Huawei teases the P50 Pocket, their upcoming foldable smartphone with a distinct Art Deco aesthetic

Huawei P50 Pocket Folding Clamshell Smartphone

Proving that they may be down but they’re definitely not out, Huawei dropped images of their upcoming foldable, the P50 Pocket in a photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar China. The folding phone models itself on the P50 (which launched in July this year) and will be exclusively available to Huawei’s Chinese demographic. Set to officially launch on the 23rd of December 2021, the phone comes in a clamshell format like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and the Moto Razr, although with an aesthetic that’s eye-catching, to say the least. Instead of flat shades or metallic hues, the smartphone’s surface sports embossed pattern-work with a gold finish, looking almost like an ornate makeup mirror from the Art Deco period.

Huawei P50 Pocket Folding Clamshell Smartphone

There are a few things worth unpacking with the P50 Pocket’s design – starting with its aesthetic. Created to clearly appeal to a certain demographic, the P50 Pocket probably won’t be a very cheap phone (some speculate within the $800-900 range), which explains its opulent aesthetic. The P50 Pocket, shown here in the hands of Chinese actress Guan Xiaotong, looks more like a makeup kit than a smartphone, trying to blur the lines between tech and fashion to create a phone that evokes a sense of desire. The embossed pattern and the gold finish reinforce that approach, while the phone sports two large black circles on its outer surface – one being a camera bump with not two, but THREE lenses, and the other, in fact, being a miniature display that acts as a notification screen and a viewfinder while taking selfies. When open, the camera bump and screen look a lot like the two black camera bumps seen on the original P50, creating a bridge between the P50 and the P50 Pocket’s design languages.

Huawei P50 Pocket Folding Clamshell Smartphone

While the P50 Pocket isn’t due for another 3 days, details have begun emerging of its technical specs. The phone is rumored to be equipped with a large 6.85-inch folding screen (marginally larger than the Galaxy Z Flip 3) on the inside, while the outer circular screen measures a mildly disappointing 1-inch in diameter (that’s much smaller than the display found on most smartwatches).

“The rear camera setup of the Huawei P50 Pocket has a Sony IMX766 50-megapixel primary camera. It will be coupled with a 13-megapixel ultrawide lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom”, GizmoChina reports. The clamshell-style phone will run on Huawei’s Kirin 9000 chipset (which means it won’t be 5G compatible), will have a 4,100mAh battery with support for 66W fast-charging, and a fingerprint reader built into the power button. The phone is rumored to be available in silver and gold color variants and will run Huawei’s own harmonyOS. Due to global restrictions, the phone isn’t likely to be sold outside the Chinese mainland, although I’m pretty sure a few tech YouTubers will have their reviews up pretty soon.

Designer: Huawei

Huawei P50 Pocket Folding Clamshell Smartphone

Huawei P50 Pocket Folding Clamshell Smartphone

Huawei P50 Pocket Folding Clamshell Smartphone

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Huawei’s grand comeback? Mate 50 Pro concept renders show a curved arc-display and two massive camera bumps

The past few years have been rough for Huawei. After being hit by heavy sanctions by the US government and subsequently seeing multiple vendors, carriers, and even tech suppliers back out of all contracts with the company, the company’s gone into a global hibernation of sorts. In 2017, it held the mantle of the world’s second-largest smartphone company, dethroning Apple in the process… now, Huawei’s phones, tablets, and laptops aren’t something the world hears much about. The flagship Mate series, however, seems to be the only buzzworthy device in Huawei’s current line-up, and Technizo Concept and LetsGoDigital have pieced together what could be the upcoming Mate 50 Pro smartphone.

The renders present a rather new direction for smartphones in general. The back of the smartphone comes with not one, but two camera bumps (that sit on a third raised surface), while the front is almost entirely just a display. Notably, the display curves onto both the left and right surfaces, forming what is being referred to as an ‘arc display’, and absorbing the area where you’d commonly find the power and volume buttons.

Designer: Technizo Concept for LetsGoDigital

The removal of the buttons gives the Mate 50 Pro its unique character. The screen now cascades towards the left and the right, allowing relevant information to be moved to these two ‘bars’ on the side. In fact, battery information, notifications, and the time now sit on the side – almost like information on the spine of a book – instead of on the top. This allows the front of the phone to be as ‘picturesque’ and clutter-free as possible… a fact reinforced by the presence of a discreet under-display camera instead of the intrusive hole-punch camera.

The buttons exist within this cascading screen too (as displayed in the image at the end of the article) as virtual touch-zones that you can push to wake the screen, control the volume, quick-launch apps, and even use as controls while gaming. According to the patent files analyzed by LetsGoDigital, the screen ‘strips’ on the side are force-sensitive, which means they respond differently based on how hard or soft you press the area. This allows you to build multiple functions into the same touch-zone, allowing you to tap softly to change volume, or harder to skip tracks. The documentation further states that the smartphone will be equipped with an AI chip, a heat dissipation regulation system (a cooling system), a vibration component, and even a stereo speaker.

Flip the phone over and you’re presented with two massive camera bumps. This layout may be familiar to people who remember the humongous camera bumps on the Huawei P50 (which received the ire of the internet back when it debuted in July). At least with the Mate 50 Pro concept, the camera bumps sit against a dark background, merging in instead of standing out like two black holes on the rear of the device.

While a lot of the details shown here are merely visualizations, there are a few things we can say with a respectable deal of certainty. The Mate 50 Pro will almost certainly be 5G ready, and will run on the latest version of the company’s HarmonyOS. There’s no concrete timeline on when Huawei will launch or even ship these phones, given that the entire tech world is dealing with severe chip shortages (something that’s added fuel to the fire with Huawei’s existing sanction problems). Nevertheless, these images definitely do paint a rosy picture of what the Chinese tech-giant is capable of achieving, even with limited resources.

Images via LetsGoDigital

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