Best Smartphone Huawei P50 in 2022

Best Smartphone Huawei P50 in 2022

Best Smartphone Huawei P50 in 2022

The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro were both officially unveiled in July 2021, which was already late compared to when we expected, but as of October they still haven’t been put on sale for global buyers.

At the moment, you can only buy phones in China and Malaysia. But Huawei has now confirmed it’ll be bringing its smartphones to other countries, with some parts of Europe being next in line, but it remains unclear if and when key regions like the UK and Australia will get them.

It’s possible the ongoing global chipset shortage is to blame, and we’ve heard the Huawei Mate 50 series could be delayed or canceled as a result too.

The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro are the 2021 entries into the company’s long-running line of photography-focused smartphones, with top specs across the board but particularly in the camera department. You can find out everything there is to know about the devices below.

Latest news

Huawei has revealed European pricing for the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket, but there’s still no confirmation that these phones will come to the UK.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Huawei’s new line of top-end smartphones
  • When is it out? Out now in China, later elsewhere
  • How much will it cost? Mid-range pricing for the P50 and top-end for the Pro

Huawei P50 series release date and price

Huawei has now unveiled European pricing for the Huawei P50 Pro and the Huawei P50 Pocket (a foldable phone), with the P50 Pro starting at €1199 (around $1,350 / £1,000 / AU$1,890), while the P50 Pocket starts at €1299 (roughly $1,465 / £1,085 / AU$2,045).

There’s also a Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition (made in collaboration with haute couture designer Iris van Herpen), which costs €1599 (approximately $1,800 / £1,335 / AU$2,520).

Given that we have European pricing for these phones there’s a good chance that they will come to the UK, but that’s not yet been confirmed, which means a release date there also hasn’t. There’s also no word on an Australian release, and a US launch is unlikely.

There’s no mention of the standard Huawei P50 here either, which might mean that doesn’t get a wide launch.

Prior to the European prices being revealed though, the Huawei P50 and P50 Pro prices had also been confirmed for China, and in more detail than Europe, as there are a few different price points for different storage sizes. Firstly, let’s look at the standard Huawei P50 prices, as well as conversions in different regions (these won’t necessarily be the on-sale prices in those regions).

Huawei P50 price
RAM / Storage China price US conversion UK conversion AU conversion
8GB / 128GB CNY4,488 $700 £500 $940
8GB / 256GB CNY4,988 $770 £550 $1,040

So that’s a fairly typical mid-range price in most regions, though we don’t expect the conversions will prove fully accurate if or when the device lands in markets outside China.

Now on to the Huawei P50 Pro price.

Huawei P50 Pro price
RAM / Storage China price US conversion UK conversion AU conversion
8GB / 128GB CNY5,988 $930 £660 $1,250
8GB / 256GB CNY6,588 $1,020 £730 $1,380
8GB / 512GB CNY7,488 $1,160 £830 $1,570
12GB / 512GB CNY7,988 $1,240 £890 $1,670

Those conversions suggest some pretty high prices for the Huawei P50 Pro, especially the 12GB RAM version.

The Huawei P50 Pro release date was August 12, 2021 in China. We expected a global launch for both the Pro and the Pro Plus at some point in August or September, but it was instead delayed until early 2022.

Design and display

Huawei P50 launch

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The Huawei P50 has a flat-edge OLED screen that’s 6.5 inches diagonally, and broken up by a central cutout for the front camera on the top edge. The resolution is 1228 x 2700, while the refresh rate is 90Hz and the touch input is 300Hz.

The Huawei P50 Pro has mostly the same display specs, but it’s slightly bigger at 6.6 inches, and has a 120Hz refresh rate. Unlike the ‘vanilla’ phone, its screen curves at the edges.

The phones look pretty similar (other than the display) with the rear cameras housed in two large circles on the back. The devices have USB-C ports, but no 3.5mm headphone jacks.

Huawei made a point of stating that the devices are IP68 resistant against dust and water, and also that they’re both fairly lightweight, with the standard model weighing 181g and the Pro 195g – that’s a fair bit less than your average iPhone, for example.

Cameras and battery life

Huawei P50 launch

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Now onto the department Huawei phones are known for: their cameras. The standard P50 has three rear shooters, with a 50MP main, 12MP periscope zoom and 12MP ultra-wide snapper. That’s a fair complement of cameras, with the periscope module supporting 5x optical zoom.

The P50 Pro has 64MP telephoto , 50MP main, 40MP monochrome and 13MP ultra-wide cameras – that’s a series of very high-res snappers, with the periscope one apparently facilitating a head-scratching 200x digital zoom (as well as 3.5x optical).

The front-facing camera on both those phones is 13MP, so a little low-res compared to the other snappers, but more than you’ll need for selfies.

The Huawei P50 has a 4,100mAh battery, while if you opt for the Pro you’re getting a slightly bigger 4,360mAh power pack. Both of those figures seem quite modest for a flagship phone, so we hope there are some smart software optimizations to keep the devices ticking over for a decent length of time.

There’s 66W wired charging for both handsets, which is pretty fast for a smartphone, though about the same as for other flagships on the market. The Pro also has 50W wireless charging.

Performance and software

Huawei P50 launch

(Image credit: Huawei)

All new Huawei P50 phones run HarmonyOS 2, the company’s Android rival that it unveiled earlier in the year. Admittedly the software doesn’t feel a million miles from Android, but it brings a few changes.

Firstly, Huawei’s AppStore has a fairly limited number of apps on it, although you can work around this by using Petal Search, a way of installing other apps you want from the web.

HarmonyOS was designed to work well in collaboration with other Huawei devices, so if you have a tablet or smartwatch from the company you should be able to make the most of it.

So what about the chipset? In the Huawei P50 it’s the Snapdragon 888, the top-end processor available to Android phones – but with one change. It’s a 4G version, so neither the Huawei P50 or P50 Pro let you connect to 5G networks.

A spokesperson for Huawei told TechRadar, “For reasons that are known to everyone, Huawei is left with no option but launch 4G variants for Huawei P50 Series.”