Huawei P50 Pro review

The Huawei P50 Pro delivers quad-camera imaging but no 5G

Huawei P50 Pro review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Huawei P50 Pro is a great looking, very capable smartphone. It boasts an excellent camera system, especially its primary camera, and the telephoto range is competitive too. Costing top dollar, though, the fact it misses out on 5G and a streamlined interface owing to sanctions against the company ends up hurting the user experience too much, especially for anyone who uses Google in their daily life, or pays for the privilege of a 5G mobile plan.


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    Strong camera

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    Premium design

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    Excellent multi-screen support


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    Inconsistent app ecosystem

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    No 5G

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    Auto camera switching can be clumsy

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Huawei’s new P50 Pro is a megapixel fiend. While it doesn’t sport a 108MP camera like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, its combined pixel count across its four rear cameras clocks in at over 160MP. That’s spread across an interesting new camera system, which includes a 40MP monochrome camera, and a 64MP periscope camera.

This is a great start, for an undeniably challenged smartphone. Powering the phone is a modified Snapdragon 888 with 5G disabled. Why the handicap? Because of sanctions against Huawei, preventing it from using Qualcomm’s 5G technology. Then there’s the Google app situation – Huawei’s running this phone with EMUI 12, its own interface with no Google Play Services access. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.