Huawei P50 Pro Review

You'll also be able to read about the design, display, and camera system, as well as how I felt about its performance and battery life.

Huawei P50 Pro Review
Huawei P50 Pro

EASONS TO BUY


  +  Excellent 4-lens camera system

  +  6.7-inch OLED screen, 120Hz

  +  Impressive performance

  +  Elegant, modern design

REASONS TO AVOID


  -  No 5G support

  -  Lacks Google apps and Play Store

  -  The processor isn't up to date

  -  Prone to fingerprint marks

Any Huawei P50 Pro review would have to admit that this is a fantastic phone - it's stylish, powerful, and has an excellent camera system. However, it does have two major drawbacks: you will lose access to Google's suite of apps if you purchase this, and it does not support 5G. Both are flaws that could turn off a lot of people.

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HUAWEI P50 PRO REVIEW: PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The Huawei P50 Pro is now available in the UK for £1,099, in India for Rs. 68,890. which is a few hundred pounds more than its predecessor was when it was released.

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It will, predictably, not be available in the United States, and we haven't heard anything about availability in Australia.

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HUAWEI P50 PRO REVIEW: WHAT’S NEW 

Following the release of the Huawei P40 Pro in 2020, Huawei has improved and refreshed its flagship handset to keep up with the competition in 2022.

The Huawei P50 Pro has a different OLED display than previous models; it's slightly larger and has a slightly higher resolution at 6.6-inches (2700 x 1228 pixels). You now have a refresh rate of 120Hz as well (it was 90Hz before). Despite this, Huawei has managed to make this a slimmer and lighter handset - albeit by a small margin, but every little help.

One of the most noticeable differences is the rear camera system, which has received a significant upgrade with the addition of an additional lens. A 50MP main camera, a 40MP monochrome lens, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 64MP telephoto camera with 3.5x optical zoom are all included. All of this bodes well for the camera's photographic capabilities.

Other improvements include an upgraded processor (the Snapdragon 888), a slightly larger 4360 mAh battery, and new 66W charging.

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HUAWEI P50 PRO REVIEW: DESIGN AND DISPLAY

The Huawei P50 Pro looks great, as we've come to expect from Huawei devices. With its sleek reflective glass back and metallic frame, it is best described as 'premium' and is available in Cocoa Gold and Golden Black. There are also two raised circular camera modules surrounded by a thin silver bar. The elegant design can only be compared to the top dogs from Apple and Samsung based on appearance.

There's a volume rocker and power button on the device's edge, as well as a USB-C port for charging. If you still use wired headphones, you're out of luck because this device lacks a 3.5mm audio port.

The curved OLED screen on the front of the phone is stunning. It measures 6.6 inches and has a resolution of 2700 x 1228 pixels, which is slightly lower than other screens, but you can't deny the quality of this screen. Sharp, colourful, and bright, it's a screen fit for a flagship smartphone.

The Huawei P50 Pro now has a refresh rate of 120Hz, up from 90Hz on the P40 Pro. That means this phone will be even easier to scroll, swipe, and tap on. Mobile games have never felt more natural, and animations appear to be completely seamless.

When I tested it, the Huawei P50 Pro wobbled slightly when placed on a table, but it was still relatively easy to hold.

It's one of the smaller flagships on the market, weighing around 195g and measuring 158.8 x 72.8 x 8.5 mm, and the curved edges ensure it fits well in the hand. I could easily reach the other side of the screen with my thumb. My only complaint is that it's a bit slippery and prone to fingerprint marks, but both of those issues are solved if you use the clear protective case that comes with it.

With IP68 water and dust resistance, the Huawei P50 Pro can be used anywhere and everywhere without fear of getting wet or dirty.

To unlock the display, you can use a fingerprint sensor or facial recognition in addition to the usual pin or password. In this day and age of masks, I chose to use the fingerprint scanner for the most part, and it worked flawlessly every time, despite being placed a little too far down the front of the phone to feel completely natural to use.

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HUAWEI P50 PRO REVIEW: CAMERA SYSTEM 

The Huawei P50 Pro excels at photography, thanks to a four-lens rear camera system and advanced AI-based software. It has a 50MP primary camera, a 40MP monochrome lens, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 64MP telephoto lens. There's also a 13MP front-facing camera.

