standard Huawei 50 prices. We will also be converting prices for different regions. These won’t necessarily reflect the actual on-sale price in these regions.

RAM/Storage China price Conversion to the US Conversion to the UK Conversion to AU 8GB / 128GB CNY4,488 $700 PS500 $940 8GB / 256GB CNY4,988 $770 PS550 $1,040

This is a typical mid-range price for most regions. However, we don’t believe the conversions will be accurate if the device lands on markets outside China.

Let’s now discuss the Huawei P50 Pro pricing.

RAM/Storage China price Conversion to the US Conversion to the UK Conversion to AU 8GB / 128GB CNY5,988 $930 PS660 $1,250 8GB / 256GB CNY6,588 $1,020 PS730 $1,380 8GB / 512GB CNY7,488 $1,160 PS830 $1,570 12GB / 512GB CNY7,988 $1,240 PS890 $1,670

These conversions indicate that the Huawei P50 Pro is quite expensive, especially for the 12GB RAM version.

In China, the Huawei P50 Pro was released on August 12, 2021. The Pro Plus and Pro Plus were expected to be launched globally in August or September. However, it was delayed until early 2022.

Design and display

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The Huawei P50 features a flat-edge OLED display measuring 6.5 inches diagonally. It is broken up by a central cutout to accommodate the front camera at the top edge. The resolution is 1228×2700. The refresh rate is 90Hz, and the touch input is at 300Hz.

Although the Huawei P50 Pro displays most of the same specs, it is slightly larger at 6.6 inches and features a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen curves at its edges, unlike the “vanilla” phone.

Other than the display, the phones look very similar. The rear cameras are housed in large circles at the back. These devices are equipped with USB-C ports but lack 3.5mm headphones jacks.

Huawei stated that the devices are IP68-resistant against dust and water. They also claimed that both models were fairly light, with the Pro weighing 195g and the Standard model weighing 181g. This is a lot less than an average iPhone.

Cameras and battery life

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Let’s move on to the most important feature that Huawei phones are famous for: their cameras. The standard P50 comes with three rear cameras: a 50MP main camera, a 12MP periscope zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide snapper. This is a good complement of cameras with the periscope module supporting 5x optical Zoom.

The P50 Pro features 64MP telephoto, 50MP main and 40MP monochrome cameras. It also has 13MP ultra-wide cameras. This is a collection of very high-res snapper, including the periscope, which apparently allows for a mind-blowing 200x digital zoom as well as 3.5x optical.

Both phones have a 13MP front-facing camera. This is a bit low compared to other snappers but it’s more than enough for taking selfies.

The Huawei P50 comes with a 4,100mAh lithium battery. If you choose the Pro, you get a slightly larger 4,360mAh power pack. These numbers seem quite low for a flagship phone. We hope that there are smart software optimizations to ensure the phones last a good amount of time.

Both handsets have a 66W wired charging, which is fast, but not as fast as other flagships. The Pro also offers 50W wireless charging.

Software and performance

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HarmonyOS 2, Huawei’s Android rival, is available on all new Huawei P50 smartphones. It was unveiled earlier this year. Although the software is not Android-like, it does bring some improvements.

First, Huawei’s AppStore only has a limited number of apps. However, you can get around this problem by using Petal Search to install other apps from the internet.

HarmonyOS was created to work with other Huawei devices. If you own a smartwatch or tablet from Huawei, you should be able make the most out of it.

What about the chipset, then? It’s the Snapdragon888 in the Huawei P50, which is the highest-end processor for Android phones. But there is one difference. This is a 4G version. The Huawei P50 Pro and Huawei P50 Pro will not allow you to connect to 5G networks.

TechRadar was informed by a spokesperson for Huawei that Huawei had no other choice but to launch 4G variants of the Huawei P50 Series.

 

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