Huawei P50 and P50 Pro officially announced – but no 5G?!

Huawei P50
(Image credit: Huawei)

Huawei has recently announced the Huawei P50 series, including the vanilla P50 and the P50 Pro. Both handsets include improved Leica-branded cameras with 10-channel color sensors and new telephoto modules. Meanwhile, the Huawei P50 will feature either a Kirin 9000 or Snapdragon 888 chipset, while the base Huawei P50 model will only offer the Snapdragon 888. 

For those that remember Huawei's initial prowess in the 5G field, you might be surprised to learn that both the Huawei P50 and Huawei P50 Pro won't have any 5G capabilities, even though both chipsets are capable of it. 

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As reported by GSMArena, both the Huawei P50 and P50 Pro have the same main camera with a 50MP sensor and a 23mm f/1.8 lens and Optical Image Stabilization and a single front-facing camera with a 13MP sensor. Meanwhile, the P50 Pro will also have a 40MP 26mm f/1.6 black and white camera and a 13MP 13mm f/2.2 camera that are each assisted by Laser autofocus. There's also a 64MP 90mm f/3.5 periscope camera that offers up to 2,700mm of digital zoom.

Meanwhile the Huawei P50 also has a 12MP 125mm f/3.4 periscope camera, but the base model handset only features a 5x zoom. It also has a slightly narrower 13MP 16mm ultra wide lens as well. Both the Huawei P50 and the P50 Pro can capture 4K video (but no 8K options sadly) and can capture 1080p at 960 fps for slow-motion video. 

The Huawei P50 Pro will feature a range of memory options, starting with 8GB of RAM and either 128, 256 or 512B of storage and going up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Meanwhile, the Huawei P50 will feature 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. Both models will also have a microSD card slot for up to 256GB more storage. 

Both the Huawei P50 and P50 Pro will eventually be available worldwide, but global launch dates have not yet been announced. However, the Huawei P50 Pro will go on pre-order in China tomorrow beginning at CNY 6,000 ($930 / £665 / AU$1,260), with the first units shipping on 12 August. Meanwhile, the Huawei P50 will arrive in September and will begin at CNY 4,500 ($700 / £498 / AU$945)

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.