After months of waiting and a number of weeks and month-long delays, Huawei has finally unveiled the next generation of the Huawei P50 series at its Huawei P50 launch event. The new devices come with a circular camera module as we’ve seen previously in leaks, and come equipped with the X chipset.
At the Huawei P50 launch event today, Huawei has released two devices, the Huawei P50, and Huawei P50 Pro flagship devices. The event started out by first taking a look at some of the iconic devices from the past, including the P9, P10, P20, P30, P40 series from the company.
Both the Huawei P50 and Huawei P50 Pro devices support 66W fast wired charging and have stereo speakers. However, only the P50 Pro supports Huawei’s own 50W Wireless charging technology. The smartphones are also IP68 certified to withstand water and dust. Unfortunately, the rumors turned out to be accurate, and neither devices support 5G; therefore, they are both limited to 4G, 3G, and 2G only.
The Huawei P50 has a 6.5-inch OLED FHD+ resolution 90Hz refresh rate display with a 300 Hz touch sampling rate. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 888 4G processor, and it will be available with 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of internal storage. The storage can only be expanded via an NM memory card slot up to 256GB.
There’s a triple camera setup on the back, including a 50MP primary, 13MP ultrawide angle, and a 12MP telephoto sensor with OIS stabilization. It supports 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. On the front, there’s a single 13MP ultrawide-angle camera. The battery capacity is 4,100 mAh, and it supports the same 66W fast wired charging as the P50 Pro model, but it lacks wireless charging.
Huawei P50 Pro
The Huawei P50 Pro is equipped with a large 6.6-inch flexible OLED FHD+ resolution and 120Hz high refresh rate, and 300Hz touch sampling rate curved display. It also features XD Fusion Pro, which is an image fusion system that can double the gathered light, compared to the P40 Pro. It can also increase the dynamic range by 28%.
The Huawei P50 Pro will be available in two versions – including one rocking a Kirin 9000 chipset, and another with Snapdragon 888. It will be available in multiple configurations, including 8GB of memory and 128/256/512GB of storage, and there’ll also be a higher-end model with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The storage will be expandable via an NM memory card up to 256GB.
The quad-camera setup on the back consists of a 50MP primary camera, 40MP monochrome sensor, a 13MP ultrawide angle camera, and a 64MP telephoto camera with OIS image stabilization and 3.5x optical zoom. The camera also supports 100x digital zoom. On the front, there is a 13MP ultrawide angle to spice up your selfie game. The battery has a capacity of 4,360 mAh, and it supports reverse wireless charging.
Availability & Colors
The Huawei P50 Pro will be available in five color combinations, including Yao Gold Black, Cocoa Tea Gold, Snowy White, Dawn Power, and Rippling Clouds. The standard Huawei P50 will receive three colors, Yao Gold Black, Cocoa Tea Gold, and Snowy White.
Memory and Storage
HUAWEI P50 Pro (Special Edition)
12GB + 512GB
¥ 8488 (~$1,313)
HUAWEI P50 Pro
12GB + 512GB
¥ 7988 (~$1,236)
8GB + 512GB
¥ 7488 (~$1,159)
8GB + 256GB
¥ 6488 (~$1,000)
Snapdragon 888 4G
8GB + 512GB
¥ 7488 (~$1,159)
8GB + 256GB
¥ 6488 (~$1,000)
8GB + 128GB
¥ 5988 (~$925)
Snapdragon 888 4G
8GB + 256GB
¥ 4988 (~$772)
8GB + 128GB
¥ 4488 (~$695)
The Huawei P50 series are also the first flagship devices from the company to feature its own HarmonyOS 2, which goes head-to-head against Google’s Android operating system. Both the Huawei P50 and P50 Pro will be available globally, which might explain why they both only support 4G connectivity.
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Huawei’s presence in the smartphone market has come under question several times since the imposition of trade sanctions by the United States. Limitations on 5G capability enabled by imported components have also resulted in lower sales within China. But the launch of the Mate 40 Series in the global market and the trade licenses granted to Sony, Omnivision, and even Qualcomm have provided some respite. Although this period of difficulty is not over, the brand seems prepared to globally launch the teased P50 Series near the end of this month.
As reported, the unveiling of the new line of smartphones will happen at an official event, confirmed for 29th July. But while we wait in anticipation to see what the Chinese OEM has in hand, here’s our compilation of all the information available about the devices to give you an idea of what to expect.
A little heads up, leaks to date make it seem that interested buyers will have three options to choose from, which include the standard P50 alongside the slightly larger P50 Pro and P50 Pro+.
Design and Display
Leaks and rumors surrounding Huawei’s P50 Series first appeared at the end of December last year. Since then, renders presented by Steven H. (@OnLeaks) have showcased the designs claimed to be for the P50 and P50 Pro.
