This end of 2021 seems to be placed under the sign of folding among smartphone manufacturers. Indeed, while Honor announces the imminent release of its Honor Magic V, its former parent company reveals, for its part, the characteristics of its Huawei P50 Pocket. Adopting a style similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, this new model intends to compete with one of Samsung’s bestsellers for this year 2021.
Huawei P50 Pocket: a clamshell format with a small circular screen
If Huawei is not on its first foldable smartphone, the P50 Pocket adopts a different format from that of its predecessors in this niche. Indeed, while the Huawei Mate X unfold and respond to go from a regular smartphone to a tablet, and vice versa, the Huawei P50 Pocket opts instead for a design similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip. It therefore comes in the form of a flip smartphone that unfolds.
Unfolded, the device sports a 6.9-inch Full HD+ OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. When folded, the P50 Pocket loses half its height and offers an extra display on a small 1.04-inch circular touch screen. Refreshed at 60 Hz, this small OLED screen has a definition of 340 x 340 pixels and is used to display various notifications, GPS information or for taking photos.
The other technical characteristics of the Huawei P50 Pocket
To animate this foldable smartphone, Huawei opted for a Snapdragon 888 chip Coupled with 8 or 12 GB of RAM. In terms of storage capacity, the choice is offered between 256 GB and 512 GB of internal memory, with the possibility of expansion via nano-SD. As for the autonomy of the telephone, it is ensured by a 4000mAh battery compatible with the technology of fast charging at 40 Watts.
For the picture, the Huawei P50 Pocket has a 40-megapixel main sensor, paired with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, as well as a specially dedicated 32-megapixel sensor to optimize brightness and image rendering. A 10.7 megapixel front sensor takes selfies.
No 5G or Google services
Despite its many advantages, the Huawei P50 Pocket must still deal with two major handicaps: the absence of 5G and Google services.
If the choice of a model limited to 4G is quite surprising, the absence of the Google suite was predictable, the Chinese giant is still under US sanctions. The latter, however, does not intend to let go for so little. Like all its latest products, the Huawei Pocket P50 indeed embeds Harmony 0S 2.0, Huawei’s in-house operating system.
The Huawei P50 Pocket: reserved for China?
Already marketed on the Chinese market, the Huawei P50 Pocket costs between 1,240 and 1,525 euros approximately. Unfortunately, the brand has not yet mentioned the prevention of marketing outside Chinese borders. We should therefore not see it arriving on the French market anytime soon.