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Huawei is back in the game again with the P50 Pro. This phone was launched here in Malaysia and the price of it is RM4,199. We could be harsh with Huawei products but I think they deserve better. So, in today’s video, let’s take a look at the new Huawei P50 Pro and see what’s new.

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For this review, we’ll continue with our 6 points but more emphasis will be given to the software since it is very different compared to its predecessors.

Design

Okay. Starting with the design of the phone.

Huawei P50 Pro

To have a look at all the pictures taken with the Huawei P50 Pro, watch our video at the top of this review.

As for the B/W sensor, I honestly think its existence is not justifiable. I took two pictures in extreme darkness in my room – one covering the B/W sensor, and another without. Both pictures appear to be identical. So what’s the point?

From what I can find out, it’s only used to take monochrome pictures – and honestly, that’s way too niche of a use case to justify its existence.

Performance

I’m honestly not gonna highlight much here. The Huawei P50 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 888 chipset – and it’s going to perform just like any other Snapdragon 888 phone – but only with 4G support.

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I have absolutely no idea why Huawei decided to make this P50 Pro 4G only since 5G is around the corner already. And Huawei was also the first one to push mid-range 5G phones 1.5 years ago. Seriously, why?

Battery

The battery of the P50 Pro is at 4360mAh. Not the biggest in terms of battery capacity and definitely not the best in terms of battery life too, as we only get about 9 hours in our battery life test. Of course, the Snapdragon 888’s inefficiency also plays a part in this.

Huawei P50 Pro

For the charging times, the Huawei P50 Pro comes with a 66W proprietary charger and it charges from 15% to 100% in about an hour. Pretty slow, if you ask me.

Software

Alright, this is the most interesting part to me. The Huawei P50 Pro still comes with EMUI, now version 12.0.1. It’s filled with random app shortcuts that I can’t disable or remove. It still doesn’t have Google Mobile Services but that is not the point for today’s topic.

Huawei P50 Pro

Huawei has been developing their own mobile service for a long time now and some parts of it are very obvious – for example, Petal Search used to be only an aggregator of links for APKs but has now transformed into something like Google Now cards.

Huawei P50 Pro

There’s even Petal Maps, which is an alternative to both Google Maps and Apple Maps. Then, if you have other Huawei products – like laptop or tablet, it can all interconnect and work together, like combining screens for example. That is like how Apple’s ecosystem works with Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

Huawei P50 Pro

Since we brought up Apple, we should also point out that Huawei seems to have just copied the iPhone’s control center. It looks and feels very similar.

Other than that, the settings menu and everything still remains the same as the previous version of EMUI, if memory serves me right. I’m okay with this. However, Huawei is going to push an update the P50 Pro and migrate from EMUI to Harmony OS. We’re not sure when that’ll happen and what will change when that update arrives.

Should you buy the Huawei P50 Pro?

So, finally, the price of RM4,199. Do I recommend you to go out right now and buy the Huawei P50 Pro? Not really. You need to know what you’re getting into. By that, I mean the argument of “not having Google Mobile Services” comes back up, alongside all the troubles that come along. Banking apps don’t work, McDonald’s app doesn’t work, Lalamove doesn’t work.

Downloading and subsequently updating a lot of the commonly-found apps become a chore. Even Genshin Impact isn’t available in the Huawei AppGallery!

Huawei P50 Pro

Also, this is the only “flagship” smartphone that purposely deleted 5G support for no reason. I mean, we’ve already tested 5G here in Malaysia – it’s ready to be used right now.

And hence, the conclusion to this review is simple – the Huawei P50 Pro is actually a decent phone – just crippled by its lack of apps.

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