In 2019, before the arrival of the US sanctions, Huawei was planning to become number 1 in the world by overtaking Samsung. But the measures taken by the White House have significantly affected the sales of its smartphones. And today, Huawei wouldnot even be among the market leaders in China.

In any case, for the moment, Huawei does not yet intend to abandon the smartphone market, despite these American sanctions. This week, the manufacturer finally unveiled its new 2021 flagships: the P50 and the 50 Pro.

Obviously, these two devices, for the moment intended for China, do not include Google’s apps and services. Moreover, they do not use the Android OS, but the Harmony OS developed by Huawei (which would look a bit too much like Android).

On the design side, Huawei has come up with a new camera module. The sensors are positioned on two circular bumps. On the front, we have a borderless screen with a bubble for the front camera. The whole thing is water and dust resistant, certified IP 68.

The P50 has an OLED display with a diagonal of 6.5 inches, 1224 p and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. As for the Pro model, this one has a slightly larger screen, with a diagonal of 6.6 inches (1228 p) and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

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Huawei P50 © Huawei

A Snapdragon 888 chip but without the 5G

Under the hood, the Huawei P50 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip. Some versions of the Huawei P50 Pro also use this chip from Qualcomm instead of Huawei’s Kirin chips. This is because the US sanctions mean that the manufacturer is facing a shortage of Kirin chips.

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On the other hand, all models are 5G. As The Verge reports, at the presentation, Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer boss, admitted that 5G smartphones is out of the company’s reach. “[…] we have to go for 4G by removing the 5G module from our chip design,” he said. At the end of 2020, Qualcomm had received approval from US authorities to sell chips to Huawei, but only 4G chips.

The lack of 5G is expected to greatly handicap these new Huawei smartphones. On the other hand, when it comes to photography, the manufacturer should continue to excel.

The P50 Pro features a set of four sensors on the back: a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens with 3.5x optical zoom, a 3.5x optical zoom sensor, a 3.5x optical zoom sensor, and a 3.5x optical zoom sensor.The P50 has a 40-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. As for the P50, it has three sensors on the back: a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle. On the front, both devices have a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.

The Huawei P50 comes with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, while the P50 Pro comes with either 8GB or 12GB of Ram, with storage that can go up to 512GB. In China, the starting price of the P50 is 584.56 euros, while the starting price of the P50 Pro is 779.93 euros. The P50 will arrive in September, while the Pro model will be available in the Middle Kingdom from August. Regarding this Pro model, Huawei has reportedly indicated that the first units will use the Kirin 9000 chip. And the units using the Snapdragon chip will arrive later.

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