Huawei doesn’t need to prove that its flagship phones can compete with any other handsets. Huawei has done it again with the Mate and P series phones. They have continually pushed the boundaries in design, features, and mobile photography year after year. This trend continues with the Huawei P50 Pro.
Software is the real challenge, as you may have heard it before. Huawei has been trying to create its own platform, based on Android since the United States banned Huawei from using Google services. This is to convince app developers to publish their apps to its App Gallery.
Huawei has made some progress depending on where you are located, with many popular apps and services now available in the App Gallery. Huawei must win over the larger developers: While major apps like Snapchat and TikTok can be found in the App Gallery’s App Gallery, WhatsApp and Instagram are still missing.
The software aside, the P50 Pro Huawei is once again able to compete with flagships of any other leading manufacturer.
The P50 Pro’s design is stunning: it looks great, it’s light and thin, and it fits perfectly in your hand. It feels and looks like a high-end product.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 880 processor is a powerful tool for speeding up apps and ensuring smooth operation. Although the 8GB RAM isn’t an exceptional spec, it’s sufficient to make the phone feel fast. There are different storage options depending on where you live. Our review model had 256GB which is enough for most users. However, the phone doesn’t support 5G, which is another result of US restrictions.
Photography is where the Huawei P50 Pro shines. This is not surprising considering Huawei is a long-standing leader in mobile photography, especially with the P series. The Huawei P50 Pro’s main camera is amazing and can capture stunning shots in all lighting conditions. The telephoto and ultrawide cameras were a little disappointing, as they don’t provide the same color fidelity as the primary camera.
Although the Huawei P50 Pro’s battery isn’t the largest we have seen, it’s enough to last you for a day of moderate usage. Huawei provides fast 66W wireless charging and fast 50W wired charging. This allows you to quickly top up when needed.
The Huawei P50 Pro is a great flagship phone. Huawei’s efforts to get apps onto its platform are commendable. The final decision is up to you, what apps you use most and how dependent you are on Google services like Google Photos, Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail.
Release date and price of Huawei P50 Pro
The Huawei P50 was first announced in China last year and is currently being launched internationally. It is available in the UK and other countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Huawei phones are not usually sold in the US and Australia. Don’t expect to find it there.
The Huawei P50 Pro is available in the UK and UAE with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It costs PS1,099.99/AED3,999. The Huawei P50 Pro offers more capacity than the iPhone 13 Pro max or the Samsung Galaxy S22 U.
The original Huawei P50 Pro was announced in four colors. However, availability varies from region to region. It is available in the UK in Cocoa Gold and Golden Black colors.
Design and display
Huawei is not afraid to release premium-looking phones. The P50 Pro looks stylish and feels great in your hand. The P50 Pro measures 158.8×72.8mm and weighs 195g.
As with most Huawei flagship phones, volume buttons and power button are on the right. The USB Type-C port is located at the bottom.
The speakers are on the top and bottom, while the fingerprint sensor is behind it. It has curved edges that wrap around the metallic frame.
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The Huawei P50 Pro comes in four colors: Cocoa Gold (Golden Black), Pearl White (Charm Pink), and Pearl White (Pearl White). However, which color you have may vary depending on where you live. The Cocoa Gold model was reviewed by us, and can be seen in this article.
The phone’s rear has a shiny metallic finish with subtle gold highlights. The phone’s rear has a polished metallic surface with a subtle gold appearance.
Huawei calls it the “dual matrix camera”, and it is sure to be a standout. It will get a variety of reactions, from intriguing to intimidating.
The Huawei P50 Pro’s screen measures 6.6 inches and has a resolution 1228 x 2700. It also boasts a pixel density (450ppi). The Samsung S21 Ultra measures 1440×3200 for 515ppi, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max measures 1284×2778 for 458ppi. These phones are sharp and have high-resolution screens.
The OLED screen’s color reproduction is superb, and it is perfect for watching videos and movies on. Huawei also increased the refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz on the P40 Pro. This makes scrolling through apps and navigating the UI super-smooth. To save battery life, Dynamic can be set to adjust the refresh rate based on what you are doing on your phone. However, High will give you the best experience.
Performance and specifications
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset powers the Huawei P50 Pro. It was used in many of last year’s flagship smartphones. However, it does not come with LTE/4G connectivity.
The chipset comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage on the review model. This should provide enough storage for most people. However, 128GB and512GB versions are also available in other markets.
Huawei’s Nano Memory card (NM) allows you to increase your storage. Although this format isn’t as well-known as microSD cards (microSD cards), NM cards are the same size and shape as Nano SIM cards. This makes it simple to add a second SIM or Nano Memory card to your Huawei phone’s SIM tray.
The Huawei P50 Pro was smoother than other flagship phones and is very easy to use in daily life. Geekbench 5 scored the phone 3018, which is close to other Snapdragon 888-based phones.
The lack of 5G is due to restrictions Huawei imposed. You’ll have to decide how important 5G is. A speed test with 4G was conducted and the Huawei P50 Pro achieved a download speed of 292 Mb.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max with 5G mode had a download speed 586Mbps. The iPhone’s speed is doubled and it will download more things faster, but you still need 25Mbps to stream 4K videos.
Huawei is also very adept at connecting devices within its ecosystem. MateView monitors, Huawei tablets, and laptops can connect to their MateView phones and share data seamlessly.
The Huawei P50 Pro comes with a large, pill-shaped camera bump that houses four AI-powered Leica cameras. The 50MP primary camera is equipped with a periscope telephoto lens that can zoom in at 3.5x, 13MP ultra-wide lenses, and 40MP monochrome sensors.
