Looks like smartphone makers are now ramping up with releases and announcements of their new mobile devices. While it was first released in China near the end of 2021, the Huawei P50 Pro s now making its way to international markets.
Huawei P50 Pro is reborn
Huawei definitely had a challenge to create a new phone, especially with the ongoing tech sanctions against it barring purchase of certain tech equipment.
The major difference inside the international models is the chipset powering it. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G SoC powers the models being sold outside of China. However, the Huawei P50 Pro doesn’t support 5G.
The back side gives you a clear view of their new Dual-Matrix Camera system with the standard camera bump. One group covers the Ultra-Wide, Wide and Telephote lenses; the other one is dedicated to the the periscope lens that helps with a 100x zoom range. A new set of image sensors help to capture more detail and colour, paired with their proprietary XD Optics and XD Fusion Pro image engine.
The software bringing it all together is EMUI 12, based on the open-source Android version. You won’t have access to Google Play Store and its related services. That won’t stop you from sideloading apps, as long as you can download the APK installers.
Don’t dismiss the Huawei AppGallery, as it’s been growing with more apps and games. You’ve got to hand it to Huawei for working diligently to onboard more developers for releasing their apps on Huawei.
If you’re looking to peek inside this new flagship, look no further than the below table.
|Dimensions and weight||158.8 x 72.8 x 8.5 mm; 195g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SnapDragon 888 4G (Octa-core CPU with Adreno 660 GPU)|
|Display||6.6-inch OLED (2700x1288 px @ 450 ppi); up to 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate|
|Rear Camera||50MP True-Chroma camera (f/1.8 w/ OIS)
40MP True-Chroma Camera (mono, f/1.6)
13MP Ultra-Wide Camera (f/2.2)
64MP Telephoto camera (f/3.5 w/OIS and AF)
|Front Camera||13MP Wide Angle (f/2.4 with AF)
|Battery and charging||4,360mAh; SuperCharge (max 66W) and Wireless SuperCharge (max 50W)|
|Storage||256 GB (expandable with up-to 256GB nano SD cards)|
|Connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); NFC; Bluetooth 5.2; USB3.1 Gen1|
|Additional notes||IP68-certified for splash, water and dust resistance|
A big departure from the likes of Apple and Samsung is that the box will come with a power brick. Expect the usual transparent case, Type-C cable and other standard accessories.
Pre-order away with bonus gifts
Pre-orders for the Huawei P50 Pro have opened in the following markets:
- Qatar (QAR 3,999): Vodafone Qatar and Ooredoo Qatar
- UAE (AED 3,999; 5% VAT included): Etisalat
- Saudi Arabia (SAR 4,299): Mobily and Zain
- Oman (OMR 429): Omantel
Every pre-order is accompanied with gifts that include a Watch GT2 Pro and a Huawei Petal One subscription (Cloud, Video and Music). Those who live in the UAE can try their luck to win one with their latest competition.
Pre-ordered phones will be shipped and begin selling at retail outlets from February 3.