Honor 50 series launches in China


The Honor 50 series is its first set of major smartphones since the company was sold by Huawei. Comprised of the Honor 50 Pro, the vanilla Honor 50 and the Honor 50 SE, each smartphone is designed for a different market segment.

Honor 50 Pro

Its flagship in the lineup is the Honor 50 Pro. Here, you 6.72-inch FHD+ curved OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. Powering the show is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset alongside a 4000mAh battery. The latter offers an eye-watering 100W wired charging, taking the phone from 0-100 per-cent in just 25 minutes. But this also means there is no wireless charging support here.

Honor 50 series colorways
The Honor 50 Pro in various colours (via Honor)

Sporting quite a flashy rear design, this is also where you see find the unique camera design. It is a quad-camera setup here with a primary 108MP 1/1.52-inch sensor capable of nona-binning for shots comparable to a 12MP 2.1-micro pixel camera. Alongside, you find an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and 2MP sensors for macro shots and depth effects. Honor is also confident that the front facing cameras on the Honor 50 Pro can be used for selfies and videos. You find a 32MP primary camera alongside a 12MP secondary wider sensor with a 100-degree field of view.

Honor 50

The standard Honor 50 shares a lot of the Honor 50 Pro’s hardware. It sports the same Snapdragon 778G chipset and rear camera setup. Its 6.57-inch FHD+ OLED display though is slightly smaller and comes only with one 32MP selfie camera. Despite the smaller size, the vanilla Honor 50 packs a larger 4,300mAh battery with 66W wired charging, topping up to 100 per-cent in 45 minutes.

Honor 50 SE

With the Honor 50 SE, you find the most affordable device in the segment. It sports a 6.78-inch FHD+ LTPS LCD display, a MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G chipset and a 4,000mAh battery with 66W charging. As for optics, you find a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP macro lens accompanied by a 16MP seflie shooter.

Honor 50 series availability
Global availability of the Honor 50 series (via Honor)

All three smartphones come with Magic UI 4.2 running on top of Android 11. Bio-metrics wise, the Honor 50 SE comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner whereas the Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro have in-display fingerprint sensors. Support for Google Play Services on the smartphone lineup is also confirmed with global availability across a wide range of countries including the UAE.

Pricing and availability

With a global launch in due course, we only know about the Honor 50 series’ pricing in China. The Honor 50 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage will cost CN¥3,699 (Dh2,123.31). If you want to bump up to 12GB of RAM, the smartphone will cost CN¥3,999 (Dh2,295.52). The base variants of the Honor 50 and Honor 50 SE will cost CN¥2,699 (Dh1,549.29) and CN¥2,399 (Dh1,377.08) respectively.


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