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For the time being intended for the Chinese market, the P50s are expected to succeed a successful P40 series, but to which the absence of Google services has been detrimental. The newcomers, mentioned since June by Huawei, no longer rely on an Android supplemented by Huawei Mobile Services, but on its in-house operating system, HarmonyOS 2.0. It is also the OS that these smartphones should carry on the occasion of their European release, if however Huawei chooses to launch them internationally, which is not yet guaranteed.
The characteristics of the P50 range, now made public, confirm several elements that have already been the subject of leaks. Thus, there is nowhere mention of a compatibility of the P50 and P50 Pro with 5G, regardless of the SoC chosen. Because if the first is based only on the Snapdragon 888, the second is available in a version based on the Qualcomm chip, another being equipped with the Kirin 9000 chipset. However, all are stamped 4G. The P50 is entitled to 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage, while the P50 Pro benefits from 8 to 12 GB of RAM and an internal memory of 128 to 512 GB.
These two large smartphones are IP68 certified and feature almost similar, Full HD + (2700 x 1228 px) Oled screens of 6.5 inches for the P50 and 6.6 inches for the P50 Pro. Only the P50 Pro has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the P50 is content with 90 Hz. The first also houses a 4100 mAh battery, while the second houses a 4360 mAh accumulator supported by a charging system 66 W fast. Only the Pro model is compatible with 50 W wireless fast charging.
A new photo formula
Huawei unveiled the appearance of the photo block of its P50s last month, giving hope for something new in terms of capturing images. To seduce, the Chinese relies on a quadruple back module integrated into the P50 Pro. It includes a 50 megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens opening at f / 1.8 and stabilized, a second monochrome sensor of 40 Mpx (optical f / 1.6), but also a 13 Mpx sensor with an ultra large -angle (f / 2.2), and finally a 64 Mpx sensor with a 3.5x optical zoom (OIS and f / 3.5 aperture). Huawei mentions digital zoom up to 100x. As for the P50, Huawei promises a 50x digital zoom complementing a 4x optical magnification, produced by an optical equivalent to 125 mm and associated with a 12 Mpx sensor. The P50’s back-mounted camera also includes the same main and ultra-wide-angle modules as the P50, but not the camera’s monochrome module.
When will we return to the forefront of the international scene?
Smartphones are undoubtedly arousing interest with their photo equipment and, of course, their HarmonyOS 2 operating system, Huawei’s bet to find color on the international scene. For now, however, the marketing of the P50 and P50 Pro is only announced in China from September, at a starting price of around € 485 (current exchange rate) for the P50 and € 780 for the P50 Pro. The CEO of the brand Richard Yu, host of the conference, was careful not to mention an international release of these devices.