Huawei turns up the bling for the foldable P50 Pocket smartphone
After a few recent teasers, Chinese mobile tech giant Huawei has released its latest version of the foldable phone, the P50 Pocket. The sleek clamshell handset brings a small exterior notification window, intriguing camera tech, and a flush fold.
Although until recently the P50 Pocket could be seen as a serious rival to the Galaxy Flip 3, but thanks to US sanctions Samsung can rest a little easier. And since Huawei is no longer able to offer full access to Google’s Android platform, the new flagship smartphone runs the company’s own HarmonyOS.
Users can expect a gap-less crease when inserting the handset, well, a pocket though, which is a bit of an improvement over the Flip 3. The outer casing houses a triple camera block including a True 40 MP -Chroma main camera with F1.8 aperture, 13 MP ultra-wide with F2.2 aperture and 32 MP “ultra-spectrum” camera, also with F1.8 aperture.
These camera modules combine with a multi-spectrum sensor, an “ultra-spectrum illuminator” and an autofocus laser to form an “ultra-spectrum camera array” which can help bring out natural tones. while activating a fluorescent photography mode to capture details and colors not visible to the human eye. Additionally, as still images, the bay supports 4K UHD or Full HD video capture for super slow motion up to 960 fps.
Next to the cameras is a circular 1.04-inch OLED window for viewing notifications, schedules, weather, fitness measurements, turn-by-turn navigation, or even just checking the time.
When unfolded in smartphone mode, the main OLED display on the hinge measures 6.9 inches diagonally in 21: 9 aspect ratio and has a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, a resolution of 2,790 x 1,188 pixels and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz. It is also reported to support DCI-P3 color gamut “for authentic tones and image”.
A nano-optical layer has been included to reduce glare, and Huawei believes the handset “unfolds without any sign of bending.” There’s a 10.7MP selfiecam on the main screen as well, although users can choose to use the main camera in combination with the touchscreen notification window for the prospect of higher-resolution selfies.
Inside, Huawei has gone for the Snapdragon 888 4G mobile platform with an octa-core processor and Adreno 660 GPU – so yes, no 5G here. The standard P50 Pocket comes in white with diamond specks and has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, while a premium gold model sporting a feather-like shimmer on the outer casing boosts up to 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
To round out the key specs there is a 4000mAh battery and 40W charging support (although an optional SuperCharge cable and charger is required), Bluetooth 5.2 is included with the support. High-resolution streaming thanks to the LDAC codec, Wi-Fi 6 is also integrated and the phone can be unlocked using a face scanner or a fingerprint reader on the side. And for privacy, the camera, microphone or GPS can be disabled when the device is folded into the pocket.
The P50 Pocket is now available in China for a starting price of 8,988 yuan (~ $ 1,400 – although this phone is not available in US markets).
Product sheet: Huawei P50 Pocket