Huawei P50 Pro first official look: Leica Harmony

Huawei P50 Pro first official look: Leica Harmony
The wait is over! Or... sort of.

Huawei's CEO, Ren Zhengfei, took the stage to unveil a bunch of new Huawei products. The new MatePad Pro with a number of new accessories, the Huawei Watch 3, FreeBuds 4, and a few smart monitors.

Of course, HarmonyOS also made an official debut. It will be coming with the newly announced devices and many older ones like the P40, P30, P20, and even the P10 series. The same goes for the Mate series of phones.

However, the company pulled off a “one more thing”, or in this case a “one less thing” (you’ll see why), by taking the wraps off the long-awaited P50 Pro. The design is striking, with two massive camera plates on the back, which are housing four cameras with potential for powering the next smartphone camera revolution.

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Photography's always been the focus of Huawei's "P" series of smartphones. The P50 Pro is expected to feature the largest camera sensor on any phone, matching the one from the Sharp Aquos R6. We can also confirm that the Leica partnership stays in place despite the breakup rumors around the German camera-maker and the Chinese giant.

Huawei's CEO introduced the phone by saying that it was supposed to come out in the spring, but the company has faced challenges on the way to its release. Therefore, he still can't say exactly when the phone is coming out. We assume Huawei felt pressured to finally show off the device since the rumors had been piling up for a while.

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The P50 series of phones will run HarmonyOS, but that's about everything we know for sure, as of now. It's likely that some of the P50 phones will use Qualcomm chips, as this is the case with some of Huawei's newly-revealed tablets. 

The launch hardships faced by the company are likely related to two things: the global chip shortage and negotiations with US smartphone hardware manufacturers. At this stage, the US trade ban isn't likely to be reversed (which is why HarmonyOS exists). 

All in all, as of now, we don't have a release date for the new phones, but at least we can confirm the leaked design and hope it'll make it out of the factory sooner than later.

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