Wednesday, May 18

That Huawei launches a high-end mobile at 1,199 euros is not unusual. Let him do it with last year’s specs, yeah

The Huawei thing is strange. When he presented his Huawei P50 Pro last year in China, we already said that they had been made to beg more than ever. They have taken even longer for its launch in Spain, which takes place today and certainly has unique connotations.

The most relevant, which we are facing a high range of 2022 in price, but of 2021 in specifications. The Huawei P50 Pro costs 1,199 euros, but its Snapdragon 888 – although notable – is a SoC relegated to the background before its successor. Not only that: we are facing a mobile without Google services or applications, and which is also based on Android 10, very far from the latest Android 12.

22 months is a lot of months

Waiting. A P50 Pro in January? Wouldn’t I already touch the P60 Pro? Judging by Huawei’s releases in recent years, yes. A quick review of that timeline makes it clear:

And yet, we have before us a cell phone that seems to be late. Not only when it was presented in China last year, but now when it is presented in Spain. It’s been no less than 22 months since the P40 Pro arrived in our country, and that makes the P50 Pro have things a little more difficult than its predecessors.

Here one could argue that the chip shortage and the pandemic have wreaked havoc on Huawei, but the same could have happened with the rest of the manufacturers. None of them have taken that long in offering its mobile innovations like Huawei —there have been limitations in the pace of production, yes—, and the pace has basically been just as frenetic as in previous years.

Thus, we are faced with some terminals (we include the striking foldable, the P50 Pocket) that arrive with prices that would make us think of totally “inside” mobiles in 2022, but that actually they are not quite.

This is demonstrated by the fact that these devices have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, some really powerful chips but which were the defining characteristic of a “high-end” in 2021. In 2022 things change, especially since we have its successor, the even more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, already being the protagonist, for example, in the Xiaomi 12 Pro and with several manufacturers having confirmed terminals with said SoC.

This chip also has another problem: it is the version with 4G modem: The commercial veto prevents them from accessing 5G connectivity support, which adds to the great obstacle that for many is not being able to count on Google services and applications.

In fact, in this last sense there is another striking section: we are facing a smartphone with Android 10 (and EMUI 12) when the latest version is Android 12.

It is true that this version will still take time to reach many terminals, but it is assumed that the new high-end 2022 should have it – the aforementioned Xiaomi 12 Pro does, for example. That we don’t even have Android 11 here is certainly surprising. It is also striking that they have not opted for HarmonyOS 2.0, as they did in the terminals that were presented in China, and that also had differences in the SoC: the P50 Pro had, in addition to the Snapdragon 888, the Kirin 9000.

In everything else – cameras included – of course we are facing a terminal that is surely perfectly solvent, but it is certainly surprising that Huawei offers this terminal at this price and at this time. It remains to be seen if the price ends up being lower than the official price in stores, but of course Huawei’s strategy here seems strange.