The Huawei P40 and its siblings (the Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro Plus) are somehow among the best phones of 2020 – they have great cameras, lots of power, and great battery life. But all are significantly held back when it comes to software, as they do not have access to Google’s mobile services.
Unfortunately, that software problem is one that probably won’t be solved for the Huawei P50 range, but it could at least be improved. It’s one of the many things we wish from the P50 range for the upcoming phones to be even better than the Huawei P40.
You’ll find our full wish list for the range below, but before that, you’ll find information on the possible release date and price, along with the specs and features that were rumored. We haven’t heard much yet, but we will add to this article as rumors emerge, so be sure to check back often.
Huawei P50 launch date and price
There is no news on when the Huawei P50 will be announced, but we can guess very well, as both the Huawei P40 and Huawei P30 were announced on March 26 of their respective years, so March 26 next year seems very probable.
It is true that the Huawei P20 was announced on March 27, but it is almost certain that at that time of year we will see the P50 range. We expect the phones to ship within two weeks of that date, if not sooner based on the form above, so you should be able to get your hands on the Huawei P50 by early April.
As for the price, it is again unknown at the time of writing, but the Huawei P40 launched for £ 699 / AU $ 1,099 (around $ 900), so the price of the Huawei P50 could be similar.
Of course, that’s just the base model. The Huawei P40 Pro cost £ 899 / AU $ 1,599 (around $ 1,100) and the P40 Pro Plus was £ 1,299 (roughly $ 1,570 / AU $ 2,500), so expect prices to rise sharply for the Huawei P50 Pro and Huawei. P50 Pro Plus. And as with the P40 range, these phones are almost certainly not going to land in the US.
News and rumors
At the time of writing this article, we haven’t heard anything about the Huawei P50 yet, but based on the way above, it will almost certainly use the same chipset as the Huawei Mate 40, which in turn is rumored to have a new one. high-end chipset. from the company called Kirin 1000 or Kirin 1020.
It is rumored to be the company’s first 5nm chipset, a move that should lead to an improvement in performance, unsurprisingly.
The Mate 40 is also rumored to have a “free-form” camera design, which could reduce distortion in wide-angle shots. If you have this, we wouldn’t be surprised if the P50 has it too.
Beyond that, we can also say that unless things change in Huawei’s relationship with the US, the Huawei P50 will not have access to Google applications and services.
What we want to see
We don’t know much about the Huawei P50 yet, but we know what we want from it. The following things top our list.
- Google mobile services
As good as Huawei’s hardware is, its software is likely to always be missing unless, or until, you regain access to Google’s mobile services (and therefore the Google Play Store and Google apps). This is beyond Huawei’s control and we are not optimistic it will happen in time for the Huawei P50 launch, but it is our best hope for the phone.
And if that’s not realistic, we’d at least like to see some major improvements to Huawei’s alternative app store. Currently, it is very poor compared to Google Play, and it is even missing some big-name apps, so we would like Huawei to make a real effort to get more developers to participate.
- 120 Hz refresh rate on all models
While some phones, like the OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20, have 120Hz refresh rates, the most any phone in the Huawei P40 range can handle is 90Hz, and the base P40 has only a 60Hz refresh rate. , which feels clearly lacking for a high-end phone.
So for the Huawei P50 range, we want the company to increase the refresh rate to at least 120Hz, and we want to see it offered across the range. If you can handle an even higher refresh rate, so much the better.
- A sharper screen
The Huawei P40 has just a 1080 x 2340 FHD + screen, and while the Huawei P40 Pro and Pro Plus upgrade it with 1200 x 2640 displays, it still doesn’t quite reach the QHD + level found in phones like the 1440 Samsung Galaxy S20. x 3200.
Since these are high-end phones and in some cases high-end, we would expect a competitive resolution, so we would like to see that improved for the Huawei P50 range.
There’s no need to exaggerate – at some point the extra pixels won’t do much good unless your eyes are pressed against the screen, but matching Samsung here would be a good start. And since even the basic Galaxy S20 has a high resolution, we would like even the basic P50 to do so as well.
4. Proper water resistance on the base P50
With the P40 range, Huawei has a decent water resistance limited to the P40 Pro and Pro Plus. They are both IP68 certified, which is in line with the likes of the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and means they can withstand submersion in water. However, the standard Huawei P40 is only IP53 rated, which means it should be able to survive a splash, but not much else.
For the Huawei P50 range, we want IP68 certification to be offered across the range, and if Huawei wants its more expensive models to stand out, how about even better water resistance for them? There aren’t many phones you can safely dive into, for example, so perhaps the Huawei P50 Pro stands out in that way.
- Wireless charging on all models
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common, but while it is offered by the Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro Plus, you won’t find it on the standard Huawei P40.
So since it’s becoming more common among high-end phones, we’d like the standard Huawei P50 to offer it, as by the time the phone launches it will surely seem like a major omission if it’s not present.