A more premium Z Flip 3 rival

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Huawei joined Samsung as part of the first wave of foldable phones in 2019, and the company’s foldable phones have all been big screens until now. Now the company has decided to go after the Galaxy Z Flip series by launching the Huawei P50 Pocket clamshell foldable.

The device is available in a Diamond White variant with a diamond pattern on the back, a black model and a premium gold version. The P50 Pocket also has a rather interesting design, with two round cases. One housing houses a triple camera system on the rear, while the other houses a 1.04-inch external display (340 x 340). This screen can be used for the date/time, notifications, selfies via the rear cameras and more.

Unfold the Huawei P50 Pocket and you’ll be greeted by a 6.9-inch foldable OLED display (2,790 x 1,188), with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, an anti-reflective coating and a 21:9 aspect ratio. The company also claims that the foldable has its own hinge that allows for a no-opening design when folded.

The meat and the potatoes?

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Huawei’s latest foldable is powered by the Snapdragon 888 4G SoC, which is no longer Snapdragon’s latest flagship. Nevertheless, this should still be powerful enough to run almost any task and play the most advanced Android titles on the market without any problems.

A 4,000mAh battery also keeps the lights on, which is significantly larger than the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s 3,300mAh capacity. We also get 40W wired charging here. Huawei has not revealed how long it will take for the phone to reach full capacity, but previous Huawei devices with 40W charging were topped up in about an hour.

The round housing of the P50 Pocket moves to the camera side and houses a triple rear camera system. More specifically, you get a 40MP main camera (26mm, f/1.8), 13MP ultra-wide camera (13mm, f/2.2, 120-degree field of view, macro shooting) and a 32MP “super spectrum” sensor (30mm, f /1.8).

Huawei has also implemented a weird but cool fluorescent photography mode via the super spectrum sensor. In fact, Huawei says this sensor can also be used to check if you’ve applied sunscreen correctly or if you’ve removed all of your makeup. We’ll definitely give this a try when we get our hands on the device, as both features certainly sound unique in the smartphone space.

Otherwise, a 10.7MP camera in a center-mounted punch cutout can handle selfies. But you can also use the external display to take selfies via the rear cameras.

Other notable features include Harmony OS, a fingerprint scanner on the side, face unlock (via the external camera or selfie camera), dual SIM support, NM card support (a disappointment when microSD is the industry standard), Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6.

Availability and prices of Huawei P50 Pocket

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Huawei says sales will start in China starting today, starting at 8,988 yuan (~$1,411) for the 8GB/256GB model. The gold premium edition model costs 10,988 Yuan (~$1,725), comes with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. That’s a pretty penny compared to the $999 price tag of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and will likely be higher outside of China.

Speaking of wider releases, we’ve asked Huawei about the worldwide availability of the P50 Pocket and will update the article if/when it gets back to us. Although a certainty is that it will not come with Google support if it launches outside of China.

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