Huawei P50 Pro coming to the Middle East

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.

P50 Pro
Dimensions and weight158.8 x 72.8 x 8.5 mm; 195g
ChipsetQualcomm SnapDragon 888 4G (Octa-core CPU with Adreno 660 GPU)
Display6.6-inch OLED (2700x1288 px @ 450 ppi); up to 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate
Rear Camera50MP 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)

supports 1080p@960fps
Front Camera13MP Wide Angle (f/2.4 with AF)

supports 1080p@240fps
Battery and charging4,360mAh; SuperCharge (max 66W) and Wireless SuperCharge (max 50W)
Memory8 GB
Storage256 GB (expandable with up-to 256GB nano SD cards)
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); NFC; Bluetooth 5.2; USB3.1 Gen1
ColoursBlack, Gold
Additional notesIP68-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:

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.

Author: Yasser Masood

Think of me as a grassroots community evangelist. Juggling social media while covering technology/digital trends across the Middle East and crossroads of society and culture, while unearthing other perspectives that pique my interests.

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