Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket, marvels of technology

Just after CES and before Samsung, Huawei is unveiling its two new flagship smartphones for 2022 with the P50 Pro and the P50 Pocket, a more than desirable folding smartphone.

Usually, you have to wait until spring to discover the new Huawei P-series smartphones. For those who haven’t followed everything, the P range describes smartphones specialized in photography. Also, it is at the end of January that Huawei has just formalized its new P50 Pro accompanied by P50 Pocket.

Normally, we would have had the P50 and the P50 Pro but this year, it is the P50 Pocket that accompanies the P50 Pro and it is far from trivial. Quite simply because the P50 Pocket is not just a P50 Pro with downgraded technical characteristics. The P50 Pocket is a folding smartphone that sits directly opposite the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 or the Motorola RAZR.

In previous years, only the Pro version, or even Pro+, interested us, but this year, the two smartphones clearly interest us. In any case, Huawei has managed to play the originality card with its new Dual Matrix photo unit made up of two huge circles on the back with no less than 4 cameras on the P50 Pro and 3 on the P50 Pocket. The second circle of the latter has been replaced by a circular screen, very practical as we will see.

Since the Mate30 series, Huawei smartphones do without Google Mobile Services. We are thus rediscovering Huawei Mobile Services and the entire ecosystem of the Chinese manufacturer, which are constantly evolving, even if the work to convince the European consumer remains enormous.

No, still no Google Mobile Services

Before going into the technical details of these new P50 Pro and P50 Pocket, several things should be clarified. Indeed, this is no longer a novelty, the P50s do not have Google certification. Also, this simply results in the fact that GMS or Google Mobile Services are not available on the P50. We are talking about typical Google applications like Gmail, Youtube, etc. As a result, it will be necessary to use the services of Huawei, HMS or Huawei Mobile Services which will make sure to offer you compatible Android applications.

As was the case with the P40 and Mate40, it must be understood that the P50 are and will remain Android smartphones, on which you can install any application in *.apk format (a bit like the *.exe under Windows) in addition to the applications accessible on the Huawei store, AppGallery, or alternative stores. Even if there remains a part of hack, Huawei is structured and offers a smoother experience, especially since the arrival of Petal Search and Petal Maps.

Everything will therefore depend on the ability of the end user to do without applications that mainly use Google Mobile Services. We were able to do without it during the test of these P50s but this is not necessarily the case for everyone.

The P50 Pro, everything for the photo

We start with the P50 Pro and apart from this new Dual Matrix photo block made up of two black circles in the back, the smartphone is in itself quite classic with a curved screen and an equally curved back. While we were still used to having a Kirin SoC, this is no longer the case this year because (or thanks) of the ban from the United States. Also, there is an excellent SoC Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm but in 4G version only.

It will be understood, it is the photo block that will attract all eyes and this year, the P50 Pro is no exception to the rule by offering technological innovations that will make its competitors jealous. We start with the Huawei XD optics which will physically deal with the optical aberrations of the lens. Next is the new Huawei XD Fusion Pro processing engine which enables 20% better color accuracy than last year’s engine and captures the ambient spectrum with 50% more efficiency.

But that’s not all since Huawei inaugurates the True-Chroma sensors which translate into sensors capable of capturing up to 103% more light compared to last year’s sensors but also 10% more detail. . Everything is accompanied by a photo block that allows a range of focal lengths from 13mm to 2700mm.

Huawei P50 Pro
Screen– Curved OLED of 6.6 pouces
– Definition 1228×2700 (450dpi)
– Format 20:9
– 120Hz
– 300Hz touch sampling rate
– HDR10+
– Gorilla Glass Victus
– DCI-P3
– Punch
Design– Aluminum frame
– Glass back
– Shiny finish
– IP68
SoC et GPU– SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
– GPU Adreno 660
Memory– 8 Go of RAM
– 256GB of storage
– NM-Card memory port up to 1TB
Colors– Golden Black
– Cocoa Gold
Camera– Four cameras, the main one with a 50 Megapixel True-Chroma color sensor, a 40 Megapixel True-Camera mono sensor, the ultra wide angle with a 13 Megapixel sensor, the telephoto with a 64 Megapixel color sensor
– 23mm wide-angle main lens with an aperture of F/1.8
– 26mm wide-angle mono lens with an aperture of F/1.6
– 13mm ultra wide angle lens with an aperture of F/2.2
– Telephoto with an optical zoom of 3.5x (90mm) and an aperture of F/3.5

– Huawei AIS + OIS stabilization on main camera and telephoto
– Multi Spectrum sensor
– Leica processing
– Zoom: 3.5x optical and 10x hybrid

– AF Laser
– Flash LED Dual-Tone
– Scene Recognition via Artificial Intelligence
– 3rd Generation AI Image Engine
– Super Night Mode
– Huawei XD Fusion Pro Engine
– Mode Super Resolution
– AI Best Moment
– Video recording up to 1080p/960 and 4K(2160p)/60

– Front MP sensor of 13 MP
– 100° wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture
– Autofocus from 14cm
– Auto HDR
– Front-end video capture in UltraHD at 60fps

