Battle of the high-end smartphones rages on as Huawei P50 drops amid great fanfare

Five reasons both Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket, a direct competition to the Samsung S22 series and Galaxy Z Flip 3 respectively, are just as exciting specs-wise if not more - thanks to a number of exciting hardware innovations that continue to change the flip phone game and high-end smartphone market in general.

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Available now in South Africa, Huawei P50 series is shaking things up in an already competitive market, with Apple and Samsung having recently dropped their premium flagship models; the iPhone 13 and S22 series.

A direct competition to Samsung Galaxy S22 series and the Z Flip 3 respectively, there’s every reason to be excited about the recent drop of the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket Premium Edition in South Africa.

When it comes to tech innovation, in particular the camera system, we all know that Huawei never disappoints, it’s no wonder the Chinese tech giant remains the third biggest global smartphone vendor in the premium category globally – after iPhone and Samsung respectively – according to  2021/Q2 report by Counterpoint. This is despite its continued troubles in Western markets and the lack of Google Mobile Services; however we learnt there are other ways to troubleshoot it, including via Huawei’s App Gallery, which we will delve further into in the near future.

As it remains to be seen which of the three usual suspects would claim the largest sales share in the premium segment for 2022, in this article we unpack five reasons that make the Huawei P50 smartphone series just as exciting as its counterparts specs-wise, if not more.  

Reason 1: Stylish Designs

Both the two smartphones have amazing designs. The Dual-Matrix camera design of the P50 Pro is unique, as its double ring structure makes the phone instantly recognisable.

Huawei P50 Pro’s double ring structure makes the phone instantly recognisable.

The front is equipped with the high-resolution 6.6-inch 3D curved screen, with display is a 120Hz True-Chroma Display, which packs a 300Hz touch sampling rate for a smooth user experience.

The P50 Pocket Premium Edition too is an undeniably attractive phone with a seamless fold that leaves no gaps and folds into a thin and light form, making it easy to hold and fit into a pocket.

Designed in collaboration with the talented Dutch haute couture designer, Iris Van Herpen, the seamless fold is made possible by the new-generation Multi-Dimensional Hinge which, along with Huawei’s exclusive Multi-Dimensional Lifting design, allows the P50 Pocket to have a smooth and flat screen as well as a slim form.

Reason 2: Groundbreaking camera features

The P50 Pro’s Dual-Matrix Camera system delivers true-to-life imagery with extreme clarity. It’s also the company’s first phone to launch with XD Fusion Pro, an improved solution that incorporates a new Super Colour Filter System, True-Chroma Image Engine and Super HDR technology to significantly improve detail, colour and dynamic range. It also supports an unprecedented 200 times zoom range, helping users capture any object, regardless of distance.

The P50 Pro comes with a high-resolution 6.6-inch 3D curved screen.

The Super HDR technology captures 28% more of the dynamic range for better backlit performance, while light and shadows are optimised. The P50 Pro also supports 4K video recording across the full focal range. The all-new AIS Pro image stabilisation solution helps users easily capture stable handheld videos, while the AI cinemograph is great for creative shots that showcase minor movements.

As for the two large rings on the back of the P50 Pro, one houses the cameras: a 50MP main camera, 40PM monochrome camera, 13MP ultrawide camera and the mega 64MP telephoto camera. The other ring houses the customisable smart Cover Screen.

The P50 Pocket on the other hand has a triple camera: 40 MP (wide) and 13 MP (ultrawide), 32 MP and on the front. There’s also a 10 MP (ultrawide) selfie camera.

Just like the P50 Pro, the P50 Pocket (above) comes with True-Chroma Image Engine, the XD Optics and XD Fusion Pro.

The P50 Pocket presents a new breakthrough for Huawei ImageTM. And, just like the P50 Pro, it also comes with True-Chroma Image Engine, the XD Optics and XD Fusion Pro. The most interesting camera feature here is the Super Selfie feature that uses selfie algorithms, allowing users to take superior, more atmospheric, selfies using the main camera sensor.

With the P50 Pocket, users get the benefit of the Ultra Spectrum Image Technology, which captures details on your subject that are otherwise invisible to the human eye.

Reason 3: Lasting battery with fast charging speeds

What powers the P50 Pro is a large 4,360mAh battery that supports 66W  SuperCharge and 50W Wireless  SuperCharge. What is mind-blowing is that even with a battery of this capacity, the phone is just 8.5mm thick. As for the P50 Pocket Premium Edition, it also has a large battery that supports the 40W SuperCharge.

Reason 4: Smart office (workspace) optimisation with ‘Super Device’ feature

Both the P50 Pocket Premium Edition and the P50 Pro are powered by EMUI 12, which produces an innovative UI with a clean and elegant look. Controlling multiple devices at once is as easy as controlling just one single device, thanks to the Super Device features of the P50 Pocket Premium Edition and the P50 Pro. With the Distributed File System, the two smartphones can also function as wirelessly connected external storage units for your Huawei laptops or PCs, meaning you can access the files you want more easily than ever before.

A multi-dimensional hinge with a large bending radius enables the P50 Pocket to securely unfold.

Reason 5: More durable and totally creaseless (P50 Pocket)

A multi-dimensional hinge with a large bending radius enables the phone to securely unfold without any sign of creasing, something Samsung’s folding phones lacks and has widely been a bone of contention among users.

To further improve the hinge’s performance, Huawei has used a number of innovative materials, including zirconium-based liquid metal and ultra-high-strength steel (2,100 MPa), all which increase durability and reliability.

Huawei P50 Pro & P50 Pocket; Pricing & Availability

The Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition is available on the Huawei Store (Online) for R28,999, which includes the Huawei Freebuds Lipstick valued at R3,999 each and a phone case valued at R999 each. This offer is valid from April 1, 2022 to May 31 while stocks last.

The Huawei P50 Pro is available for R19,999, which includes a Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, valued at R6,999 each, and a Huawei Freebuds 4i, valued at R1,499 each. This offer is valid from April 1, 2022 to April 30.

The two phones come with the following added benefits:

  • Two-year manufacturer warranty
  • Complimentary 50-day screen insurance
  • One-time free screen guard service from HUAWEI Service Centres
  • Free 90-day extended warranty
  • Free Huawei VIP Music and Video for six months
  • Free collection and delivery repair service