Huawei P50 and P50 Pro revealed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 4G only supported network and upgraded cameras. After months of waiting, the Huawei P50 series are finally here. Without wasting more time, let’s dive in to see what Hauwei P50 and P50 Pro bring to the smartphone world.
First of all, there won’t be a “Pro+ model” or an “Ultra model” this year from the Huawei P 50 series. You only have the vanilla or a Pro phone model to choose from.
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Huawei P50 and P50 Pro
Both smartphones are locked on to 4G only service this year. Be it the Kirin 9000 chipset or Snapdragon 888 chipset. 5G is out of the option on both devices.
Huawei P50 Pro has quad rear camera setup. 50MP main snapper with optical image stabilization, laser Autofocus and PDAF availability. Assisted with a 64MP periscope lens that is capable of 3.5x optical zoom with OIS. The third lens is 13MP for an ultrawide and finally a 40MP lens for black and white. Upfront there is a 13MP for selfie.
On the other hand, the vanilla edition has triple camera setup that are quite impressive as well. Huawei P50 has a 50MP main sensor with features such as optical image stabilization, laser Autofocus and PDAF available.
Supporting the primary shooter is a 12MP periscope lens capable of 5x optical zoom with OIS. And lastly, a 13MP ultrawide camera. Upfront is a 13MP selfie camera.
Both phones top out at max, 4K video capture, there’s no 8K option this year. For slow-motion clips, they can do 1080p @ 960 fps.
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The display of both smartphones are almost same size, however, the Huawei P50 Pro features a curved 6.6” OLED display with 1,225 x 2,700 px resolution (450ppi). It supports HDR with 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate.
Huawei P50 on the other hand gets a flat 6.5” OLED touchscreen with same resolution. Its refresh rate is only 90Hz, but the touch sampling rate remains at 300Hz. This one supports HDR as well.
However, there are key differences between these two smartphones. For example, Huawei P50 Pro has chipset option, Kirin 9000 or Snapdragon 888. Paired with 8GB or 12GB RAM + 128/256/512GB storage variants. Which is unlike the vanilla P50 with only 8GB RAM variant and Snapdragon 888 chipset option.
Battery wise, the difference is minimal – 4,360mAh for the Pro and 4,100mAh for the vanilla. And both support 66W fast charge and 50W wirelessly.
Sadly, the smartphones are not eligible to use GMS due to US ban. Thus both models run Huawei’s HarmonyOS 2.0 out of the box.
Huawei P50 Pro price starts at $930 (~£799) for the 8/128GB model. The highest variant of 12/512GB is priced $1,240 (~£999). Huawei P50 series will only be available in China for now. Pending the global launch later in the year.