Huawei has announced its latest flagship phones for the Chinese market, the P50 and P50 Pro. These are the company’s first major phones to launch with HarmonyOS, the company’s branded mobile operating system, which pairs with Huawei’s generally well-specified cameras and hardware, which include the flagship Snapdragon processor. Qualcomm 888 in some models.
The launch of the P50 series came a little later in the year than the P40 in 2020, thanks to US sanctions which seriously affected Huawei’s ability to produce new phones and restricted its ability to buy chips and phones. other components from companies using American technology. . When he first teased the phones last month, Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that no launch date was set at the time “for reasons you all know.”
These sanctions mean that, like other recent Huawei phones, the P50 series will not include Google’s apps and services if it ever releases outside of China. In fact, according to Huawei, the P50 doesn’t run Android at all, thanks to its own HarmonyOS software. The extent to which HarmonyOS is actually distinct from Android is a point of contention, however, following reports that it is in fact a fork of Android’s open source code.
US sanctions mean not all P50s use Huawei’s own Kirin chips. The P50 and a version of the P50 Pro use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor, according to datasheets on the company’s website. Qualcomm was granted permission to sell chips to Huawei last year. There is also a version of the P50 Pro shown with Huawei’s own Kirin 9000 processor. Both phones are listed as 4G, with no mention of 5G support. The P50 Pro is available with 8 or 12 GB of RAM with up to 512 GB of internal storage, while the P50 is available with 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage.
The P50 Pro has a 6.6-inch 120Hz 1228p OLED display, while the P50 has a slightly smaller 6.5-inch 90Hz 1224p OLED display. The P50 Pro has a 4,360mAh battery, compared to 4,100mAh in the P50. Both can be charged quickly with a 66W cable and the P50 Pro can be charged wirelessly at 50W. There is an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
If Huawei’s recent flagships are anything to go by, it’s the P50 series cameras that will be their most interesting feature. Housed in two circular camera bumps, the P50 Pro has four rear cameras – a 50-megapixel, 64-megapixel primary telephoto lens with 3.5x optical zoom, 40-megapixel monochrome, and 13-megapixel ultra-wide. The P50 has a similar camera bump, but it has one lens less. It has a 50-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, and 13-megapixel ultra-wide. Both have 13-megapixel selfie cameras.
The P50 Pro starts at 5,988 yuan (around $ 927) for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and goes on sale in China on August 12. The P50 starts at 4,488 yuan (around $ 695), also with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and goes on sale in September. It is not known if or when they will receive a release outside of China.