Huawei P50 Pro hands-on review


The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro were released in July 2021, but they were only available in China. While the Huawei P50 isn't expected to be released everywhere, the P50 Pro is currently available in a number of locations alongside the foldable P50 Pocket.

The P50 Pro and P50 Pocket are now available in a number of European, South American, African, and Middle Eastern nations. And now the Huawei P50 Pro has arrived for testing, along with the latest Leica-powered camera. But, before we get into the meat of the review, we wanted to offer you a sneak peek at what's in store.

As a result, the Huawei P50 Pro incorporates Huawei's most recent flagship improvements, as well as the newest Leica camera, all of which are housed in a new luxurious-looking waterproofed chassis. Because the beleaguered manufacturer is still at odds with the United States and is suffering the ramifications of the US tech embargo, don't expect Google's Services to surface anytime soon, if at all.

The Huawei P50 Pro features a top-of-the-line 6.6" OLED display with a high resolution (1228p), 10-bit colors, HDR10+ support, and a fast 120Hz refresh rate. It may appear to be a curved panel, but that is more of a trick of the curved glass above the screen.

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, however, it lacks a 5G modem (because of the ban on utilizing any 5G technology) and can only connect to 4G networks. The P50 Pro with Kirin 9000 chipset may be available in some areas (such as China), however, it will not support 5G.

The Huawei P50 Pro's most intriguing feature is the quad-camera Leica arrangement on the back, which is separated into two distinct black circles. A 50MP primary with OIS, a 40MP monochrome, and a 13MP ultrawide-angle camera is included in this version of the high-end imaging package. The B&W snapper is on the rise again!

The Huawei P50 Pro's telephoto camera has a 64MP imager with a standard RGB filter and a periscope 90mm f/3.5 lens with OIS for a 3.5x optical zoom over the primary camera. This camera's native 64MP resolution allows for up to 10x lossless zoom (by cropping).

The selfie camera is also intriguing. It's a 13-megapixel camera with an 18-mm f/2.4 wide-angle lens for great group pictures. Two more (crop) modes are available in the camera app, corresponding to FoVs of 21mm (0.8x) and 27mm (1x). Finally, autofocus is accessible!

The rest is relatively standard for a recent flagship phone: dedicated stereo speakers, under-display fingerprint reader, a slew of connectivity choices, plenty of RAM and storage, and even hybrid dual-SIM with possible NM expansion.

The international Huawei P50 Pro runs EMUI 12, while the Chinese version runs Harmony OS 2.0. Apart from the name and languages, we're not sure if there's any real difference, but we can confirm that the heart of the EMUI is Android 11.

Huawei P50 Pro Specifications

  • Body: 158.8x72.8x8.5mm, 195g; glass front, glass back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min).
  • Display: 6.60" OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 1228x2700px resolution, 19.79:9 aspect ratio, 450ppi.
  • Chipset: Kirin 9000 (5 nm), Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 4G (5 nm): Octa-core (1x3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3x2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4x2.05 GHz Cortex-A55), Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Mali-G78 MP24, Adreno 660.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS/Software: HarmonyOS 2.0 (China), EMUI 12 (Europe), no Google Play Services.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, AF; Telephoto: 64 MP, f/3.5, 90mm, PDAF, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom; Monochrome: 40 MP, f/1.6, 23mm (B/W).
  • Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.4, (wide), AF.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@960fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps.
  • Battery: 4360mAh; Fast charging 66W, Fast wireless charging 50W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Infrared port.
The Huawei P50 Pro appears to have gotten everything right, with the Google suite of apps and services being the lone omission. But if you can't have something, you can't have it, so don't think about it any longer than necessary.
Huawei P50 Pro hands-on review Huawei P50 Pro hands-on review Reviewed by Review Point on January 31, 2022 Rating: 5

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