By Edward Lim
Other than foldables, most smartphones look similar at the front. When not powered on, it’s just a black reflective glass screen. Perhaps the only distinguisable difference from a frontal view is the screen size, which really doesn’t tell much.
It’s only when the phone’s flipped over that it is easier to identity various makes and models. In this sense, the Huawei P50 Pro stands out from the crowd.
Take a look at its Dual-Matrix camera design at the rear (see top) set in a contact lens case-shaped housing. The pair of circles are so eye-catching that no one can say they don’t know where the camera is.
Behind them are four cameras: 50MP f/1.8 wide angle with OIS, 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle, 64MP f/3.5 periscope telephoto with OIS and 3.5x optical zoom, and 40MP f/1.6 monochrome.
And this camera setup should thrill professional photographers who can tweak the settings to their heart’s content.
The front camera’s pretty impressive too — 13MP, wide angle, f/2.4, and autofocus.
A post-editing tool that I like is the object removal feature that lets me scrub out unwanted objects in the background.
Enough about the cameras and photography. The P50 Pro is relatively lightweight at 195g and comes with a 6.6-inch display.
Like most flagship models, it dispenses with the 3.5mm headphone jack, which can be really painful when one needs to charge the phone and listen to music via a cabled headphone at the same time.
As an Android user, I feel that one thing that stacks against Huawei is the ecosystem, no thanks to US government intervention. While Huawei has its own AppGallery, jumping that one more hurdle and not having Google apps native makes it harder to adopt the device.
Having said that, Huawei does have an excellent ecosystem of great devices — notebooks, tablets and wearables — so it would be a joy for those who decide to hop on board lot, stock and barrel.
Oh yes, the price. The P50 Pro in available Cocoa Gold or Golden Black with 8GB RAM and 256GB memory for S$1,548.