As a result, Beautiful images at any time of day. It uses AI to adjust the image based on the scene, so you don't have to fiddle with the settings. While it is a little jarring, it produces some truly stunning images.

On its regular and AI-based point-and-shoot settings, the camera boosts colours enough to give the images some energy but without making them look unrealistic, it captures a lot of detail, and it strikes an excellent balance between light and dark areas of the shot. Check out the gallery below for some shots taken with the Huawei P50 Pro.

Let's not forget about zoom, because not only is the telephoto lens capable of 3.5x optical zoom, but it also has a whopping 100x digital zoom, which rivals even the best Samsung phones. I put it to the test by photographing the moon, which you can see below.

You can't expect social media-worthy pictures when zooming in by more than about 50x, as with any other device with such a wide range, but it will show you a lot more than the human eye can see. It's also pretty cool.

You'll also get an ultra-wide mode to fit more into the shot, though the image quality will suffer as a result.

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HUAWEI P50 PRO REVIEW: PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY 

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The Huawei P50 Pro uses the Snapdragon 888 processor, which lags behind the competition, whereas most recent flagships use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This model includes an Adreno 660 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage.

A significant disadvantage is the lack of 5G support, which has long been the norm in high-end flagship phones and has even begun to filter down into the lower end of the market. That will undoubtedly be a deal-breaker for some.

The phone felt great to use; it was fast and smooth, and you'll be able to easily flick through open windows or load mobile games on it. Its hardware may not be completely up to date, but it is still a formidable smartphone.

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I ran the Geekbench 5 benchmarking test on the Huawei P50 Pro, and it scored 922 in single-core and 3,563 in multi-core, putting it on par with the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Oppo Find X5 Pro.

The Huawei P50 Pro lasted me more than a day without needing to be charged, though the 4,360 mAh battery couldn't quite reach two days. I ran an HD video for two hours to compare it to other phones I've tested. During that time, the battery level dropped by 14 percent, implying that it would have lasted a total of 14 hours - plenty for most but far from best-in-class.

It took me 50 minutes to charge it again using Huawei's 66W SuperCharge, which is included in the box. That's fast, but not as fast as some rival phones, such as the Realme GT 2 Pro, which took only 33 minutes, or the Xiaomi 12 Pro, which took only 20 minutes!

The Huawei P50 Pro's dual stereo speakers make it much louder than many cheaper phones, and the audio is clear enough to watch videos and even listen to a bit of music here and there, though a separate audio device will always be more effective.

In Europe, the Huawei P50 Pro is still an Android phone behind the scenes. It runs on EMUI 12 and looks great, with a modern, minimalist design and simple navigation.

If you rush through the initial setup of the phone, you will end up with a very cluttered handset because Huawei wants you to install a slew of unnecessary apps; however, if you pay attention, you can prevent this from happening.

Huawei phones are notorious for not being able to use any Google apps at all. You'll also miss out on a slew of other opportunities. In the United Kingdom, these include the BBC iPlayer and the NHS app. While some people in certain regions may be able to overlook this, the majority of people in the UK will struggle. To apps and software from the web, you'll have to use Huawei's App Gallery or Petal Search, but the latter may expose you to online threats.

Those who have other Huawei devices at home will be able to overlook this flaw more easily than others because using all of their devices together is completely painless. You'll be able to display and use your phone screen from a MateBook with ease, while file transfers between devices take seconds, and connecting Huawei headphones is a breeze.

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HUAWEI P50 PRO REVIEW: VERDICT 

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Overall, the Huawei P50 Pro is a fantastic phone with a lot to offer. The screen is stunning, the device is powerful, and the battery life is adequate. Not to mention the camera, which is the focal point of this device and produces some truly incredible images.

But, and this is a big but, the Huawei P50 Pro falls short in a number of key areas, putting it at a disadvantage and making it difficult to recommend.

Almost every other recent flagship phone in 2022 has up-to-date connectivity, so you're bound to feel cheated if you spend such a hefty sum on a device that doesn't support 5G.

While that will be off-putting, for the vast majority of people, the lack of Google apps will be the deciding factor. If you avoid the global tech giant anyway, it won't be a problem, and you should be proud of yourself, but it's difficult to avoid in Europe. We all use Google in some capacity, whether for email, cloud storage, or smart home control.