After a long wait, the Huawei P50 Pro was finally launched internationally, following a Chinese launch in late July 2021. As you may know, the world of electronics has been slowed down due to the global chip shortages, leading to delays in launch dates. On top of that, Huawei has been facing sanctions by the US, further affecting its product supply. Despite all that, it managed to create a fantastic flagship phone that featured a new design, technology, and software, let's check it all in this Huawei P50 Pro Review. Enjoy.
Huawei P50 Pro Review: Price and Availability
Huawei unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro in China on 29 July 2021 and went on sale the following month on 12 August. There was no indication Huawei would be releasing the phone internationally until Huawei Malaysia posted on Twitter that it would be unveiling Huawei Pro on 12 January 2022 (in a tweet posted on 5 January).
Two weeks later, on 26 January, Huawei Germany’s Twitter account revealed plans to unveil Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket (the company’s latest foldable phone) in Europe. However, the 26th launch date wasn’t exclusive to Europe. The rollout touched other markets like The Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
In the UK, the P50 Pro finally arrived on 22 March, and was available from the official Huawei UK website and other retailers like Amazon.
The Huawei P50 Pro was unveiled with five different configurations, with prices starting from ¥5,988 for the base model (8GB RAM + 128GB storage) to ¥8,488 for the highest configuration (12GB RAM + 512GB storage).
However, the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage is the only available configuration outside China. The Huawei P50 Pro price in India is currently ₹93,250.00 on Amazon India for the Cocoa Gold version and ₹98,450.00 for the Black version. The prices differ from one retailer to another, so you'd probably want to do some research and price comparison.
Huawei P50 Pro Review: Specifications
The Huawei P50 Pro has the following specifications:
RAM: 8GB or 12GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
Processor: Kirin 9000 4G/Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G (varies depending on market and release window)
Display: 6.6-inch, 2400 x 1224 curved edge OLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate
Camera: 50MP x 40MP x 13MP x 64MP rear camera, 64Mp front-facing camera
Huawei P50 Pro Review: Design and Display
The Huawei P50 Pro flagship phone notably dropped the P40 series dual-hole punch design for the single-hole punch cutout for the selfie camera.
The rear side of the P50 Pro is dominated by two gigantic round cameras, which are actually glass modules housing four cameras: three on top and one below. The volume and power button are located on the right side, and the front features a curved edge OLED screen, with 1440Hz high frame rate PWM dimming, designed to reduce eye strain.
The slim bezels give the phone a premium look, and at just 195 grams, the in-hand feel is just right. The P50 Pro is IP68 certified, meaning it can withstand dust, sand, and dirt, as well water-resistant up to 1.5 meters deep.
The P50 Pro features an on-screen fingerprint sensor and like most modern smartphones, lacks the standard 3.5mm audio jack, and instead uses the USB Type-C.
Huawei P50 Pro Review: Performance
Like most tech companies, the chip shortages affected the production of Huawei's latest mobile phones. The Huawei P50 Pro was speculated to feature its own Kirin 9000 chips. Unfortunately, due to these limitations, there was a split between the Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chips – both of which can be found in P50 Pro phones sold in China.
It will be interesting to know if there is a performance disparity between these two processors powering the same phone build.
Surprisingly, the P50 Pro is missing 5G, something that all modern phones should be equipped with. It's unclear why the company didn’t include this obviously important technology given the rapid expansion of the 5G network. However, the fact that the 5G infrastructure is not well established in many parts may just save the P50 Pro’s appeal to buyers.
The good news is that the company seems to be making efforts to include the technology in its phones. According to a report from AnTuTu’s Chinese language news, Huawei plans to make a specialized case that adds 5G functionality to its existing members of the P50 series.
Huawei P50 Pro Review: Battery
The P50 Pro comes with an average battery of 4,360mAh that supports 66W super-fast charging. It also supports 50W wireless super-fast charging, as well as wireless reverse charging capabilities.
Huawei P50 Pro Review: Camera
One of the best features of the Huawei P50 Pro is the camera. The brand is known for producing some of the greatest cameras on the market and the P50 Pro clearly highlights this.
At the rear, two huge circular glass modules encase multiple lenses – four to be exact. The primary camera is a 50MP lens (f/1.8) with optical image stabilization (OIS) and Laser Stabilization. There’s a 40MP (f/1.6) monochrome camera, a 13MP (f/2.2) ultrawide camera, and a 64MP (f/3.5) periscopic telephoto with OIS. The telephoto is said to offer a maximum 200x zoom range.
As expected, the handset captures images and videos exceptionally well. Photos exhibit realistic colors and contrast, with a broad dynamic range. The crisp details are also exceptionally good. The P50 Pro camera performs extremely well in low light, thanks to the telephoto napper.
At the front, you get a 13MP selfie camera with an f/2.4 aperture and autofocus capability. Overall, the P50 Pro’s camera performance surpasses heavyweights like Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Xiaomi M1 11 Ultra.