The Huawei P50 Pocket wants to break into France by challenging the Galaxy Z Flip 3

The Huawei P50 Pocket is officially announced for France. It will try to cope with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3, whose foldable clamshell format is inspired.

Huawei P50 Pocket

The Huawei P50 Pocket is launched in France // Source: Huawei

The Huawei P50 Pocket already formalized in China is now coming to the French market – at the same time as the Huawei P50 Pro and the Huawei Watch GT Runner. If this foldable smartphone in clamshell format caught your eye, you will now have the opportunity to get it. Remember, however, that this Western launch does not rid the product of its two main handicaps: the absence of Google services and incompatibility with the 5G network.

Following the American embargo, Huawei lost the right to collaborate with Google in 2019 and therefore cannot preinstall its applications and services (eg Gmail, YouTube, Play Store, etc.). Then, as part of a tougher sanction, the Chinese manufacturer even saw its links with major component suppliers be severely affected.

Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition

The Premium Edition version of the P50 Pocket // Source: Huawei

This is probably why the brand can only use a 4G version of the Snapdragon 888 on its P50 Pocket. We had also heard about this version of the Qualcomm chip last March. For its part, Huawei does not provide an official explanation for this choice. We are therefore left with hypotheses.

The Huawei P50 Pocket takes on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Despite this, the Huawei P50 Pocket seems to cut to face the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 which remains the most popular foldable smartphone in clamshell format today. To succeed in this perilous mission, he has a few tricks up his sleeve. From an aesthetic point of view, it has the advantage of leaving no gap in the middle when it is folded. The two halves of the smartphone are really perfectly glued to each other. Alas, the hinge, although it seems quite robust, it does not allow the phone to be used in seated mode with a kind of FlexMode.

For the rest, note dimensions of 170 x 75.5 mm in the unfolded format. The thickness varies from 7.2 to 15.2 mm depending on whether the device is folded or unfolded. All this while displaying 190 grams on the scale.

Huawei P50 Pocket White

The P50 Pocket in white // Source: Huawei

The internal screen (which folds) has a diagonal of 6.9 inches with an OLED display. For definition, the P50 Pocket relies on Full HD+ (2790 x 1188 pixels).

A white version, a Premium version

Western markets are not yet officially entitled to HarmonyOS on Huawei smartphones, but the EMUI 12 interface is there. Count on 8 to 12 GB of RAM and 256 to 512 GB of storage depending on the version chosen: white or premium.

On the upper half of the rear face, the round and imposing photo module is very eye-catching, surmounting a screen, also round, of about the same size.

Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition

The Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition gets a textured back // Source: Huawei

Finally, the 4000 mAh battery is compatible with 40 W fast charging. Wireless charging is not available, however.

Price and availability of the Huawei P50 Pocket in France

The Huawei P50 Pocket is launched at the recommended price of 1299 euros in its white version, which will be available on March 1. For the Premium Edition version, you will have to pay 1599 euros. It will be available from January 26, from 2 p.m.

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