Although until recently everything related to folding phones sounded like siren songs, these have become a reality with a lot of projection into the future.
Samsung and Huawei were two of the first manufacturers to venture into this uncharted territory. And although Samsung has more models on the market, Huawei is beginning to gain presence.
In recent weeks, the Chinese manufacturer presented the Huawei P50 Pocket, its first folding phone in clamshell format. This device is currently the strongest rival to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 released in 2021.
We tested both phones, so here we explain what the main differences between the two are, as well as their weaknesses and strengths.
Design: Huawei goes one step ahead
Both devices have a clamshell format (in my opinion, the most usable in this type of phone), but having arrived later allowed Huawei to develop a much more refined device.
For one thing, the panel crease on Huawei’s device is much more subtle, and from most angles you won’t even notice it exists. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, the crease is noticeable even when viewed from a slightly off angle. Also, the groove is much deeper.
Another construction difference between the two is found in the hinge that allows the screen to fold. In the P50 Pocket, the hinge folds completely, without leaving a gap like in the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Thanks to this, the Huawei P50 Pocket is thinner than the Galaxy Z Flip 3 when folded (from 15.2 mm to 15.9 mm). mm).
The two devices have a secondary screen with which it is possible to interact, although each one has its advantages and disadvantages. In the case of the Z Flip 3, this is larger than in the P50 Pocket, so it is easier to interact with it. However, only the Huawei device allows us to take photos and videos with the main camera from this display, something that I find very useful.
Performance, software and autonomy
In terms of performance, both phones are evenly matched. In both we find a Snapdragon 888 processor accompanied by 12 GB RAM and 256 or 512 GB of storage.
The differences come in the connectivity and software sections. The P50 Pocket lacks 5G and access to Google services due to the veto that the company is subject to by the US government. As I mentioned in its extensive revision, this does not make the device less functional, but it can be an objection for some buyers, especially considering its high price.
In the case of autonomy, Huawei beats Samsung by a landslide, because not only do we get more battery time with your device, but it also offers a fast charge of 40 we include the charger in the box. The Z Flip 3 only offers 15w fast charging and don’t expect to find the included charger.
And the cameras?
In the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip we have two cameras of 12 MP each – the secondary one is an ultra wide angle – and a front 10 MP. In the case of Huawei’s phone, there is a 40 MP main camera, a 13 MP ultra wide angle and a 32 MP hyperspectral camera.
The images with the Samsung device are pleasant, but they do not stand out at all compared to the results that Huawei offers us in most situations. However, in the case of selfies, the results offered by the Samsung phone are more natural and realistic for me.
In the case of photos in night mode, both devices give similar results, although the Huawei P50 Pocket contains better light sources and offers a higher level of sharpness.
Although we are facing two excellent phones in many aspects, the differences between the two are substantial. The Huawei P50 Pocket is better in cameras and autonomy, but above all in terms of design, an evolution to which the Galaxy Z Flip saga is predestined.
However, in addition to not having 5G and GSM, it is a very expensive device ($1,800 dollars), especially if we compare it with the Samsung phone whose price is $700 dollars less.