Huawei P50 – The first smartphone with HarmonyOS is official and brings Snapdragon 888

Huawei marks another page in its history, today with the official launch of its smartphone with its own operating system. The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro arrive with HarmonyOS and still have another new feature. The Kirin processor, although not completely abandoned, gives way to the Snapdragon 888.

The smartphone was presented only for the Chinese market and it is not yet certain if it will be released for the international market. The event should only be at the end of the year.

Huawei, after a troubled period in the smartphone segment by restrictions imposed by Google, seems to have found its way. With its own app store, with maps, chat services, cloud, and much more, it manages to have a wide range of software to respond to the biggest absence noticed by users: Google and its services.

In addition to this, it created its own operating system that gives life to smartphones that present themselves as one of the best in terms of hardware on the market.

The new Huawei P50 and P50 Pro have just been announced in China and the truth is that it is not known what the future of the company will be in the international market. As these new models are limited to 4G (in the 5G era), it is likely that they will be launched outside China later this year, but there is no certainty.

The new Huawei P50 and P50 Pro with HarmonyOS

The new smartphones debut their new operating system, HarmonyOS 2.0. The most curious thing about these models is the fact that they both come in two versions limited to 4G. Specifically, they will be available with the Kirin 9000 processor and Qualcomm 888 4G. Earlier rumors hinted at this possibility as a way to respond to the worldwide shortage of chips.

Additionally, in both cases there will be 8 GB RAM and 128 GB or 512 GB internal storage versions.

The P50's screen is 6.5″ with a resolution of 2700 x 1224 pixels and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The P50 Pro has a 6.6″ screen also with FullHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.

The cameras will be the main highlight of these models, as all other specifications are quite commonplace in the segment. The front camera is both 13MP with f/2.4 aperture, piercing the screen in the center.

The main camera of the two smartphones is 50 MP (f/1.8, OIS, PDAF) and the ultra wide angle is 13MP f/2.2. In the P50 model there is also a 12MP f/3.4 telephoto camera, the first periscope in a non-Pro model, capable of zooming up to 5X and there is also a 2MP blur effect.

The P50 Pro is then the most relevant model in this field as it features a 64MP f/3.5 periscope camera capable of optical zooming up to 3.5x and digital zooming up to 100 times. Additionally, there is a 40 MP monochrome camera. The Pro model also has an XD Fusion Pro system capable of substantially improving an image based on the captured light. Both do video recording at 4K and strangely don't go to 8K.

In terms of battery they have a 4100 mAh battery for the P50 and another 4360 for the Pro version, both with fast charging at 65W wired and 50W wirelessly.

They are IP68 certified for water and dust resistance and have stereo sound reproduction.

Regarding availability in China, smartphones will go on pre-sale tomorrow, starting to ship on August 12th. Prices for the Pro version start at CNY 6,000 (about €780) and the P50 version at CNY 4,500 (about €590).