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Huawei P50 Pocket: The Android-less Foldable

Huawei P50 Pocket

Huawei P50 Pocket: The Android-less Foldable  

As you have observed, all of the foldable phones that are commercially released and sold run on Android. Since Apple still does not release its version of the phone, there is another foldable phone that runs a “different” Android OS. You might have already guessed it since there is only one famous manufacturer who has this issue. 


The US-China trade ban had affected the sales of Huawei smartphones. It is believed that one of the effects is to sell the company’s sub-brand Honor to another company.

The new owner of the Honor brand continues to sell Android phones, and compared to its previous parent company Huawei has to create its own operating system.  


Following the trend of smartphone technology, Huawei released its own clamshell foldable phone.

Many observed that it looks similar to the Galaxy Z Flip and that it even bears the same location as the logo when the phone is closed. The Huawei P50 Pocket has the hopes that Huawei could once again lead the smartphone industry.  


Moving forward, Huawei P50 Pocket is still an amazing device even if it does not have Google Play Services. Starting with the design, the standard version is only available in black or white and Premium Edition is in gold with an embossed design.

It has a triple camera setup with a similarly sized circle-shaped touch screen, which doubles as a viewfinder when taking selfies in the primary camera. The design is reminiscent of the standard Huawei P50 phone. 


When the device is opened, you’ll immediately feel like it is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Though the most notable difference is that this phone folds flat on the edges, unlike the one from Samsung that has a visible gap. Amazingly, the screen still has a crease but somehow disappears when the screen is used in full color.

Talking about the hardware, the device can be charged over USB-C and has a slot for a memory card of up to 256GB. It is not water-resistant, unlike Samsung’s latest foldable phones. 


If you are wondering about the security of the phone, there is a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. Additional features include the USB on the go function, 4000 mAh battery, and available in 8GB or 12GB RAM (availability will depend on the market).

It also uses a dual nano-sim tray, perfect for those who do not like the eSIM. Like all Huawei phones that are recently released, apps can be downloaded from the Huawei AppGallery which promises to provide the availability of the most frequently downloaded apps. 


Just like the Huawei P50 series, the pocket version only has 4G connectivity. This may be a reason for some not to buy it, considering it does not have Google Play Services out of the box. Still, 4G connection is still pretty fast, but those who prefer high definition content and frequent downloaders may prefer 5G.

Overall, this Huawei device seems to be carefully planned but the lack of some essential upgraded functions may hinder consumers to buy one. 

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