Huawei may no longer be the market leader in smartphones, but the Chinese telecom giant isn’t completely out of the game. At a launch event in China today, Huawei announced the Huawei P50 Pocket, a beautiful clamshell folding phone that competes with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
|Specification||Huawei P50 Pocket|
|Dimensions and Weight||190g7.2mm|
|Display||Main display: 6.9-inch FHD+ OLED120Hz refresh rate|
Cover display:1.04-inch OLED display 340 x 340 pixels
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G:1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHzAdreno 660|
|RAM and Storage||8GB/12GB RAM128GB/512GB flash storage|
|Battery & Charging||4,000 mAh battery40W fast charger (inside the box)|
|Rear Camera||Primary: 40MP Quad Pixel f/1.79|
Secondary: 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 120-degree
Tertiary: 32MP f/1.8 super spectrum sensor
|Front Camera||10.7MP camera|
|Ports||USB Type-C port|
|Connectivity||4G LTENFCBluetooth 5.2Type-C portWiFi 6|
|Other features||Side-mounted fingerprint reader|
Face UnlockDual SIMNM card support
|Software||Harmony OS 2 (based on Android)|
The Huawei P50 Pocket is the company’s first clamshell-style folding smartphone. The Huawei P50’s dual-ring design is carried over here, with the first ring housing the cover display and the second ring containing the camera sensors. The main display is a 6.9-inch FHD+ OLED panel with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of up to 300Hz.
When compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the display features an anti-reflective layer on top that, according to Apple, reduces glare and reflection by up to 56 percent. The P50 Pocket, like the Moto Razr and Galaxy Flip 3, includes a cover display that reveals critical information at a glance. Widgets, weather information, audio controls, a calendar, QR codes, navigational information, and more may all be displayed on the 1.04-inch display.
The Huawei P50 Pocket, unlike the Galaxy Z Flip 3, does not have a minor gap when folded. Huawei claims to be using a new patented multi-dimensional hinge that is more durable and reliable than competitors’.
The phone comes with Huawei’s new Dual Matrix camera system, which combines a 10-channel multi-spectrum sensor, Huawei XD Optics, and the XD Fusion Pro image engine for increased image clarity and great dynamic range, similar to the Huawei P50 Pro. A 40MP main camera, a 13MP ultrawide camera, and a 32MP “super spectrum sensor” make up the triple back camera arrangement (likely to be a monochrome sensor).
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G chipset is combined with 8GB/12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB of storage on the Huawei P50 Pocket. It has a 4,000 mAh battery that supports 40W rapid charging.
Face Unlock is supported by both the main camera and the selfie camera, and the phone includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Huawei P50 Pocket runs on Harmony OS 2 with Huawei Mobile Services as its operating system (HMS). Due to the cancellation of its Android license as a result of the US trade restrictions, Huawei is unable to include the Google Play Store on its smartphones. Instead, Huawei’s AppGallery is included with the phones.
Price and Availability
In China, the Huawei P50 Pocket will be available for purchase starting today. The base model costs CNY 8988 ($1,411), while the special edition model costs CNY 10,988 ($1,725). Huawei hasn’t said when the phone will be available in other countries.