Huawei continues to show its prowess with the Huawei P50 Pro, which is a beautiful phone that offers excellent performance and has an impressive main camera. Over the years, Huawei has managed to convince many regional developers to get on board with its Google-services-missing platform, but some of the bigger players are still absent; so if you’re very reliant on Google services then the P50 Pro might not be the phone for you.
Design and display
Huawei is no stranger to releasing good-looking and premium-feeling phones, and the P50 Pro looks sleek and stylish, and sits well in the hand. Measuring 158.8 x 72.8mm and weighing 195g, the P50 Pro is neither too big nor too heavy. Speakers are located on the top and bottom while the fingerprint sensor is behind the screen, which has curved edges that wrap into the metallic frame.
The screen on the Huawei P50 Pro is 6.6 inches in size with a resolution of 1228 x 2700 with a pixel density of 450ppi. For comparison the Samsung S21 Ultra comes in at 1440 x 3200 for 515ppi and the iPhone 13 Pro Max at 1284 x 2778 for 458ppi. Don’t get too wrapped up in the numbers though – all these phones have very high-resolution screens that look sharp.
Color reproduction is excellent, and the OLED screen is great for watching movies and videos on. Huawei has also increased the refresh rate to 120Hz, up from 90Hz on the P40 Pro, which makes navigating the UI or scrolling through apps super-smooth. You can set the refresh rate to Dynamic, which adjusts the refresh rate depending on what you’re doing on your phone, to save battery life, but you’ll get the smoothest all-round experience by setting it to High.
Specs and performance
The Huawei P50 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset found in most of last year’s flagship phones of last year, with one omission: it only comes with an LTE/4G connectivity.
The chipset is teamed up with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on our review model, which should be sufficient storage for most people, but 128GB and 512GB versions are available in other markets, with the latter also getting a bump in RAM to 12GB.
As is the case with all Huawei phones of late, the P50 Pro runs Android but without Google services due to restrictions imposed by the US government. Interestingly, Huawei has chosen to release the P50 Pro in international markets with EMUI which is more of a skin on Android 10 rather than HarmonyOS – a fork on Android, which is what’s being used in China.
The lack of Google services and the Play Store is something users will need to reckon with, and depending on where in the world you live, and how heavily you depend on Google services, it could be anywhere between a minor annoyance and a reason to not even consider this phone.
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