Chinese giant Huawei will host its next successful launch event tomorrow, July 29, where the firm is expected to unveil its alternative to Android 12 as well as a brand new flagship smartphone. In the final hours before the bumper event, some details were leaked.
Huawei’s latest launch comes just over a year after the previous announcement of its Huawei P40 phone – and almost two years since it was hit with a trade ban by the United States, which l ‘prevented from dealing with all American companies. This means that while its phones still use some version of Android, it hasn’t been able to include popular apps and services like Gmail, Google Maps, or the Google Play Store.
In response, its sales in the United States and Europe plummeted. In 2020, it was a real competitor to Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi, appearing in the top five of smartphone brands. However, in the first three months of this year, Huawei suffered a dramatic drop from grace and was overtaken by newcomers Oppo and Vivo.
However, Huawei did not take the ban on lying down.
He spent two years developing his own operating system to avoid relying on Google’s Android. Rival HarmonyOS has already been announced for the company’s latest two tablets in the MatePad line. But one of the most anticipated announcements tomorrow will be exactly what it looks like on mobile.
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As you might expect, Huawei’s website is light on details, but boasts that “HarmonyOS will unlock new communication capabilities between devices and take advantage of innovative features for superior overall performance, with powerful security management. “.
Other details of the new phone are scarce.
The Verge believes that cameras will again be a major selling point. Huawei’s phones were one of the first to have zoom lenses and a night mode. Fueling the rumors, Huawei executive Richard Yu teased on his Weibo page that the phone would mark “a new era of mobile imagery.” The leaked photos appear to show a huge array of rear cameras.
Journalist Ishan Agarwal, who has a solid track record of unannounced smartphones, shared on Twitter today that he has received full specification details for the Huawei P50.
He revealed that the new flagship handset will have a 13MP front camera and a total of 167MP split between four rear cameras. It will be available in 256GB and 512GB models, with 4360mAh, 66W wired, 50W wireless charging and stereo speakers. However, Agarwal claims that the telephone not use 5G connectivity, which would be a surprising decision for a Chinese company.
If its facts are correct, the Huawei P50 could also use a Time of Flight camera. This cutting-edge technology is used to help cameras determine the distance between objects, making it ideally suited for augmented reality and virtual reality applications and games.
While these specs look promising – and Agarwal has been on the money before – we won’t know until the product launch tomorrow. Express.co.uk will be tuned in, so check back tomorrow for the real specs and interior story.