Huawei unveils new P50 Android rival, but there’s bad news for millions of fans

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Huawei P50 release has been announced (Image: HUAWEI)

One of the biggest new phone announcements of 2021 so far has just landed: Huawei dropped all the details of its flagship P50 and P50 Pro phones this week in a glitzy event. The range has been eagerly anticipated as it is the first to use Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system. The Chinese manufacturer developed Android’s rival after being hit by US sanctions two years ago, forcing it to think outside the box to avoid using Google products – and causing its UK sales figures to fall off a cliff. .

That annoying setback hasn’t stopped Huawei from packing its new phones full of high-end specs, though.

As you would expect from the company, cameras take center stage. CEO Richard Yu called the P50 a “paradigm shift in mobile photography”, adding that the P Series “will always revolve around our passion for and pursuit of the best quality, aesthetics and photography experiences”.

Both phone models have two huge disks on the back, each packed with lenses and a flash. In total, the P50 Pro has four rear cameras: a 50MP primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide angle lens, 64MP telephoto with 3.5x optical zoom, and a 40MP monochrome lens. The P50 has the same, except that the monochrome camera is missing and the telephoto lens is only 12 MP. Whichever model you choose, you get a 13MP front camera – more than enough for all your selfie needs.

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Huawei P50 has a new camera system (Image: HUAWEI)

Huawei P50

The new Huawei P50 does not have 5G (Image: HUAWEI)

The company says the cameras feature True-Chroma Shot, perfect image clarity, high dynamic range and enhanced smart snapshot capabilities. For the first time, it will be able to fix optical errors and reproduce fine details using computing power in the cameras themselves. It also offers time-lapse photos, super wide angle, portrait mode, panoramas, predictive focus and much more.

The launch also confirmed other rumors, including the shocking news that the P50 will not support 5G, unlike virtually all other high-end new smartphones.

The P50 model comes with a 6.5-inch 90Hz 1224p OLED display. The battery is more powerful than the iPhone 12, with 4,100 mAh and can be quickly charged up to 66 W. It has 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage. The price tag? 4,488 yuan, or about £497.

The P50 Pro is similar, with a slightly larger 6.6-inch display at 120Hz, 1228p OLED. The battery is slightly more powerful and comes with wireless charging at 50W. There is also an additional camera and up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. For all that you pay 5,988 yuan (about £663.90).

Both phones are certified to IP68 for dust and water resistance and are equipped with a Snapdragon 888 processor.

If appearance is more your thing than functions, you also have at Huawei. It announced four stylish new colorways: Cocoa Gold, Charm Pink, Golden Black and Pearl White. The P50 Pro also has a Dynamic Sky Blue option. The company says the phones will be lightweight and slim, weighing in at around 181 grams.

The phones will go on sale in China in September, but there’s no hint of a global release right now. It’s unclear when or if the P50 range will launch in the UK or other territories, but looking at how bad Huawei sales have been outside of its home country, we may never see the P50 in stores.

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