It is no surprise, given this hardware, that the P50 Pro can produce stunning images. The cameras were excellent, especially during the day. The pictures came out sharp and detailed with a broad dynamic range.
In the past, Huawei smartphones were known to enhance colors to make images more appealing and vibrant. The P50 Pro’s image processing makes colors look more true to life, even those important skin tones. The AI mode is more precise and focused than the usual vibrancy-boosting.
You have many shooting options with the P50 Pro camera set. The ability to see a large area of a scene from a wide angle is great. Also, you can use the macro mode for taking close-up shots. Huawei needs to improve the color management of these modes. A picture taken with the primary wide lens will look warmer that one taken with the ultrawide lens. We are somewhat disappointed that such color shifts occur in this flagship experience.
It is easy to switch between the primary wide lens and the periscope Telephoto lens. The 3.5x optical zoom provides incredible detail. The P50 Pro can zoom in up to 100x, but images beyond 30-50x are not very usable. The dedicated monochrome sensor is a similar story. This is a simple way to apply a B/W filter to any image. This feature may be more appreciated by photography enthusiasts.
The P50 Pro’s daytime photography is enjoyable, but there are some limitations. The camera’s shutter speed can be slow, so we were often forced to wait for a second before taking a photo. This is not a problem in most cases, but it can be dangerous if you try to capture a brief moment.
The second is that the viewfinder of the camera does not accurately show what a photograph will look like after it has been taken. The viewfinder displayed images that were too bright and overexposed when we took pictures with the sky. Once the photo is taken, however, the smartphone’s processing kicks into action to create a well-exposed shot. We don’t think this is a criticism of image quality. It’s simply part of the user experience.
Huawei is a leader in low-light photography. Although the P50 Pro’s low-light images are impressive, they aren’t as sharp as some of its competitors. Some low-light images, particularly of buildings, have a softness to them.
Oddly enough, night mode enabled made matters worse. The longer exposure caused blurring in photos even though the night mode timer was usually only 1 second. There were also instances when the timer would not stop for between 10-12 seconds. This resulted in blurred photos. These are minor issues that we hope can be fixed with software updates.
The ultra-wide camera’s low-light performance is quite disappointing. Modern flagships use a system where the primary lens and ultra-wide lens have the same calibre. The P50 Pro’s lower-resolution sensor and the color inconsistencies we mentioned make low-light experiences less than ideal. The quality loss can be quite evident even when the ultra-wide lens is used for a zoomed-out view at 0.9x or 0.8x. Although you can compensate for this by using night mode, the result will show purple fringing.
The P50 Pro can capture up to 4K video at 60 frames per second. The optical image stabilization (OIS), is available for both the primary wide lens as well as the periscope Telephoto lens. However, it does not apply to the ultra-wide lens. The ultra-wide lens has a speed limit of 4K 30fps. The P50 Pro camera’s video quality is excellent if you are patient with your movements and don’t change lenses during recording. However, if you need to use multiple lenses the transitions can be rough and erratic.
The P50 Pro features a single 13MP selfie camera on the front. The wider field of vision means that the quality is sufficient for most situations. Even though night mode can be used in low light conditions, images may come out a bit softer than we would like. The selfie camera supports a variety of portrait modes, just like the primary camera. However, these options work well for blurring background edges and edge detection. However, the camera can also beautify your face slightly even when beauty mode has been turned off.
The P50 Pro runs Android, but the US government has placed restrictions on Google services. This is as it is with all Huawei phones. Huawei chose to release the P50 Pro internationally with EMUI, rather than HarmonyOS, which is what is being used in China.
Users will have to deal with the lack of Google services or the Play Store. Depending on where you live and how dependent you are on Google services, this could be a minor inconvenience or a reason not to consider buying the phone.
Huawei has made great efforts to get app developers to upload their apps to App Gallery. This is Huawei’s equivalent to the Play Store. Again, it all depends on where you are located. App Gallery has been home to many popular Middle East apps, including banking, food delivery, and utility services. However, support for larger apps like WhatsApp and Instagram is still lacking. Although sideloading apps can be done to circumvent this problem, Huawei makes it simple. However, it is difficult to get Google apps on your Huawei phone.
Google Photos, YouTube and Gmail are the only options. A web browser is not ideal for accessing these services. This is frustrating and Huawei cannot control it. Despite the fact that the phone’s user interface is beautiful and easy to use, it’s frustrating.
Huawei has made the UI beautiful with EMUI 12, which is built on Android 10. The icons are now better designed and the fonts are more appealing. Interface tweaks like large folders on your home screen and widget access by long-pressing an icon of an app help you to use the system every day.
The 4,360mAh battery powers the P50 Pro, which is a little small considering its 8.5mm thickness. The phone does not support 5G but the battery endurance and capacity are sufficient for a full-day of moderate usage.
This means that your phone will last for approximately 6-7 hours before you have to charge it. Screen-on time can drop to six hours if you are a heavy user, such as someone who uses the GPS constantly and takes pictures and videos. A recharge may be required before the end.
Huawei’s in-built charging capabilities mean that you will not have to worry about battery life. One is the 66W charging speed of the included brick, which means that you can go from 0-70% in 30 minutes and a full charge in under an hour.
The P50 Pro supports wireless charging at 50W with an optional proprietary charger. You’ll be accustomed to charging your phone on a wireless pad while working so you won’t run out of power at critical moments. The flagship does not support reverse wireless charging, which is quite surprising considering the previous Huawei phones.