Review of the Huawei P50 Pocket

Review of the Huawei P50 Pocket (Premium Edition)

The Huawei P50 Pocket is the Chinese tech giant’s latest foldable smartphone in a clamshell design. It resembles the Samsung Z Flip series yet can be easily told apart by it’s design and specifications.

So, is the Huawei P50 Pocket the one for you over other competitors, here’s our review of the Huawei P50 Pocket.

The design


The design of the Huawei P50 Pocket is unique. You can tell from its shiny collaboration with Haute Couture designer Iris Van Herpen. 

Its nicely curved texture on its body screams “atas” (Singlish for high class). It helps you stand out from the crowd and exudes your individuality and class. 

Sadly, it’s not a design for me. I do have class but it’s a bit too flashy for a low-profile person like me. 😁

Display, specifications and battery life


Unlike the current Samsung Z Flip series, Huawei threw on three cameras and a rounded OLED screen that has a refresh rate of up to 60 Hz.

You can customise the screen to set shortcuts for quick access like camera, calendar, mirror, etc. You can also check notifications, receive calls, navigate your music conveniently without flipping open the Huawei P50 Pocket.

It is pretty handy, I would say, because the thing about clamshells or other folded phones is that as a user, we will worry about breaking the screen with the constant opening and closing of the phone. I mean, it’s an expensive gadget to own so the rounded OLED screen really helps to alleviate some of the stress.

Conveniently located on the right side of the device are the volume rocker and power button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor. There’s also a USB Type C charging port at the bottom. You know, the usual.

Flipping open the Huawei P50 Pocket, you will be greeted with a 6.9-inch OLED screen that has a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. It has a 442 ppi, which should be bright enough for you to use under direct sunlight. But why would you do that?

Its internal organs comprises a Snapdragon 888 4G with an Adreno 660 GPU, 12 GB RAM and an internal storage of 512 GB. There’s no surprise in terms of its Operating System, EMUI 12 and yes, it’s using the AppGallery as opposed to Google Play. 

What the specifications translate to is essentially that the Huawei P50 Pocket is a fast and snappy device with a good amount of storage. I had zero issues with the scrollings and typing, if you really want to know.

The Huawei P50 Pocket has a 4,000 mAh battery, pretty generous, which lasted me an entire day with 15% of juice to spare. I am also very impressed how Huawei’s engineers managed to fit a big battery with high capacity into a small form factor like the Pocket. Kudos!

Cameras


The Huawei P50 Pocket has three rear cameras. There’s a 40 MP True-Chroma Camera (f1.8), 13 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (f2.2) and a 32 MP Ultra Spectrum Camera (f1.8). What the True-Chroma and Ultra Spectrum Camera mean is that the quality of the image will have an enhanced clarity and visibility of light with excellent colour and realistic replication. 

Okay. In short, great cameras, excellent image quality. I mean, just look at the colours here, unfiltered. The colours are great and can I just say that the images taken at night are no less impressive?

The Huawei P50 Pocket’s rear cameras do not have the optical zoom feature. They use digital zoom options that can go up to 5x. I recommend that you keep it at 2x if you really need to zoom in. The 5x zoom is a little… can I say… lacklustre.

At the front, the P50 pocket sports a 10.7 MP selfie wide-angle camera with an aperture of f2.2. I’m not a fan of front-facing selfie, but I can see the wide-angle being useful for many people in the day. Regarding its low-light selfie department, I think there’s more work to be done.

Parting thoughts


Although I have not reviewed a Huawei smartphone for quite a while now, I am delighted that it has not disappointed me and is still constantly pushing the boundaries to offer more to its consumers. It’s still the same Huawei I know.

All these are visible in the Huawei P50 Pocket. It has a beautiful design, excellent specifications that will last quite a while, great cameras that will bring smiles to faces knowing that the quality of the images is guaranteed. It is these tangible innovations that Huawei has built into the P50 Pocket that allows its consumers to have an intangible and valuable peace of mind using it.

Here’s the but or buts.

AppGallery

There is a Chinese saying, “好马不吃回头草”, which translates to “A good horse will not feast on the same grass patch” (probably butchered my own intelligence). What this means is that when Huawei determined that they will not use Google Play Store for apps, they will not reverse that decision.

However, I am not sure it’s a good thing. The AppGallery is good. It has a lot of popular apps and most of the apps you need can be found there. However, if there are certain apps that are not available, they will come in the form of .apk, which you have to download and install them “backend” yourself. It’s cumbersome. One example and an important one is the Microsoft Office apps. We need it, period.

Another point to note is that the AppGallery might not have the latest or unique apps specific to the location of the user. So, in Singapore, we have a Healthy 365 app that is widely popular. It’s not on it. The Singapore Pools app, which is Singapore’s lottery app, is also not on it. These might be the tripping pebbles that can affect consumers’ decision when getting a Huawei device over others.

I’m not sure if ever Huawei will go back to using Google Play Store, but if they ever do, they will be back to their glorious days.

The Huawei P50 Pocket retails at S$2,398 if you are dare to be different and challenge the norm.

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