The HONOR 50 and HONOR 50 Pro smartphones were just launched in China!
Here is what you need to know about these new Chinese smartphones with “Giant Eyes”!
HONOR 50 | HONOR 50 Pro : What You Need To Know!
The HONOR 50 and HONOR 50 Pro are the first smartphones to debut from the new HONOR, after HUAWEI sold the brand to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology.
It is also their first smartphone to reintroduce Google Mobile Services (which is banned to their original parent company – HUAWEI).
That itself is the biggest, and arguably, the most important news of their launch event on 16 June 2021.
But the most eye-catching part of these new HONOR smartphones? That can only be their Giant Eyes!
They are both built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G mobile platform, which has 8 processor cores :
- 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 670 Prime core (2.4 GHz)
- 3 x Qualcomm Kryo 670 Gold cores (2.2 GHz)
- 4 x Qualcomm Kryo 670 Silver cores (1.9 GHz)
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G also features the Adreno 642L GPU, Snapdragon X53 5G modem, Hexagon 770 AI engine, and Spectra 570L image signal processor.
The HONOR 50 Pro features dual VC (vacuum chamber) liquid cooling, paired with graphene sheet for better cooling performance. It also comes with a 4D linear motor for tactile feedback while gaming.
Both smartphone models come with 8 GB of RAM, and up to 256 GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card support, so you will not be able to add more storage.
Both the HONOR 50 and HONOR 50 Pro come with OLED displays, capable of 10-bit colour with 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut and a 1 to 5 million contrast ratio.
The HONOR 50 has a 6.57-inch display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Meanwhile, the Pro model has a larger 6.72-inch display, with a resolution of 1236 x 2676 pixels.
Both displays have a 120 Hz refresh rate, and a 300 Hz touch sampling rate. They also have a 75° curved edge on both sides, with design cues that are remarkably reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S10.
In the front, both models come with a 32 MP high-resolution selfie camera. The Pro model has an additional front camera – a wide-angle 12 MP camera that boasts larger pixels for better low-light performance.
In the back, they both feature the same “quad-camera” system, that consists of :
- a 108 MP main camera, with f/1.9 aperture
- an 8 MP wide-angle camera, with f/2.2 aperture
- a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
- a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture
We should point out that the depth sensor does NOT take any pictures, so it’s really just a triple camera system.
Battery + Charging
The HONOR 50 has a 4,300 mAh battery, and supports 66 watt Super Fast Charging :
- 20 minutes to charge to 70%
- 45 minutes to charge to 100%
The Pro model comes with a slightly smaller 4,000 mAh battery but supports 100 watt Super Fast Charging :
- 20 minutes to charge to 90%
- 25 minutes to charge to 100%
As you can see, they are both pretty darn fast at recharging their batteries!
HONOR 50 | HONOR 50 Pro : Specifications
To make it easier for you, we compare their key specifications in this table :
|Specifications||HONOR 50 Pro||HONOR 50|
|Display||6.72-inch OLED||6.57-inch OLED|
|Display Resolution||1236 x 2676 pixels||1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Display Features||120 Hz refresh rate
300 Hz touch sampling rate
1:5 million contrast ratio
|Operating System||Magic UI 4.2 (based on Android 11)|
|System Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G|
|Dual VC Cooling||Yes||No|
|Storage||256 GB||128 GB / 256 GB|
|Front Camera||32 MP (f/2.2)
12 MP ultra-wide (f/2.4)
|32 MP (f/2.2)|
|Rear Cameras||108 MP main camera (f/1.9)
8 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
2 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
USB Type C
|4D Linear Motor||Yes||No|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Under Display, Optical|
|Battery||4,000 mAh||4,300 mAh|
|Charging||100 W Super Fast Charge||66 W Super Fast Charge|
|Dimensions||74.7 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
|73.8 mm wide
160 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
|Weight||187 g||175 g|
HONOR 50 | HONOR 50 Pro : Price + Availability
Both smartphones are available for pre-sale booking in China at these price points :
- HONOR 50 : RMB 2,699 (about RM1,737 / US$420 / £300 / A$552 / S$562)
- HONOR 50 Pro : RMB 3,699 (about RM2,381 / US$575 / £411 / A$757 / S$770)
They are available in four colour options – Frost Cystal, Amber Red, Emerald Green and Midnight Black.
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