Huawei is building its HarmonyOS and Huawei Mobile Services to make them relevant options for that outside of China. Huawei’s AppGallery already has around 134,000 applications and has seen 4 million developers sign up for the Harmony platform. The Huawei P50 series certainly will play an important role in the HarmonyOS future. We are curious to see if the smartphones will already prove to be interesting for global customers as other Huawei flagships in the times prior to the ban.
Huawei P40 series to sport Leica cameras and Snapdragon 888 (4G-only) CPU
According to an official teaser, the Huawei P50 smartphones will still use Leica cameras and at least one model will have a 125 mm periscope lens with f/3.4 aperture. Apparently, this is the same lens that was on the P40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro. However, the rumors still suggest new sensors for the Huawei P50 generation. When it comes to the chipsets, the situation is a little more complicated and slightly shady.
Apparently, and without much surprise, Huawei has a dwindling supply of Kirin 9000 chips. The company used most of the units on the Huawei Mate 50 series. These chips were the last in-house processors that the company could get from TSMC. According to rumors, the company may resort to using Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 variants with 4G-only connectivity. For now, the question is how the company will divide these two chips between units for China and the global market.
While bringing the Huawei P50 series to global markets immediately may sound like a bold step forward, bringing a flagship SoC with just 4G can represent two steps forward. While the Snapdragon 888 4G may sound interesting for flagship killers or premium mid-range smartphones, it may not be sound so interesting in phones that will compete in the premium segment. After all, the whole flagship segment now offers 5G connectivity as a standard.
We expect more details to appear ahead of the next week’s unveiling.