Almost a year (28 days shy, to be exact) after its global reveal, Huawei South Africa has finally introduced the P50 in Mzansi.
In case you missed it, the P50 is the first flagship phones that use HarmonyOS 2 from the outset.
The switch to HarmonyOS was made in part due to US sanctions that have hit Huawei. Along with slowing down manufacturing and hobbling the company’s ability to source components with American technology, the restrictions led to Google shutting off Huawei from official Android updates. Huawei switched to an open-source version. It was also prevented from using Google apps and services on its most recent phones. There have been suggestions that HarmonyOS is actually a fork of open-source Android.
The sanctions also seem to have impacted Huawei’s choice of processor in the latest handsets, too. The P50 and one of the P50 Pro variants boast Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G chipset with Adreno 660 graphics. Qualcomm received permission in November to sell some chips to Huawei.
The P50. which launches today, boast a 6.5-inch display, with 90Hz refresh rate. It sports a hole-punch front-facing 13MP camera.
The P50 has a 50MP True-Chroma camera, a 13MP ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto lens. The device is IP68-rated for their splash, water, and dust resistance.
The phone supports 66W super-fast wired charging and has a 4100mAh battery capacity.
The P50 starts at R16 999 for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with a pair of earbuds to boot.