Huawei P50 Pocket launched with circular external screen, innovative camera


After a week of teasers and leaks, Huawei has officially unveiled its first clamshell foldable phone—the Huawei P50 Pocket—that pushes the envelope of today’s innovative flip phones.

For starters, the Huawei P50 Pocket features a 6.9-inch OLED primary screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 2790 x 1188 resolution, and a tall aspect ratio of 21:9.

It does away with the odious fold gap—a problem facing most foldable phones until now—thanks to its patented hinge mechanism combined with its 3D structured glass design.

Another key feature is its circular 1-inch 340 x 340 external screen that, despite its tininess, allows you to optimize the phone while folded.

Apart from enabling you to take selfies with the main camera, GSMArena notes that the cover screen displays time, date, notifications, as well as show directions from maps.

At the camera front, the P50 Pocket boasts a 40MP main, 13MP ultrawide, and 32MP ultra spectrum snappers. The last sensor makes the system distinct, as Huawei claims it offers a fluorescent photography mode that captures details and patterns not visible to the human eye.

This is complemented by a selfie camera 10.7MP in a punch-hole on the main screen.

P50 Pocket runs Huawei’s HarmonyOS powered by a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and your choice between 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 258GB or 512GB of storage.

Other features include a 4,000mAh battery with 40W wired charging and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Apparently, though, it is not configured for use of 5G networks.

Huawei’s new clamshell weighs 190 grams and is just 7.2mm thick when unfolded and 15.2mm when closed. Its stunning, ultra-glossy cover comes in three colors: Black, Diamond White, and the special edition Premium Gold.

Contrary to what was rumored, the P50 Pocket retails with a price tag higher than that of its rival, the Samsung Z Flip3.

Samsung’s flip phone is priced at P52,990, while the P50 Pocket’s standard unit with 8/256GB is now selling in China for ¥8,988 or approximately P70,600. Meanwhile, its 12GB/512GB variant costs ¥10,988, which is equal to P86,300.

Huawei has not shared detailed plans about the phone’s global rollout yet, but the brand’s representatives confirmed to GSMArena that it is underway.

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