Audio– Stereo speaker
– No 3.5mm jack
Drums– 4360mAh battery
– Huawei SuperCharge 66W
– 50W Wireless Charging
– Reverse Charging (Wireless and Wired)
Connectivity– Optical fingerprint reader under the screen
– Bluetooth 5.2
– WiFi 6 Plus
– USB-C USB 3.1
– 2x nano-SIM + 1x eSIM
– 4G LTE
Software– Android
–EMUI 12
– HMS 5.0
Height and weight– 158,8 x 72,8 x 8,5 mm
– 195g
Price1199 €
availability date January 26, 2022

The P50 Pocket, the one that folds

While we were expecting a P50, a kind of P50 Pro but with lighter features, Huawei is offering a brand new smartphone in the range this year and not the least since it is the P50 Pocket, a folding smartphone like a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

And the first thing we discover with the visuals is that the Chinese manufacturer is clearly targeting a more refined than tech-savvy audience. Also, if we find a glass back on the white version and a shiny metal back on the Premium version, we discover reliefs and textures all over the smartphone, which drastically changes from what we are used to. see. Note that the Premium version was designed by Iris Van Herpen.

As you will have noticed, the Huawei P50 Pocket is presented as a smartphone that folds and not a tablet that folds, which explains the name of the smartphone. In any case, if we find the design of the double circle as on the P50 Pro, the second circle incorporates a small circular screen which will allow you to take a picture or quickly access some functions such as music or the weather.

As was already the case with the Oppo Find N, Huawei offers a screen that is not as bent as Samsung offers. The fold is less and when you fold the smartphone, it rolls up in a way, which allows Huawei not to offer any unsightly space once the smartphone is folded, but above all, you hardly see the fold. Unlike the Oppo smartphone, we feel the fold all the same. When folded, the smartphone is perfectly symmetrical.

On the photo side, we stay on a smartphone from the P range. Also, we find what we saw on the P50 Pro but without the telephoto. The main sensor has also been changed but it remains one of the Chinese manufacturer’s new True-Chroma sensors, the main difference being the resolution of only 40 Megapixels against 50 Megapixels for the P50 Pro. Similarly, while the P50 Pro offers a Multi-Spectrum sensor in addition to the 4 cameras, the P50 Pocket offers a third camera with an Ultra Spectrum sensor to also retrieve additional light spectrum information.

Huawei P50 Pocket
Screen– Ecran pliable Ultra Thin Glass
– OLED at 6.9 points
– 1188×2790 resolution
– Format 21:9
– 120 Hz
– 300Hz touch sampling rate
– HDR10+
– DCI-P3
– Punch

– External OLED
– 1.04 inch diagonal
– Definition of 340×340
– Always On Display

Design– Aluminum frame
– Glass back for the white version
– Metal back for the Premium Gold version
SoC et GPU– SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
– GPU Adreno 660
Memory– 8Go or 12Go of RAM
– 256GB or 512GB of internal memory
Colors– White
– Premium Gold
Camera– Three cameras, the main one with a 40 Megapixel True-Chroma color sensor, the ultra wide angle with a 13 Megapixel sensor, the 3rd with a 32 Megapixel Ultra Spectrum sensor
– 23mm wide-angle main lens with an aperture of F/1.8
– 120° ultra wide angle lens with an aperture of F/2.2
– 3rd wide-angle lens with an aperture of F/1.8

-Huawei AIS stabilization
– AF Laser
– Flash LED Dual-Tone
– Scene Recognition via Artificial Intelligence
– 3rd Generation AI Image Engine
– Super Night Mode
– Huawei XD Fusion Pro Engine
– AI Best Moment
– Video recording up to 1080p/960 and 4K(2160p)/60

– Front cover of 10.7 MP
– Wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture
– Auto HDR
– Front-end video capture in UltraHD at 60fps

Audio– Stereo speaker
– No 3.5mm jack
Drums– 4000 mAh
– 40W Wired Fast Charge
– Port USB-C
Connectivity– USB-C USB 2.0
– Fingerprint reader on the side
– Bluetooth 5.2
– NFC
– GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS
– WiFi 6
―― 2x nano-SIM
– 4G LTE
– Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pedometer
Software– Android
–EMUI 12
– HMS 5.0
Height and weight– Open dimensions: 170 x 75.5 x 7.2 mm
– Dimensions closed: 87.3 x 75.5 x 15.2 mm
– Weight: 190g
Price– €1,299 in the white version for availability on 03/01/2022
– 1 599€ en version Premium Gold
availability dateJanuary 26, 2022

Prices and Availability

While the Chinese manufacturer continues its substantive work to convince Europeans to use one of their smartphones without Google services, Huawei also continues as if nothing had happened when it comes to its pricing policy. Also the Huawei P50 Pro is offered at 1199 euros from today from 2 p.m. while the Huawei P50 Pocket in its Premium version will be offered at a price of 1599 euros, also from 2 p.m. today. And finally, the Huawei P50 Pocket in white version will be priced at 1299 euros from March 1, 2022.


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