In what can be considered one of the longest phone launches in recent memory, Huawei has finally managed to bring its latest P-series smartphones, specifically the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket, to a host of new international markets as of January 26, 2022.
Huawei first introduced the P50 series last July when a China-only launch brought both the standard P50 and P50 Pro to local buyers, while the foldable P50 Pocket only hit the Chinese market in late December 2021.
Huawei announced the international release of the series in October 2021, but it wasn’t until mid-January 2022 that pre-orders opened in the first countries outside of China for both the Pro and Pocket (the base P50 remains exclusive to China, for now).
Those who have been following the development of the mobile industry over the past couple of years know that for a variety of reasons, including supply chain issues due to the pandemic and global chip shortages, many of the big names in the mobile space (Samsung and Huawei among them) failed to bring devices to market when they wanted to.
So elements of the P50 Pro and Pocket specs may feel more like early 2021 hardware than 2022, but the company remains confident in its design, performance, and camera tech to appeal to consumers, even in the face of these delays. .
The Huawei P50 Pro is a more traditional flagship with an attractive all-in-one form factor that includes a 6.6-inch 120Hz curved-edge AMOLED display and a powerful quad-sensor rear setup built into the phone’s signature dual-matrix camera design. while the P50 Pocket is Huawei’s first foldable clamshell that can compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
Both phones are powered by the 4G variant of Qualcomm’s 2021 flagship mobile chip – the Snapdragon 888 – and come with 8GB of RAM, and software is where these international versions differ most markedly from their Chinese counterparts.
The main software here is EMUI 12 (runs on top of Android 11) out of the box, rather than HarmonyOS 2, which presents some difference in terms of interoperability and interconnection with other Huawei products.
While both phones have already started pre-orders in select markets ahead of the official release on January 26th, Huawei has now officially committed to bringing the devices to the “Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Europe and Latin America markets.” what is called “phase one”.
In terms of pricing, in European markets, the Huawei P50 Pro SKU with 8GB RAM and 256GB is priced at €1,199, while the ceramic white P50 Pocket (again with 8GB RAM) is priced at €1,299. The foldable model also features a textured polished gold Premium Edition designed by haute couture designer Iris Van Herpen with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage that costs €1,599.
Check out our Huawei P50 Pro and Huawei P50 Pocket Special Features for more details on the hardware, pricing, and availability of these phones.