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Huawei P50 series unveiled: not one, but two camera bumps on these superphones




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Huawei P50 series unveiled: not one, but two camera bumps on these superphones
Huawei/Screenshot by Sareena Dayaram/CNET

Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest superphone series. It unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro at an online event on Thursday, each of which will only be released in China for now.

The main superpower of Huawei’s phones has long been their cameras – and the P50 range is no exception. In fact, you can see the emphasis Huawei places on the cameras as soon as you look at the phones: both the P50 and P50 Pro have not one but two camera bumps, which together take up more than a third of the phone’s rear width. This wasn’t entirely a surprise given that Huawei had teased images and videos of the lineup ahead of the event, but it does make for a striking new design, taking the dual-punch design of the P40 Series.

The P50 Pro has four cameras on the back: a 50-megapixel main lens, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, a 40-megapixel monochrome lens and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. The P50 has a similar camera bump, but has one less lens. There is a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens. Surprisingly, the basic version has a better optical zoom than the Pro version (5x vs 3.5x optical zoom). Each camera has 13 megapixel selfie cameras.

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Huawei’s P50 lineup was launched in China on Thursday.

 

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In addition to the camera, the P50 series stacks an array of enviable features, as expected (see the specs list below for more details). A bright and smooth OLED screen, a large battery, fast charging (66 watts) and powerful processors. The P50 series comes in two variants: one powered by the company’s own Kirin 9000 chipset and the other by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G CPU. Qualcomm was authorized to sell chips to Huawei last year. These chipsets are supported by 8 GB of RAM and 256 or 512 GB of flash storage.

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You may remember that Huawei phones no longer have Google apps – a consequence of crippling US sanctions. But the P50 series is one of Huawei’s first new lineups to introduce the company’s own operating system, Harmony operating system, which China’s telecom had developed in-house to replace Google Mobile Services in its smartphones. When the P50 launches internationally, it should provide Huawei with an opportunity to gauge consumer response to the company’s in-house software and whether it will gain wider adoption among international shoppers against the backdrop of Huawei’s crumbling smartphone market share.

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Huawei’s Richard Yu unveiled the company’s P50 series at a virtual launch event.

 

Huawei / Screenshot by Sareena Dayaram

Huawei will start with a release in China before the series rolls out internationally (if ever), although the specs may differ slightly depending on your country. The P50 Pro starts at 5,988 yuan (about $930, £665 or AU$1,256), while the P50 starts at 4,488 yuan (about $695, £500 or AU$940).

Key specs

Huawei P50 Pro 4G

  • Display: 6.6-inch OLED, 120Hz, 2,700×1,228 pixels, 450ppi
  • Dimensions: 158.8×72.8×8.5mm
  • Camera: 50 megapixel main, 64 megapixel telephoto, 40 megapixel black and white, 13 megapixel ultra-wide angle
  • Processor: Snapdragon 888 4G
  • Battery and Charging: 4,360 mAH, 66 watts charging, 50 watts wireless
  • Water and dust resistance: IP68 rating

Huawei P50 4G

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED, 90Hz, 2,700 x 1,224 pixels
  • Dimensions: 156.5×73.8×7.9mm
  • Camera: 50 megapixel main, 13 megapixel ultra wide angle, 12 megapixel telephoto
  • Processor: Snapdragon 888 4G
  • Battery and Charging: 4,100 mAh, 66 watts charging
  • Water and dust resistance: IP68 rating
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