Huawei just teased the P50 – but there’s no release date yet


Huawei has officially announced its HarmonyOS 2 software and alongside the MatePad Pro and Huawei Watch 3, we have also got a first look at the upcoming Huawei P50 smartphone and its interesting design.

As has been suggested by previous leaks, the phone sports a very unique camera housing on the back.

The images shown during the Huawei event show the P50 with at least four camera sensors taking up the majority of the back of the phone, along with the Leica branding that has become a staple of the series.

The phone also has a shiny gold finish on the sides and what looks to be a more matte finish on the back.

huawei p50 series image showing the back

We would have expected to see the Huawei P50 launch by now however that seems to be far from the case.

During the event, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu said a “launch date has not been set but we are trying to figure out how to make this great product available to you”. This comment seems to imply the phone is ready to go but certainly casts doubt upon a release date anytime.

When we do get the Huawei P50 it’ll likely run on HarmonyOS, just like the new MatePad Pro.

1. Bring the stunning zoom from the P40 Pro Plus to the Pro models

If you are after the best phone for zooming then look no further than the Huawei P40 Pro Plus. In our P40 Pro Plus review, we raved about the sharpness of its zoomed shots and how it easily bested the beefy Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Huawei P40 Pro Plus and its massive Leica camera array

You do have to pay A LOT more for the P40 Pro Plus than the regular Pro though and hopefully by next year, and the P50, some of that tech might have trickled down into the Pro model. To be honest, I’d prefer if Huawei did away with the ‘Pro Plus’ model entirely as it’s just too much for one series to have multiple entries that aren’t all that different. Make it simpler and focus on a cheaper flagship and a ‘Pro’ model for those who want the best-of-the-best.

2. A higher-resolution, 120Hz screen would be nice – just don’t compromise the endurance

I have used a lot of 120Hz phones this year and the difference is obvious, especially when you pair it with a QHD+ resolution. The 90Hz FHD+ OLED on the P40 Pro series is far from poor and if Huawei was to push things a step further I would hope it could do it without sacrificing the all-important endurance. Samsung’s Exynos-toting S20 series struggled with battery life, however the Oppo Find X2 Pro does prove you can pair 120Hz with QHD+ and have a phone that can last two days.

3. Experiment with different materials

The Huawei P40 Pro is a great looking phone. It has plenty of clever touches, like the curves either end of the display and the matte back that doesn’t attract fingerprints. But, it would be nice to see Huawei experiment a little more with its materials. I’d love to see a leather back, like the glorious orange hue its high-end tablet comes in, to give it that extra hit of quirkiness.

As it turns out, the P40 Pro is a hard phone to improve on. At least in areas Huawei is able to improve it. It has one of the best cameras around, packs plenty of power, 5G across the board and a design that’s both ergonomic and attractive. If the app situation improves and some of the above requests are added the P50 could very well be an Android king in 2021.



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