It has finally arrived.
It’s quite impressive to see how Huawei has managed to rise to the occasion after facing a series of challenges brought by the US trade ban, chip shortage, and the pandemic. In the past couple of years, the tech giant was busy creating proprietary HarmonyOS and app gallery, as their way to counter the ban.
This year, the Chinese tech giant aims to regain its footing and make up for lost time with the release of this much-awaited Huawei phone, the P50 Pro. And after a long, grueling wait, it has finally arrived here in the Philippines.
Planning on buying one? Check out our quick review to help you decide.
Design & Form Factor
At face value, the P50 Pro adapts the same design principles as seen on the previous P series releases, but with a handful of improvements. Its thin, compact profile gives the same premium profile as the P40, but with a slimmer and lighter feel.
The front highlights its 6.6-inch True-Chroma OLED screen. Surrounding it is the metallic frame that houses the buttons, ports, speakers, and SIM tray on each side. What set the Pro apart from its counterparts is the rather large pill-shaped bumps on the back to encase the phone’s Dual-Matrix Camera. The phone also retains its IP68 water and dust resistance rating for extra durability.
Sporting a 6.6-inch OLED screen, the P50 Pro exudes rich, vibrant color and stunning imagery. This is made possible by Huawei’s True-Chroma Display, which supports P3 wide color gamut and 1.07 billion colors. It also bumps up its refresh rate to 120Hz, and up to 300Hz touch sampling rate, which is great for mobile gaming. To compare, most flagship phones only offer 60Hz and 90Hz, so that gives Huawei a significant advantage in the display department.
There’s also a dedicated feature that allows users to configure refresh rate settings to comply with each unique preference while providing means to save battery power. On the side, Huawei tweaks its screen with a 1,440Hz high-frequency PWM Dimming Control for effective eye strain protection even in low-light conditions.
Huawei’s mobile camera capabilities remain strong, thanks to its continued partnership with Leica. In the case of P50 Pro, its four Ai-powered cameras are nothing short of impressive. The primary lens is a 50MP True-Chroma Camera that boasts an f-stop of f/1.8. Backing this are the 40MP f/1.6, 13MP f/2.2 Ultra-Wide Angle, and 64MP f/3.5 telephoto rear shooters. A myriad of available shooting presets offer flexible mobile photography settings and options to accommodate different shooting styles.
What’s amazing is the camera’s ability to combine its AI features and sensor enhancements with its XD Optics and XD Fusion Pro engine to up to the camera’s already standout capabilities. These features work together for color and light correction, HDR, and optimal stabilization to preserve a sharp, rich, and well-detailed image in every snap and every clip captured.
For its CPU and GPU, the P50 Pro is equipped with an Octa-core 1 x Cortex-X1 2.84GHz base CPU and Adreno 660 GPU setup. This is paired with an 8GB RAM and a 256GB storage space. To address the ongoing shortage, releases from other regions have the Kirin 9000 5G. Here in the Philippines, we have the one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G. This may look like a step back, since the majority of P50 Pro’s direct competitions employ the newer 5G tech.
On the upside, the Snapdragon variant proves more efficient and reliable when it comes to running task-intensive apps and graphics-heavy games. And as expected, the P50 Pro’s performance exceeds expectations from the get-go – capable of launching games while running multiple apps in the background with ease, and without experiencing hiccups.
Considering the thinness of the phone, the P50 Pro made it possible to stick a powerful 4,360mAh battery into its system – by far, the highest battery capacity in the entire P Series lineup. Performance-wise, the battery ranks as average if compared to other flagships’ battery consumption. It is capable of powering through a full day’s worth of moderate use. For heavy users, the phone can last through roughly five to seven hours of #InTheZone gaming or continuous screen time + apps running in the background.
To compensate, Huawei throws in a 66W SuperCharge kit in the box. This included charger is capable of juicing up the P50 Pro to 80% at 30 minutes tops. Users can also go wireless by opting for Huawei’s 50W Wireless SuperCharge. (Also Read: Best Wireless Chargers to Juice Up Your iOS and Android Phones)
Another thing to note about the P50 Pro, alongside other Huawei devices, is its Intelligent Cross-Device Collaboration feature. This allows seamless connection and interaction between two or more Huawei devices so that users can swiftly access and transfer files with a simple touch & swipe. Topping this off is the phone’s superb security measures and authentication requirements across devices to ensure stringent data protection.
Overall, the P50 Pro possesses everything you’d expect in a flagship phone in terms of design, performance, functionalities, interconnectivity, and mobile camera capabilities. Granted may not be the perfect flagship. It is also not pretentious. It’s bold enough to recognize its weak points, and integrate features that would offset what’s lacking and preserve its sheer “premium-ness”. That’s earnest enough to merit the P50 Pro as one of the best cellphone releases of 2022.
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