This story was originally published on July 29, 2021, and last updated on January 28, 2022.
After teasing the devices during its HarmonyOS 2 event, Huawei is ready to showcase the new P50 and P50 Pro smartphones. There’s no Pro+ model this time around.
Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between the two phones.
Both phones still rock Leica-branded cameras with 10-channel color sensors and better telephoto modules. Both come equipped with the same 50-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and 13-megapixel selfie shooters in the hole-punch in front. Both have 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensors, but the one on the P50 Pro has a 13mm f/2.2 lens with laser autofocus, and the one on the P50 has a slightly narrower 16mm lens.
For the first time, both devices come with a periscope lens. The P50 Pro gets a 64-megapixel sensor with a 90mm focal length (around 3.9x optical zoom) and a digital zoom of up to 2,700mm. It doesn’t go as far as other periscope lenses, but the high-resolution sensor might make up for that. The P50 gets a more modest 12-megapixel sensor with a 125mm focal length, offering a maximum 5x optical zoom.
The Huawei P50 Pro gets an additional 40-megapixel monochrome sensor. We don’t have much use for the black and white sensor, but it’s there if you need it. Huawei introduces the XD Fusion Pro system in the P50 Pro, which promises double the amount of light gathered compared to the P40 Pro and a 28% improvement of dynamic range.
Both can shoot up to 4K resolution videos, with slow-motion clips at 1080p at 960 frames per second.
Processor + performance
Huawei plans to sell these devices globally, so it opted to arm these phones with 4G chips instead of 5G. The P50 Pro will be available with either a Kirin 9000 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipsets. The base option has 8GB of RAM with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of expandable storage (via an NM card slot for up to 256GB more). The highest spec’d option has 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The international variant will run on the Qualcomm processor and come in only the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage configuration.
The standard P50 only comes with a Snapdragon 888 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage with microSD card support.
There isn’t a big difference between screen sizes. The Huawei P50 Pro has a curved 6.6-inch OLED display with 1,225 x 2,700 resolution and an HDR-enabled screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate.
Meanwhile, the P50 has a flat 6.5-inch OLED screen with the same resolution, HDR support, 90Hz refresh rate, and 300Hz touch sampling rate.
Build + design
Both phones get stereo speakers and are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. As for design, the P50 gets three different color options, while the P50 Pro gets five.
Huawei also plans to sell some colorful cases that come with matching wallpapers. The company takes advantage of the giant camera modules with a case with a kickstand and another with a flip-up selfie light.
Battery capacities aren’t that far apart, either. The Pro gets a 4,360mAh battery, while the vanilla P50 has a 4,100mAh battery. Both get 66W fast-charging over USB-C and 50W wirelessly.
Price + availability
Since Huawei launched these phones in China first, the company focused on local availability there first. We’ll make sure to update for global launch info. They will be available.
The Huawei P50 Pro is launching first, with pre-orders kicking off tomorrow, and the first units will ship on August 12. This is how much they will cost:
- 8GB + 12GB (SD888 only) – CNY 5,988 (around USD 930, PHP 46,670)
- 8GB + 256GB (SD888 or Kirin 9000) – CNY 6,488 (USD 1,005, PHP 50,560)
- 8GB + 512GB (SD888 or Kirin 9000) – CNY 7,488 (USD 1,160, PHP 58,340)
The 12GB option will come in September in two colorways. It goes up to CNY 8,488 (USD 1,300, PHP 65,340).
The Huawei P50 will also launch in September with the following prices:
- 8GB + 128GB – CNY 4,488 (USD 700, PHP 35,000)
- 8GB + 256GB – CNY 4,988 (USD 775, PHP 38,900)
You can check out Philippine pre-order, pricing, and trade-in promo details HERE.
If you’re interested in checking out the launch event, Huawei shared the keynote here:
UPDATE 1: 2022/01/28 2:43 P.M. GMT+8 BY NICOLE BATAC
Added information on the international variant