Huawei doesn’t have to prove over and over again that it can make flagship phones that can compete with phones from any other company. Huawei has done this many times with its Mate and P series of phones, which have pushed the limits of design, features, and mobile photography year after year. The Huawei P50 Pro keeps going in the same direction. You’ve heard this before, but the problem is with the software.
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Since the US banned using Google services, Huawei has been working to build its platform based on Android to convince app developers to put their apps on its own App Gallery. Depending on where you live, Huawei has made good progress in this area. The App Gallery has many of your region’s most popular apps and services.
Huawei needs to win over the more prominent app developers. Great apps like Snapchat and TikTok are in the App Gallery, but apps like Instagram and WhatsApp are still not there. Putting aside the software, though, Huawei has made another great phone with the P50 Pro that can compete with flagships from any major company.
Huawei P50 Pro pricing and release date
Last year, the Huawei P50 was announced for China. It is now being released in other countries. You can now buy the phone in the UK, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, among other places. Please don’t wait to be able to purchase it in the US or Australia, where Huawei usually doesn’t sell its phones.
The Huawei P50 Pro only comes in one configuration in the UK and UAE, with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for £1,099.99/AED3,999. At least in terms of storage space, the Huawei P50 Pro is a better deal than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Design and display
The HUAWEI P50 Pro comes in two colors: Cocoa Gold and Golden Black. It has a 6.6-inch screen and weighs 195g. Even though it takes up a lot of space on your palm, it is straightforward to hold. The OLED screen on the P50 Pro is curved and has a refresh rate of 120Hz, a sampling rate of 300Hz, and a resolution of 1228 x 2700 pixels.
With a dynamic refresh rate, the smartphone can change from 120Hz to 60Hz, depending on what the user is doing. This protects battery life in the long run. The contrast and dark modes on the screen make it look great. It is also shiny enough, and I had no trouble reading it in direct sunlight.
Specifications and performance
The Huawei P50 Pro is controlled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, which was used in most of last year’s top-of-the-line phones. However, it only has LTE/4G connectivity and not Wi-Fi.
The chipset is matched with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage on our review model, which should be enough for most people. Other markets offer 128GB and 512GB versions, with the 512GB version also having 12GB more RAM.
You can also add more storage with a Nano Memory (NM) card from Huawei. Even though this format isn’t as popular as microSD cards, NM cards are the same size and shape as a Nano SIM card. This makes it easy for Huawei phones to use a secondary SIM card or a Nano Memory card in the SIM tray.
Like all other top-of-the-line phones, the Huawei P50 Pro was very smooth and quick to use daily. Geekbench 5 gave the phone a score of 3018, which is about the same as what other Snapdragon 888-based phones have gotten.
As for why there isn’t 5G, it’s because Huawei is limited in what it can do. You’ll have to decide how vital 5G is to you. We tested the Huawei P50 Pro’s speed over 4G and got a download speed of 292 Mbps.
For comparability, the iPhone 13 Pro Max in 5G mode handled a download speed of 586Mbps. So, the iPhone has double the rate and will download things faster, but to put things in perspective, to stream a 4K video, you only need 25Mbps.
Huawei has also improved at making connecting devices in its ecosystem easy. For example, suppose you have a Huawei laptop, tablet, or MateView monitor. In that case, these devices can easily connect with your Huawei phone and each other and share data without any problems.
The P series of smartphones from HUAWEI are known for their excellent cameras. With its four cameras on the back, the P50 Pro is no different. The dual-matrix camera system on the HUAWEI P50 Pro takes clear pictures. The P50 Pro also comes with XD Optics, HUAWEI’s newest image processing engine.
It is mainly made up of the company’s techniques for computational photography. The XD Optics let people take pictures and show fine details, and the true-chroma image engine gives the most accurate colors possible.
The phone has a 50-megapixel (MP) primary wide-angle camera, a 40-megapixel (MP) monochrome wide-angle camera, and a 13-megapixel (MP) ultra-wide-angle camera. These are built into the round camera module at the top. Also, this smartphone camera is fun to play with because it has a 100-degree ultra-wide-angle front camera, a 64MP periscope telephoto camera, and a zoom that goes up to 100x.
Because it doesn’t have to deal with color, a monochrome camera might be able to see more information. In portrait mode, the monochrome camera also assists figure out how far away something is. In bright sunlight, pictures taken with an ultra-wide-angle or wide-angle camera are bright, clear, and full of details.
The telephoto camera gave me great results even when I used the digital 10x zoom. The dark mode on the P50 Pro does a great job of showing low-light scenes without revealing where the light is coming from. At a glance, you can inform the difference between the standard and night images.
The phone can record 4K video with a full range of focal lengths. The brand-new AIS Pro image stabilization solution makes it easy to take steady videos while holding the camera by hand. AI cinemograph is excellent for creative shots that show small movements.
Connectivity and the battery life
The P50 Pro has a USB-Type C port, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and Bluetooth 5.2. This smartphone doesn’t have a 5G connection, but this is because of trade issues and shortages of semiconductors worldwide. The phone also doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack.
The P50 Pro comes with a 4,360mAh battery, which is still a good amount for a flagship phone today. The battery will last a full day with light to moderate use and power-saving features like dynamic refresh rate and dark mode.
With the 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge charger and cable, the P50 Pro can quickly be charged by wire. It also has 50W fast wireless charging, but you must buy the wireless charger separately.