Huawei has announced that Huawei P50 Pro and Huawei P50 Pocket are entering the international market.
The Huawei P50 Pro was originally released in China back in July, while the Huawei P50 Pocket was released much later, at the end of December. However, neither phone was available worldwide.
Now that has changed with Huawei’s latest announcement. Huawei has announced a phased international rollout starting today (January 26), starting with key markets in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, and Latin America.
The Huawei P50 Pro boasts mostly top-notch flagship specs, led by a 6.6-inch 2700 x 1228 OLED display running at 120Hz in premium Cocoa Gold or Golden Black finishes. The Snapdragon 888 processor (4G only, like all Huawei currently) is more of a mid-2021 origin, but that still makes it a very capable carrier.
Without a doubt, the main feature here is the P50 Pro’s quad-camera system. The dual matrix camera system consists of a pair of True-Chroma cameras: one 50MP color and one 40MP monochrome. Then there’s a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 64-megapixel telephoto lens doing the zoom functions.
The Huawei XD Optics system is said to have “physics-defying” computing capabilities that can correct optical errors and reproduce fine details.
As for the Huawei P50 Pocket, it represents Huawei’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. It is a premium foldable clamshell with an even smaller and more even gap between the two halves thanks to Huawei’s multi-dimensional hinge design and Huawei’s multi-dimensional lift. .
It is available in two lustrous finishes, White and Premium Gold, each adorned with a jewel engraving. The Premium Gold color scheme is part of the P50 Pocket Premium Edition, developed in collaboration with designer Iris Van Herpen.
It features a 6.9-inch 120Hz OLED display with 2700 x 1228 resolution inside and a 1.04-inch 340 x 340 display for notifications and widgets on the outside.
The camera isn’t quite up to par with the P50 Pro, but it still manages a decent-sounding dual system consisting of a 40MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 13MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture. You also get a 32-megapixel f/1.8 “super spectrum” camera that lets you take fluorescent shots.
The elephant in the room here, as always, is the lack of Google mobile services, which means you won’t be able to access the Google Play Store or any of the Google apps on any of these phones.
At the time of writing, Huawei has only provided us with European pricing. The Huawei P50 Pro will cost €1,199 and the P50 Pocket will cost €1,299. Meanwhile, Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition will cost 1599 euros.
Without 5G, without Google services, and the relatively high price tag might not give the P50 Pro and Pocket the best start, but there’s still a classic Huawei innovation here. I can’t wait to take this camera system off and see how it compares to the best camera phones, and the design is definitely eye-catching on both devices.