[REVIEW] : Multimedia: start of the test of the sparkling Huawei P50 Pro

We’ve been testing the flamboyant Huawei P50 Pro for some time, which stands out for its memorable look. What is the last Chinese Android stallion really worth, still deprived of Google services and devoid of 5G. Start of the test and small comparison with the P40 Pro +.

Let’s not go four ways. We have always greatly appreciated Huawei smartphones and the Chinese’s ability to innovate, unfairly deprived of certain technologies. These discriminatory measures do not prevent the brilliant technological group from offering a flagship with a sublime look! (specifications).

Huawei P50 Pro: for the look!

Not only does this Huawei P50 Pro wear a sparkling dress, but its look is simply prodigious. Its 6.6-inch OLED screen and its contained size make it a very pleasant device in the hand. It is one of the most beautiful smartphones of the moment!

Obviously, we cannot resist passing it immediately to the question. And on the AnTuTu benchmark tool, the result falls quickly. The ultimate flagship powered by the American Snapdragon 888 4G chip reaches 800,000 points. A very comfortable value, which however does not reach the heights.

A responsive system

Never mind. EMUI 12’s interface is still superb, and the Android-powered system is most responsive. A real pleasure to use on a daily basis with an ergonomic Huawei touch that you sometimes have to tame when you are used to pure Android. However, the result is very convincing.

On a daily basis, deprived of Google services, we use the Petalsearch service which gives access to an ever-increasing number of applications, including Swiss ones. What probably do without Google services, some of which remain available in the internet browser.

Start of photo test

At the time of writing, we have already compared this Huawei P50 Pro to the latest flagships on the market. We will come back to this later. To begin with, it is interesting to measure the progress made since the release of the Huawei P40 Pro+…

The small comparison below gives an idea of ​​the improvements, but not only. If the video stabilization has progressed a lot in 100x mode, there are also some problems with halos in low light.

Harmony OS: Huawei’s brave new start

The system will also work on smartwatches. Huawei also plans to use it on TVs, in-car consoles or smart home appliances. At first, Harmony OS is not intended for your own series of laptops. Here it stays with Windows. Similar to Android devices through “Your Smartphone”, however, Matebook users can access their smartphone through an app.

Memories of Android and iPadOS

The design of the smartwatches is strongly reminiscent of Apple’s watchOS, which for smartphones and tablets is reminiscent of Android (and a bit of iPadOS), expanded with widgets and an improved control center that should allow the sharing of applications, files and functions between individual Huawei devices a breeze. For example, the FreeBuds 4 shown today should connect to a Harmony smartphone or tablet with a simple swipe. Or with the new MateView and MateView GT monitors.

Harmony-OS-Smartwatch Huawei Watch 3

But perhaps the most important news today: Huawei keeps its promises! The first devices with Harmony OS are ready, although an official start date for Germany is still missing. The new Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro smartwatches, as well as the new MatePad 11 and MatePad Pro 12.6 tablets come with the new system ex works.

And the apps? Official confirmation is still lacking, but it looks like Huawei’s App Gallery apps for Android will also work on Harmony OS. This is at least the case with the applications presented today by Kicker, Stocard and Tagesschau, which are intended to enrich the new Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro. On the first tablets, we saw, among other things, WPS Office. Runtime Android apps would be a big plus for the new system.

Harmony OS: the wheel reinvented and embellished

Let’s say it like it is: Harmony OS doesn’t look like a revolution. Huawei took an old Android, derived its own system from it, modernized it, added a sprinkle of iPadOS and garnished it with some fresh ideas. But you know what? It suits us !

Because let’s remember: Huawei had no other choice after the boycott imposed by the US government at the time and the forced renunciation associated with Android. Want to quickly trample a new operating system from the ground up while everyone of developers is focused on the Android and iOS duopoly? In the short time that Huawei had to reinvent itself, it was hardly possible otherwise.

What we’re seeing now with Harmony OS is a satisfying new beginning that leaves room for improvement. Many questions remain unanswered, such as: What about Harmony OS smartphones? And: When will the new flagship P50 Pro finally arrive? Huawei is currently at a crossroads, but it really doesn’t look like the end some had suspected. More after a brave new start. Huawei lives.