Huawei has officially announced the Huawei P50 and P50 Pro in China. Both phones come with high-end specifications and work with Harmony OS, Huawei’s operating system.
These are the Huawei P50 and P50 Pro
The Huawei P50 and Huawei P50 Pro are the first high-end phones from Huawei to be delivered with Harmony OS. In addition, there are several premium cameras on the P50 with innovative features, just like those of the P40 and P30 series.
Let’s first talk about the Harmony OS because that is the operating system of Huawei that replaces Android and GMS. Huawei was forced to do this because the US government has no intentions to remove Huawei from the Entity List. That means that apps like Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Keep, and Google Calendar are not on these phones. Huawei does provide alternatives for these apps. Of course, there are also workarounds to bypass this ban but the methods are complicated. Harmony OS now works with all smart devices and of course new P50 smartphones.
Huawei P50 Pro Cameras
The Huawei P50 series features a True-Chroma Dual-Matrix camera module that comprises the main camera unit and a Super-Zoom unit. The P50 Pro has two particularly large circular camera modules. The main camera module includes a 50MP large camera sensor with a large 1.22µm pixel size, f1.8 aperture, and OIS. The main lens works in combination with a 40MP monochrome sensor with a larger f1.6 aperture to capture more details and light.
Next, there is a 13MP ultra-wide camera with a smaller f2.2 aperture which is a big departure from the 40MP superior ultra-wide camera (with f1.8) of the P40 Pro. All three cameras are assisted by laser autofocus.
There is a 64MP periscope lens with a lesser 3.5x optical zoom. Yes, Huawei has changed things a bit here. They have limited the optical zoom capability in favor of more pixels and computational photography. Huawei has introduced a new software technology that uses computational photography to retain more information that would otherwise be lost when it passed through the periscope lens.
The telephoto camera can zoom in up to 3.5 times without loss of quality. After that, the camera can digitally zoom in up to 200 times. The telephoto camera has f3.5 and Optical Image Stabilization.
- 50 MP main camera (f/1.8, OIS)
- 40 MP black and white camera (f/1.6)
- 13 MP ultra wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
- 64 MP telephoto camera (f/3.5, 3.5x optical zoom, OIS)
Huawei P50 Cameras
The P50 has a similar camera cutout, containing one less camera. This phone has a 50MP main camera, a 12MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom. You can zoom up to 80x using this lens. The P50 vanilla version also has a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens. Both have 13-megapixel selfie cameras.
Both the phones can shoot up to 4K videos, yes, there is no 8K video recording option and frankly, I don’t care about that. the phones can record slow videos with a 1080p resolution at 960fps. I hope they have increased the recording duration.
The P50 Pro also just scored the highest ever score on the DXOMARK which is a testament to the camera prowess of the P50 Pro.
Two types of chipsets
Huawei has equipped part of the P50 series with its own Kirin 9000 chips and part with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset. Since the end of last year, Huawei has been allowed to buy chips from Qualcomm again. Both phones have 4G in the specification list, there is no 5G support. This is special because most phones in this segment have been supporting the fast 5G network for quite some time.
The P50 Pro is available with 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage, while the P50 is available with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
The Huawei P50 Pro has a 6.6-inch OLED display (1228p) with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The P50 has a slightly smaller 6.5-inch OLED display (1224p) with a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
The P50 Pro has a 4,360 mAh battery, and the P50 has a 4,100 mAh battery. Both support 66 watts quick-charge and the P50 Pro also supports 50 watts wireless charging. Both phones come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Prices and availability
The Verge says that the Huawei P50 Pro with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage costs about €780 and will be on sale in China on August 12.
The P50 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage costs €585 and will go on sale in September.
As for the colors are concerned, the P50 Pro will appear in Pearl White, Golden Black, Charm Pink, and Cocoa Gold, the Pro model will also come in a special color, Dynamic Sky Blue.
The Huawei P50 on the other hand will appear in just three colors. It is unclear if and when Huwaei is going to launch these phones outside China.