elegance comes with too high a price

In our pocket with it! In this Huawei P50 Pocket review you can read what we think of the latest folding device from Huawei, whose entry-level price is 1299 euros.

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Huawei P50 Pocket review: just fold

We recently published our comprehensive Huawei P50 Pro review. That device is Huawei’s latest flagship, but the company has even more to offer. There is also the Huawei P50 Pocket which has many similarities, but offers a completely different form factor. This device is Huawei’s first with a foldable screen like the famous Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

So you can open the device to use it like a normal smartphone. Very different from the Huawei Mate X and Mate Xs that were presented years ago. The Pocket is certainly not the perfect phone for everyone, for several reasons. You can read all about this striking device in our Huawei P50 Pocket review.

Table of contents Huawei P50 Pocket review

Design: thin, elegant and perfect ‘fold’

We have known a design like that of the P50 Pocket for several years, with Samsung stealing the show. Yet it is immediately noticeable that this device is a bit more elegant. This makes it feel a bit lighter and less angular. It is also positive that there is no more space between the two folded screen parts. This makes it harder for sand or dust to penetrate, which does happen at the crack of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (3).

We have tested the gold-colored model, or the Premium Edition. On the outside it contains a design inspired by “magnetic fields from nature” and before that Huawei collaborated with the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Opinions in the editors are often divided, because it shines a lot and fingerprints are also clearly visible.

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The right side contains the fast physical fingerprint scanner, which you also use as the power button. You will also find the volume buttons on that side. The SIM card tray can be found on the right side and the bottom has the USB-C port and stereo speakers. The round camera module contains three different cameras, about which more later. There is also a nice second screen on the outside.

The hinge can be bent at an angle of 90 degrees, just like with the Z Flip 3. So you can place the device in front of you and use it for video calls. You can be seen on the top part, on the bottom part you will find the different buttons.

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Screen: big and colorful or small and elegant

The P50 Pocket has two screens. The one on the outside is round and fits well with the circular shape of the camera island. A nice and elegant solution to quickly view the time, see incoming notifications, check calendar appointments or control your music. You can also use it as a viewfinder for the perfect selfie.

If you unfold the device, you work with a colorful 6.9-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2700 by 1228 pixels. That looks fine, can display more than a billion colors and the small camera hole in the middle of the screen is also not disturbing. You can play with the color mode and temperature, so you can set it exactly how you want it. The refresh rate of the screen can also be adjusted and is up to 120 times per second, making everything even smoother.

Under certain light or at an angle, the fold of the screen is certainly visible, but it is not disturbing. Even in daily use, it is not even noticeable that it is a device with a foldable display. If you swipe over it, you will feel the light dimple across the entire width of the screen, but we don’t find that irritating either.

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Previous Generation Hardware

We are spoiled and have therefore tested several devices with the brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. However, the Huawei P50 Pocket has to make do with the previous generation Snapdragon 888 chip. There is 8GB or 12GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB internal storage. So again we don’t see a processor from Huawei itself, just like with the Huawei P50 Pro.

So you get as standard more internal memory than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, but you pay a hefty additional cost. The Z Flip 3 has a suggested retail price of 1099 euros for the 256GB model, for the P50 Pocket Huawei asks 1299 euros with the same amount of storage. That model is also not for sale here, so you can only choose the 512GB model for 1599 euros.

As with the P50 Pro, there is no 5G modem, so that the device can handle the 4G network, the associated stability and speeds of that version of mobile internet to the maximum. Although 5G is not yet fully usable here, with the P50 Pocket you are not completely ready for the future.

Software has known pitfalls

In our past reviews of Huawei smartphones, we always mentioned it: software. That is the biggest drawback of devices from the Chinese manufacturer and also applies to the P50 Pocket. You cannot fully use the device as you are used to with your current device.

For example, you cannot get started with Google apps and services, well-known apps cannot all be downloaded from the Huawei AppGallery and you have to look for alternatives. Sometimes there are none or there is only a moderately working Huawei alternative. All this has to do with the still applicable trade ban.

Cameras for every situation

The P50 Pocket has four cameras, including the selfie camera in the screen. So you will find three sensors in the camera module. They have resolutions of 40, 13 and 32 megapixels respectively. It concerns a normal camera, wide-angle lens and so-called ‘ultra spectrum’ camera. This means that colors are captured even better, as well as details, and you can also use them for close-up macro photos.

Huawei P50 Pocket

Photos taken with the main camera look fine, as we are used to from Huawei. Colors approach reality, the contrast level is fine and details are also clearly visible. Below is a gallery of some examples of daytime photos.

Below you’ll find two galleries of photos taken at a wider angle, in normal mode and at double zoom. The top row of photos was taken in the late afternoon, while the second series was shot at dusk.

Finally, three more photos that were taken in the dark. As can be seen, these contain fine visible details, good reflections in the water and fine colours.

If you want to take a selfie, you can of course use the camera in the screen. Still, we prefer the cameras on the outside. They have a better quality and you use the second screen on the outside as a viewfinder.

Battery logically not the best

The battery of the device consists of two cells and has a capacity of 4000 mAh. This makes it a lot smaller than many other high-end smartphones, which of course has to do with the shape. In practice, the battery life is not great.

All in all, the device had to be recharged after a screen time of about 5.5 hours with a lot of use of social media, calling and chatting. If you are an intensive user, then charging in the evening is really necessary. Charging is fast with the included 40 Watt charger. A full charge takes just under an hour, 30 minutes on the charger ensures that the battery is 70 percent full.

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Conclusion Huawei P50 Pocket review

This foldable approach is new to Huawei, but it is also the most elegant smartphone with this form factor on the market. You also walk around with a good set of cameras, which is not the case with the Z Flip 3. However, the P50 Pocket is not recommended. The battery life is limited, the hardware is from the previous generation and 5G is not present.

These are points that are still manageable for various users. However, the combination of the faulty software and high entry price is a combination that is incomprehensible. In our opinion, Huawei would really do well to offer their smartphones for sale through other channels as well. This way you can combine the device with a subscription in order to spread the costs.

Buy Huawei P50 Pocket

In the Netherlands, only the gold model is for sale, which has 512GB of internal memory on board. For this, Huawei asks 1599.99 euros and you can only buy it via the web store of the company itself. So if you want to combine the device with a subscription, you only have a choice of SIM only, because direct combinations are not possible.

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