During Huawei’s HarmonyOS livestream, the company gave a first look at the upcoming P50 series phone. Few specs were given and no talk of pricing or a release date, but the sizzle reel revealed a close-up of the interesting camera array.
Four camera lenses are visible, along with two flash units. It’s hard to say exactly what we’ll get with this phone in terms of megapixel count and sensor size; The photo below confirms that Huawei is collaborating with Leica with its optics. We’ll have to wait and see if Huawei improves on its periscope telephoto lenses, which my colleague Sam Byford saw great results on the P40 Pro Plus.
The company claims it will “take mobile photography to a new level”. Considering that the size of the camera bump seems to have increased compared to the P40 Pro Plus (which we considered “the zoom king of the smartphone”), it seems reasonable that Huawei may have crammed even bigger sensors and lenses into the P50. .
You can see the time-stamped plague in the YouTube video below:
As for the rest of the phone, so far all we have to do is do what Huawei CEO Richard Yu said during the livestream: that it will have a “lightweight design” and an “iconic” design language. The P50 will likely ship with Huawei’s new HarmonyOS operating system built in, but it didn’t confirm this in video (nor even show the screen turned on).
As for when it might be released, the company said it’s “trying to figure out how to make this great product available to you.” That reads to me as Huawei – like all technology companies at the moment – is dealing with the consequences of a global shortage of semiconductors. US sanctions against the company have slowed production of internal parts, which could also lead to supply problems around the Kirin processors. To that end, the MatePad Pro tablet it announced today has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead of one of Huawei’s proprietary processors.