According to these, the Pro model features a curved display, whereas the standard will have a flat panel. While the curvature is not much different than what’s present on Huawei’s P40 Pro, the front camera design is a massive change from the pill-shaped cutout seen previously.
Following this, official-looking images shared by @RODENT950 corroborated the camera design, and Huawei’s teaser for the P50 Series seemingly confirmed the look.
So while we have an idea of what to expect in terms of design, what about the specifics? While there hasn’t been a mention of the type of display, leaks by Steven H. give us numbers for the size of the panel these devices will feature. The standard P50 will have a 6.3-inch display, whereas the Pro and Pro Plus will use a curved 6.6-inch unit.
From past trends, according to us, seeing an FHD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate on the P50 will not be out of order, whereas a QHD+ OLED display with variable refresh rates up to 120Hz may be available on the P50 Pro and P50 Pro+. This information has not been leaked and is just what we expect you may see on the devices.
Huawei’s P Series has been known for its camera prowess, and as per rumors, the OEM will aim to better the experience it offers with a triple camera layout on the P50 and a quad-camera array on the P50 Pro and Pro Plus, which will also include the Sony IMX800, a 1-inch sensor for smartphones (via GSM Arena).
RODENT950 further states the Huawei P50 will use a 50MP primary sensor, a 40MP ultra-wide, and an 8MP telephoto with 3x zoom. The Huawei P50 Pro, on the other hand, is tipped to have a sensor system consisting of the Sony IMX800, the Omnivision OV64A, an unnamed 5X periscope lens, and a ToF or new unidentified sensor.
Performance and Battery
Year on year performance improvements have become commonplace in smartphones. Seeing how the P40 Series shared its chipset with the Mate 30 Series makes it likely the P50 lineup will use the Kirin 9000 5G available with the Mate 40 Series.
But as reported, it seems Huawei may have to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset in 4G-only variants of the P50 and P50 Pro, owing to a shortage of supply.
Stepping off the rumors, as for the batteries within these devices, last year we saw a 3,800mAh cell in the P40, while the P40 Pro and Pro Plus had a 4,200mAh unit. With the hope displays this year will have higher refresh rate panels, we would say you should expect slightly larger cells across the lineup. If this doesn’t happen, users may have to find respite in Huawei bringing their 66W wired SuperCharge standard to the devices.
What Extras will the P50 Series offer?
From analyzing the leaked images, we expect Huawei will introduce dual stereo speakers, which they also shipped on the Mate 40 Series. Next, last year’s P40 lineup had an IP rating, meaning we can expect it here too. Hopefully, it will be a uniform IP68 or better across the line of devices — the P40 had an IP53 rating while the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ had IP68. The device’s image also showed an IR blaster along the top, another bonus for interested buyers.
When will the Huawei P50 Series be available?
With a global launch confirmed for the P50 Series, the question remains about its availability. Speculation from RODENT950 says the new phones will launch with the Snapdragon-powered P50 and P50 Pro in August, followed by 5G variants (using Kirin 9000 5G) in the Fall, and the P50 Pro Plus is said to have been postponed to later in the Fall and made China-exclusive.
With HarmonyOS 2.0 ready for smartphones and the launch of the P50 Series less than a week away, what are your expectations for the new devices? Let us know with your comments below.
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We have been waiting patiently for the arrival of the new Huawei P50 series since it was first rumored to arrive back in March of the ongoing year. However, we know that the wait is almost over, as the Chinese Korean tech giant has officially announced that it will launch the new P50 series on the last week of July, and it seems that this new series will be available all around the world.
The new Huawei P50 series will be officially presented next week, on Thursday, August 29, to be precise. Now, given the company’s situation, we expected the new smartphone to have limited availability to China and maybe some other Asian countries, but according to a Huawei representative in Finland, the P50 will be available globally.
Unfortunately, the Huawei P50 series will not feature Google Services because of the US ban, but the company continues to develop a proprietary ecosystem that already offers 134,000 apps. Further, the company has more than 4 million developers signing in to the Harmony platform, which means that you may very well survive without preinstalled Google apps. And remember that there are ways to get around these roadblocks. And if you don’t really care for those issues, you may go for your new P50 that’s expected to arrive with Leica cameras.
It is also believed that the new Huawei P50 series may arrive with a 125mm periscope lens with f/3/4 aperture, at least in one of its models. Other rumors suggest that this may be the last Kirin-powered Huawei device, as the company may end up having to shift to a 4G-only variant of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, as its supply of Kirin 9000 chips may be somewhat limited. Whatever the case, we will be covering the launch event of the new P50 series, so we will keep you informed of everything you need to know about the upcoming Huawei P50.
Via GSM Arena
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