Huawei’s new P50 series comes with Snapdragon 888 4G chipset and impressive cameras

Huawei’s new P50 series comes with Snapdragon 888 4G chipset and impressive cameras

In a launch event in China today, Huawei pulled the curtains off the Huawei P50 series, the company’s newest flagship lineup. It succeeds the Huawei P40 series from last year and offers several exciting upgrades, including an intriguing design, improved performance, and upgraded camera hardware. Huawei’s P series is known for bringing cutting-edge camera innovations, and the new Huawei P50 and Huawei P50 Pro are no exceptions. Here’s everything you need to know about the new phones.

Huawei P50 series: Specifications

SpecificationsHuawei P50Huawei P50 Pro
Dimensions and Weight
  • 156.5mm x 73.8mm x 7.92mm
  • 181g
  • 158.8 x 72.8 x 8.5 mm
  • 195g
Display
  • 6.5-inch OLED FHD+
  • 2700 x 1224 resolution
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 300Hz touch sampling rate
  • 1440Hz high frame rate PWM dimming
  • 6.6-inch OLED FHD+
  • 1228 x 2700 resolution
  • 120Hz screen refresh rate
  • 300Hz touch sampling rate
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
    • Adreno 660
 

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
    • Adreno 660
  • Kirin 9000
    • 1x ARM Cortex-A77 @ 3.13GHz
    • 3x ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.54GHz
    • 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 2.05GHz
    • Mali-G78 MP24 GPU
RAM and Storage
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB/256GB storage
  • 8GB RAM + 128/256/512GB storage
  • 12GB RAM + 512GB storage
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 50MP f/1.8, OIS, PDAF
  • Secondary: 13MP f/2.2, ultra-wide
  • Tertiary: 12MP f/3.4 telephoto, OIS
  • Quaternary: 2MP depth
  • Primary: 50MP f/1.8, OIS, PDAF
  • Secondary: 64MP f/3.5 periscope,
    • OIS
    • 3.5x optical zoom
    • 100x digital zoom
  • Tertiary: 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
  • Quaternary: 40MP f/1.6 Monochrome camera
Front Camera
  • 13MP f/2.4
  • 13MP f/2.4
Battery
  • 4,100mAh battery
  • 66W fast wired charging
  • 4,360mAh
  • 66W fast wired charging
  • 50W fast wireless charging
Connectivity 
  • 4G LTE
  • NFC
  • Wi-FI 6
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • USB Type C
  • 4G LTE
  • NFC
  • Wi-FI 6
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • USB Type C
Other features
  • Stereo speakers
  • IP68 rating
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Stereo speakers
  • IP68 rating
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
Software
  • HarmonyOS 2 (based on Android)
  • Huawei Mobile Services (HMS)
  • HarmonyOS based on Android 11
  • Huawei Mobile Services (HMS)

The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro share a very similar design. On the back, both phones have a giant camera housing with lenses arranged into two large circular cutouts. Huawei has done away with the dual-hole punch design of the P40 series. Instead, the new series opts for a single-hole punch cutout for the selfie camera.

The Huawei P50 Pro features a 6.6-inch curved OLED display with a 120Hz display refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate. Meanwhile, the regular model has a 6.5-inch OLED 90Hz panel. The Huawei P50 Pro comes in two variants: one with Kirin 9000 SoC while the other has a Snapdragon 888 chipset. Meanwhile, the regular P50 opts for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G chipset. The SoCs are paired with 8GB/12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB of flash storage.

The Huawei P50 Pro has a quad-camera setup on the back with Leica branding. Huawei says the cameras are equipped with the company’s new Dual Matrix camera system, which combines a 10-channel multi-spectrum sensor, Huawei XD Optics, and XD Fusion Pro image engine for improved image clarity and high dynamic range. The primary shooter is a 50MP sensor with OIS, and it’s accompanied by a 64MP periscope camera which offers 3.5x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom, a 13MP ultra-wide cam, and a 40MP monochrome sensor.

A closeup of Huawei P50's camear setup

The Huawei P50, on the other hand, has a triple camera array, consisting of a 50MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide shooter (which also doubles as a macro lens), and a 12MP telephoto lens.

Both phones also differ in the battery department. On the Huawei P50 Pro, you get a 4,360mAh battery, while the regular P50 gets a slightly smaller 4,100mAh battery. Both phones support 66W wired fast charging, but only the Pro model features wireless charging support. Rounding off the spec sheet for the Huawei P50 series is an in-display fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.2, IP68 dust and water protection, a USB Type-C port, and stereo speakers.

On the software front, the Huawei P50 series runs the company’s HarmonyOS 2 (based on Android) with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). Due to Android license revocation following the US trade ban, Huawei still can’t bundle Google Play Store on its devices. The phones come with Huawei’s AppGallery instead.

Pricing & Availability

The Huawei P50 Pro comes in five colorways, while the non-Pro variant will come in three options. The lineup will go on sale in China at the following prices:

  • Huawei P50:
    • 8GB + 128GB: CNY 4488
    • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 4988
  • Huawei P50 Pro:
    • Kirin 9000 model:
      • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 6488
      • 8GB + 512GB: CNY 7488
      • 12GB + 512GB: CNY 7988
    • Snapdragon 888 model:
      • 8GB + 128GB: CNY 5988
      • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 6488
      • 8GB + 512GB: CNY 7488
  • Huawei P50 Pro Special Edition (Kirin 9000)
    • 12GB + 512GB: CNY 8488

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